How to Test ABS Brakes

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Anti-lock braking systems, or ABS brakes, help you stay in control of your vehicle. Test your ABS system with the advice of an automotive expert in this free video.

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Hi there. Jody DeVere. - automotive advice for women. I'm here at a certified female-friendly location, Puente Hills Hyundai, to talk to you about understanding your ABS, or your anti-lock braking system. Anti-lock braking systems are designed to help you stay in control of your vehicle during emergency stops or panic stops. You may experience ABS, the feeling of ABS, when you stomp on the brakes you feel a pulsating feel in the brake pedal or it drops to the floor, even pushes back at you. That's perfectly normal when you have ABS brakes. If you don't have ABS brakes, you're not going to feel anything like that during a panic stop. In fact, if you stop hard, the difference is that you may fishtail, your brakes lock up, and you may actually slide on the road or go out of control. The safety feature of ABS is that it actually allows you to steer through while you're braking, and it operates very much like very very fast braking to sort of allow you to slow down but keep control. So just to wrap it up, don't panic if you have an emergency stop and you feel your brake pedal start vibrating or push back at you. That just means your ABS brakes have activated and are helping you stay in control during an emergency stop situation. That's a safety feature, and that keeps you safe, smart, and car savvy.


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