Anti-Lock Brakes

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We all take for granted the little pieces of our vehicles that work without our asking. There are certain parts that we’re not exactly sure how they work… we just rely on the fact that they do.

One such system are the anti-lock brakes. We are all familiar with seeing the ABS symbol light up when we crank our Chevy car or truck, but what does this symbol stand for and what is the purpose of anti-lock brakes?

Anti-lock brakes allow the wheels on a vehicle to maintain contact with the road and prevents the wheels from ceasing rotation. The anti-lock brake system was first conceived for use on aircraft vessels in France in 1929. In 1958, the Maxaret anti-lock brakes were tested and used on a Royal Enfield Super Meteor motorcycle. The first completely electronic system was established in the late 1960s for the Concorde aircraft.

Chrysler introduced their ABS called the ‘Sure Brake’ for their Imperial car in 1971. Ford also added their version of it called the ‘Sure-track’ to the Lincoln Continentals. Not long after, General Motors came out with their ‘Trackmaster’ option for certain Cadillac vehicles as well as the Oldsmobile Toronado. By 1988, BMW presented the very first motorcycle with the new electronic-hydraulic ABS.

There are a few things you should know about using the anti-lock brake system. If you feel the need to quickly apply brakes and are not familiar with ABS, keep your foot on the brake. There will be a bit of either pressure or a pulsating feeling when the system has engaged. You may hear grinding or noises coming from your car. Do not be alarmed.

It is also very important that you do not pump your brakes if you have an anti-lock brake system. Practice driving with the ABS. It is important for you to understand how the system feels when you engage it and how to react to it. Remember that you can steer when you are braking.

We hope this information and tips for anti-lock brakes help you in the future. Please pass on this information since it can help everyone who drives a vehicle. If you need your system checked for functionality, stop by SouthTowne Motors service department. We will be more than happy to assist you.

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