A person can determine if a vehicle has anti-lock brakes by consulting the vehicle's owner's manual to see information about the car's parts and features or by looking for an "ABS" indicator light on the vehicle's instrument panel when the car is first turned on. Anti-lock brakes are more commonly found in newer vehicles. Some benefits of them are that they are less likely to skid and they can be easier to maintain steering with while braking, helping the driver keep control of the car when braking suddenly.Continue Reading
If the owner has lost the original manual, copies can frequently be found online on various websites, and many car manufacturers sell additional paper copies.If the ABS indicator light comes on at any other time besides when the car is just starting up, AAA notes that this is a sign of a brake problem that should be looked at by a mechanic to ensure the safety of car occupants.
Cars that have anti-lock brake systems could either have four-wheel or rear-wheel-only systems. The difference is that none of the wheels will lock up on four-wheel systems during sudden braking, while the front wheels may still lock up on rear-only systems.Learn more about Brakes
Car brakes overheat for various reasons, including as a result of riding the brake and applying excessive force to or overusing the brakes. When brakes overheat on a regular basis, hardened spots can develop on the brake drums or the rotors. These "hot spots" resist friction, causing brake failure.Full Answer >
While there are several reasons brakes lock up, one is a dragging caliper piston. The friction this causes heats brake fluid and increases the pressure in the brake lines, locking a single wheel. Taking the car for a short drive and then checking the wheels for one that is warmer than the rest is a quick way to check for this problem.Full Answer >
Change the brakes on a car by jacking the car up, removing the wheel from the hub, removing the caliper, and then removing the brake pads. Install the new brake pads into the caliper, and reattach the caliper. Bleed the brakes to ensure no air is trapped in the brake lines, and replace the wheel. Finish the job by tightening the lug nuts to the specifications found in the owner's manual for the vehicle and installing the hubcap.Full Answer >
To bleed the brakes on a car, support the car with jacks, remove the wheels, and connect the clear tubing to the bleeder valve. Pump the brake pedal thrice, hold the pedal down, open the bleeder valve to release the brake fluid and air, and repeat the process to your satisfaction.Full Answer >