Driving In the Snow With Your ABS Lights On? Here’s What You Need to Know!

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Categories: ABS Module Repair

Winter is almost here, and if your vehicle is not fully ready, then you may find yourself stressed out behind the wheel. Many drivers are guilty of seeing that Check Engine light come on and failing to check it promptly, but what about that orange light with the letters ABS? Your anti-lock brake system (ABS) is an invaluable tool to help provide safer results in emergency stopping situations. No matter the reason, suddenly applying your brakes will cause the vehicle to lock up and begin to skid. Your ABS module is charged with processing the data from across your vehicle to provide safe and reliable results, regardless of the road conditions.

MyAirbags specializes in airbag module resets, but our team can also provide fast and effective ABS module repairs as well. As opposed to simple repairs, our technicians solve the problem at its source to return your ABS module in like-new condition. Our service is fast, affordable, and 100% guaranteed. 

Keep reading to learn more about the value of ABS for winter driving, and be sure to browse our ABS module repairs to find the make and model of your vehicle. Have questions? You can contact us online for complete assistance!

How Your ABS Works

Many people rave about the value and safety of their ABS system, and for good reason. Relying on a brake control module, your ABS will pump the brakes automatically to prevent a lock-up along any of the wheels. This anti-lock brake system senses braking pressure and checks to ensure that all of your wheels are turning. If one wheel locks up during rapid braking procedures, the ABS will modulate that wheel and lessen the brake pressure until it begins spinning. Once the tire is moving again, brake pressure will then be reapplied. Your ABS control module will apply this technique to all four tires until they all stop turning.

Always Use Caution!

Your ABS module is designed to help maintain control of the vehicle during emergency stopping events, and should engage to provide stability if you find yourself in a slippery situation. However, not locking up the wheels on very slippery roads can prevent snow and dirt from damming in front of your tires, increasing your stopping distance. It’s important to ensure your vehicle is operating properly, but it is also important to rely on your skills instead of trusting technology to do all of the work.

Driving in Wintry Conditions

In many situations, a properly working or repaired ABS module will help to retain traction and steering capabilities when the brakes are suddenly pressed. Keep in mind that your wheels will not lock up, but may begin to skid. The key is to brake as softly as possible to balance the vehicle’s static and kinetic friction. Most racing pros will advise you that the softer the softer is, the softer you should brake. This is done to actually minimize stopping distance.

On the other hand, if you need to brake suddenly, then the ABS will activate and provide considerable steering control. This is ideal for navigating a positive route in a worst-case scenario!

The Signs of a Bad ABS Control Module

If you’re worried about your ABS module and whether or not it requires repair, there are a few signs that may indicate trouble. A few of the top signs of ABS problems include:

  • ABS light comes on — One of the most obvious signs of trouble in your vehicle is an orange light that looks similar to your Check Engine Light, except now the letters ABS are present. 
  • Sluggish brakes — If your brake pedal does not feel as responsive as it used to, then your ABS control module may be to blame. This is often a gradual issue, so be sure to investigate if you notice your pedal becoming harder to press down.
  • Hard to brake — Your vehicle’s brakes should work with very little effort. If it requires more and more effort to stop your car or truck, then we recommend seeking out professional assistance before the problem worsens!
  • Brakes continue locking up — Certain malfunctions can actually cause your faulty ABS module to send false signals, locking up the brakes during normal driving conditions. This can prove hazardous, so be sure to send in your ABS module for repairs to ensure your vehicle does not randomly click, pump the brakes, or lock up the brakes.

Trust MyAirbags for Fast, Effective Repairs

Our company offers an efficient alternative to costly part replacements at the local dealership. We offer ABS module repairs using upgraded parts to ensure a long-lasting fix for your issue. You will need to remove the ABS control module yourself (check our help center to learn more!), package the part in a secure package, and include the confirmation page and shipping details after you go through our checkout process. Once MyAirbags has received the part, we will repair and ship it back to you within 24 hours. Simple, effective, and affordable!

Common issues we can diagnose and fix include:

  • Sudden power loss for ABS module
  • Faulty wheel sensor codes
  • ABS pump running continuously
  • ABS relay code problems

Are you ready to repair your vehicle in time for winter? Browse our site to find the module reset and repair services you need, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to helping you and your vehicle!