Carter Volkswagen ABS Light Service: Seattle Auto Care Information
The anti-lock brakes (ABS) on your car serve an important purpose during a panic stop. When you press hard on the brake, the system can detect if one of your wheels has locked up, and can pulse the brake on that individual wheel to alleviate the skid. If the ABS light is on in your dashboard, there's a problem with this crucial system on your car.
If the brakes clamp down too hard when braking, your wheels run the risk of stopping altogether, even though your car still has forward momentum. In the days before anti-lock brakes, this would cause the car to slide uncontrollably, and could create a dangerous situation! The ABS system in modern cars rapidly releases and re-engages the brakes on the skidding wheels -- allowing the wheels to rotate while still slowing the car down as quickly and safely as possible.
Why Is the ABS Light On in my Car?
Most likely, your ABS system became damaged by road debris damaging a wheel speed sensor. Individual speed sensors at each wheel send information back to the ABS module. If the module detects that one of the wheels has stopped rotating, despite the car still moving forward, the system will engage. These small sensors can become damaged, but they're fast and easy to replace for our trained VW technicians.
When Does My ABS System Need Service?
Since the ABS system only kicks in during an emergency stop, you probably won't notice on your own if it stops working. You probably won't even use it during an average day. That's where the ABS light comes in -- when it's illuminated, you know your ABS system needs a fix. The car is still safe to drive, but be aware that the ABS system may not engage when you slam on the brakes. Take extra care when stopping and visit us soon for a long-lasting repair.
How to Schedule a Service Visit at Carter Volkswagen:
Setting an appointment for your car to get the maintenance or repairs it needs is easy at Carter VW! Just use our online scheduling form. You can select an available time slot that works for your schedule. Or, just give our service department a call at the number on the bottom of this page. You'll be able to speak to one of our friendly, knowledgeable service advisors about your questions or concerns.
Discover the Carter Advantage at the Carter VW Service Department
It's sophisticated German engineering that sets a Volkswagen apart from lesser cars on the road, and it's our expert technicians at the Carter VW service department that know German engineering best in the Seattle area. When you're looking for the best customer service with clean and comfortable facilities while your vehicles gets the highest quality service, turn to Carter Volkswagen. Our team uses only factory-approved parts designed with your car in mind. The mechanics at your neighborhood garage or the local quick-lube chain can't say that; only the factory-trained experts in our VW-authorized service center. If we didn't answer all your questions on this page, give us a call! We'd be glad to help.