What Does the ABS Light Mean?

Any dashboard warning light can cause the average driver to panic or stress. One light that is quite concerning is the ABS light, which is a symbol intended to warn you of one or more problems with your braking system or anti-lock braking system (ABS). Fortunately, you can count on the automotive experts at Kamphaus Auto Care for all your brake system needs. 


Every car on the road nowadays has a traction control system or ABS. It consists of a series of sensors that communicate with your vehicle’s computer. The sensors read your wheel’s speeds and send the speed and other information. When your vehicle is unstable in slippery conditions, like rain or snow, it will trigger the warning light to come on. Typically, the ABS signal is easiest to read and displays the letters ABS in some way.


While the above scenario is the most common, the ABS light can come on for other reasons.

  • Your ABS light may be an indication that your vehicle is low on brake fluid as well. If your brake fluid is leaking, please bring your car to the brake repair specialists at our shop ASAP. 
  • The ABS light can also illuminate when one or more of the sensors have gone bad. If you are not experiencing traction challenges, the sensor may need a replacement. Over time, the sensors can collect dirt and other contaminants that disrupt its signal.
  • Another instance where your ABS warning light could come on is if the system is turned off. While it is rare for someone to disengage the ABS, it is possible in some car models. If you accidentally switched it off, the light may come on as a courtesy to let you know.

Whatever the reason may be, it is important that you take all dashboard warning lights seriously, especially this one! One of the first things you should do is to restart your car to see if it turns off automatically. If not, the wisest thing to do is to bring your car to a professional mechanic. 


While most cars are still drivable with an illuminated ABS light, we don’t recommend driving in harsh conditions. Your vehicle may not prevent you from skidding, so it is important that you drive with extra precautions.


At Kamphaus Auto Care, we have all the right tools and parts to diagnose brake problems and more. Our shop swears to use the finest equipment to ensure accurate solutions. Your safety is our top priority. Let us address your braking problems by bringing your car, SUV, or truck to our auto repair shop today!

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