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Brakes Services in Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Brakes

Understanding Your Anti-Lock Brakes

Your anti-lock brake system, or ABS, consists of a hydraulic control unit (HCU), an anti-lock brake control module and both front and rear anti-lock brake sensors. When you apply the brakes, you essentially force brake fluid from master cylinder outlet ports to HCU inlet ports. From the HCU, pressure is transmitted through four solenoid valves to each wheel and your vehicle comes to a stop. During an emergency stop, the ABS modulates brake pressure in order to prevent wheel lock-up. If you would like to learn more about ABS, we invite you to drop by Meineke #4118 in Santa Barbara, CA. Our friendly specialists know all about anti-lock brakes and how to care for them.

Benefits of ABS Brakes

Anti-lock brakes offer many benefits to drivers. The key advantage is that ABS brakes allow you to more safely stop in slippery conditions. Some drivers rely on their ABS brakes to help them stop within a shorter distance as well. Although an ABS system cost does add to the price of repairs, the technology is standard on most vehicles now. Without this system, you may lose money during the resale of your vehicle. The professional technicians at Meineke #4118 in Santa Barbara, CA repair and install ABS brakes and we offer silicone brake fluid and mineral brake fluid to maintain your system. Drive safely on icy, snowy, and wet roads any time of year.

Signs Your ABS System Needs Service

Vehicles equipped with an ABS brake system generally have a dashboard light associated with the system. Some older vehicles may use the check engine light. However, your car will start to show physical signs during ABS brake failure. It may require more effort to press down on the brake pedal or the pedal may actually be unresponsive. If your ABS brakes need service, you will still have control and use of your regular braking system. This is not a reason to ignore ABS brake service. Bring your vehicle to the trusted technicians at Meineke #4118 in Santa Barbara, CA for repairs and maintenance.

Should You Ignore Your Anti-Lock Service Light?

It might seem strange that your regular brakes work properly even though the ABS brake light is on. This is no reason to ignore the light, because the anti-lock brakes prevent hydroplaning or skidding in adverse weather conditions. The ABS brakes give you more traction when you’re on a slick surface. The new technology of braking gives you even more control over your car, even if you start to slide. Bring your vehicle to Meineke #4118 in Santa Barbara, CA for ABS brake service to keep you and your passengers safe under any type of driving conditions.

Brake Repair vs. Brake Pad Replacement

If you are accustomed to bringing your vehicle in to Meineke #4118 in Santa Barbara, CA, for routine inspection of your anti-lock brakes, you already know that this represents big cost savings. You might need a minor part or some brake fluid added to the system, and this kind of service can be done quickly and inexpensively. If, however, you have worn brake pads, replacement will be required and you should have that done as soon as possible. Brakes of any kind are designed to wear out, and brake pads are only one component that might need replacing. We will assess any brake problems you’re having and recommend the most appropriate solution.

Professional Repairs Needed for ABS Brakes

Anti-lock brakes need professional service and repairs to maintain the components that must work together efficiently. We have mineral brake fluid and silicone brake fluid to keep your system operating in peak condition. Before you come down to Meineke #4118 at Santa Barbara, CA, stop by the coupon section of our website for great deals designed to help you save money on car repairs. We can also install new anti-lock brakes on older cars to keep you safe under any type of driving conditions. ABS technology is a great addition to any vehicle because it is proven to be effective in reducing accidents on the road.

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Meineke Santa Barbara

3956 State Street

Santa Barbara, CA 93105

(805) 259-3587

Center Hours

M-F 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Sat 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Sun Closed

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