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Brakes Services in Stafford, VA 22554

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 #1288 in Stafford, VA. 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 #1288 in Stafford, VA 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 #1288 in Stafford, VA for repairs and maintenance.

How to Prevent ABS Failure

If your ABS fails, you can find yourself in a potentially very dangerous situation. Your anti lock system is what keeps your car from skidding or hydroplaning when you brake. For this reason, it is important to pay attention to signs that your brake system is impaired. One of the most common signs of an ABS problem is difficulty in applying the brake pedal, whether it offers more resistance or less than usual when you press it down. This type of problem is frequently related to brake fluid leakage or clogs and can arise whether you use silicone brake fluid or mineral brake fluid. If you notice a difference in brake pedal resistance, get your system checked at Meineke #1288 in Stafford, VA.

Time for New Brakes

The cost to repair or replace an anti-brake system, or ABS, can sometimes be concerning. The first thing to do is to bring your vehicle to the specialists at Meineke #1288 in Stafford, VA. You may only need new brake fluid or just a minor part. It might be that new brake pads are needed. Of course, there could be issues with other brake system components. Our professionals can resolve the problem and see that you’re back on the road safely with a solution that is as cost-effective as possible.

Cost-Effective Brake Service

Scheduling an inspection for your anti-lock brakes at regular intervals is the best way to keep repair costs from mounting. Remember that service may be as simple as adding brake fluid, a component that costs just a few dollars. Silicon brake fluid and mineral brake fluid are widely available, and they may be among the products used by Meineke #1288 in Stafford, VA, when you come in for ABS brake service. The specialists here can diagnose any brake problems you might be having and resolve the issues promptly in order to save you greater expense down the road.

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Meineke Stafford

#9 Dorothy Lane

Stafford, VA 22554

(540) 318-7842

Center Hours

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

Sat 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Sun Closed

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