The anti-lock braking system, popularly known as ABS system, is a safety system which prevents the wheels on the vehicle locking up in a sudden braking condition due to panic, or if you are driving on a slick and slippery surface. It is a safety anti-skid braking system used in cars, motorcycles, trucks, and buses. ABS operates by preventing the wheels from locking during braking, thereby maintaining tractive contact with the road surface.

Started as one of the safety advancement in the automotive world, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) has come a long way from being an option to a near necessity. The theory behind the ABS brake is simple. A skidding wheel has less traction than a nonskidding wheel. ABS brakes provide two ways of benefit, stopping is faster and you will be able to steer while stopping.

HOW ABS Brakes Works

There are four main components to an ABS system; the speed sensors, the pump, the valves and the controller. Sensors for sensing the speed are located in each wheel or in the differential, they provide information that the wheel is about to lock up. The valves are located in each line at the brakes and they pass thru, stop the release of brake fluid from the master cylinder to activate the ABS system. The controller is the computer in the car. It watches the speed sensors and the control valves.

When the driver applies the brake, wheel speed sensors determine if one or more wheels are trying to lock up during the braking. If a wheel tries to lock up, a series of hydraulic valves limit or reduce the braking on that wheel. This prevents skidding and allows the driver to maintain steering control. ABS allows the driver to brake and steer at the same time and increases vehicles safety. This is quite different from the traditional brake system. If you ever encounter any problem with brake you can get brake repair service in Auckland from Sterling Clutch and brake Auckland.

Benefits of Antilock Braking System

Anti-lock brakes come as standard fitment in the most modern vehicle- and this is not without reason. In general anti-lock brakes are very advantageous. They help the driver to have more stability on car thereby preventing out of control situations, particularly on the wet and slippery roads. The ABS systems in the car provide the following benefits.

  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS) provides a guarantee of stable braking on all road surfaces, especially on wet and slippery surfaces, hence avoids overturning of the vehicle.
  • ABS helps in reduction of wheels friction on the road, thus increasing the efficiency of tires up to 30%
  • ABS fitted vehicles can be stopped at a lesser distance than a non-ABS vehicle.
  • With ABS steering control is very effective, i.e., the vehicle can be steered smoothly when the brake is applied, thus the chance of an accident is minimized.
  • A driver without experience can drive ABS vehicle effectively, then an experienced driver on the non-ABS vehicle.
  • The value of ABS technology fitted vehicles for resale is more. Since the ABS is standard issue on today’s vehicle, in resale ABS vehicle fetch more value than non-ABS vehicles.
  • ABS fitted vehicles are less involved in the accident, so their insurance costs are reduced over the period.

The advantages of ABS are significant and outweigh any drawbacks. Certain problems like stop time consistency, problems in snow and gravel and replacement cost is much more than the ordinary brake system.  Whatever are the minor drawbacks ABS system is now a standard feature in all new vehicles and most drivers take it for granted?

If you are sure about your car ABS brake maintenance or regular brake maintenance of your vehicle come to Sterling Clutch and Brake Auckland and get brake replacement service in Hamilton or call @ 09 636 4919. You can also get brake pads replacement service in Hamilton. For any query, you can also contact us on

If you own a vehicle and you are looking to maintain your vehicle, the important thing you must take care is to identify the vehicle problems before they take a serious turn and impact you and your vehicle’s safety. The brakes are one of the most important systems of your car and it is very important for you to recognize and identify the potential brakes problems before they put your life and vehicle safety to danger. Since you are not an auto mechanic or a expert to recognize the problem of brakes it is important to see the auto mechanic as soon as you notice the following below mentioned symptoms of possible brake failure. Discovering the problem of brake early and getting the brakes inspected from expert avoids more costly repairs in the time to come in future. You can contact Brake repair service in Hamilton to receive proper brake repair services in Hamilton.

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Following are the symptoms of brake failure

  1. Noise: Any noise which is associated with brake systems is a bad thing. It is always better to get the brakes checked, if you hear any noise coming out from the brakes. Lot of things leads to brakes giving noise, including brake pads failure, any build-up of dust on brake pads, touching of wear indictor with the rotor. If you hear any noise from brakes it is necessary to schedule brake inspection immediately to avoid any mishap.
  2. Vibration in brake pedal: If you hear any vibration in brake pedal or any pulsation when the brake is applied, it gives indication that you may have warped brake rotor. Go for the brake inspection of the brakes without any hesitation.
  3. Soft brake pedal: If you feel that while applying brake the pedal is soft, this indicates that there is some air in the braking system, or indicate that the master brake cylinder is failing. Any symptom of softness in braking pedal should be attended swiftly and not to be ignored. Many times a thorough cleaning and adjustment of brake drum systems may restore the pedal feel to the normal condition.
  4. Un-necessary pulling: When you apply brake and there is un-necessary pulling of your vehicle to left or right, this indicates that there is something serious with braking system and it is better to get the vehicles barking system inspected. This may be the sign of a failing brake calliper, any element of air in the brake system and only the real cause can be judged only after the inspection of the brake system.
  5. Brake pedal getting hard and firm on pushing: Any sign of hard or firm brake pedal is indication of some type of problem in the braking system, likely with the brake master cylinder. The real cause can only be known when the system is thoroughly checked by the expert.

On noticing any of the above symptoms in Auckland NZ, it is better to get the brake system inspected and get brake repair service in Auckland from your trusted auto shop Sterling Clutch and brakes @ 09 636 4919.

Besides getting brake system checked you can also get check up of clutch system and get clutch repair service in Christchurch. If you want to get guidance of how to get your car in fine condition you can mail your query at