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.

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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 http://Sterlingbrake.co.nz.

A car which has a manual gear box will have a clutch. Being a part of car which is inconstant use when car is driven, it is very prone to wear and tear, especially if the clutch is not used properly. Since the cost of a new clutch with fittings costs around $ 200-$ 500 plus labour cost and GST, it makes sense that the how best clutch can be used so that it may not wear out prematurely. With better clutch engagements clutch lifespan can be prolonged. We at Sterling Clutch & brake in Auckland are happy to tell you about how you can prolong the life of clutch.  

 Here are few tips following which you might be able to enhance the lifespan of the car clutch. In turn you could minimise the intervals at which clutch replacement is needed and can save large amount of dollars over the lifetime of the car.

While Changing gear

To minimise the clutch wear we have to find which the biting point of the clutch is?  The main biting point of clutch is where the clutch plates meet and the point when the car begins to move and you slowly release clutch pedal after having depressed it. It is very necessary when the clutch has reached its biting point you release the clutch so that it is not inflected to unnecessary wear upon it through clutch slippage. Every car has different biting point and by driving the car for sometime the driver gets the fair idea of this point.

When you change gears, you depress the clutch rapidly, change the gear and slowly release the clutch again. At the point of changing gear you make it sure that your car is not too slow, causing the clutch slippage, or drive too fast causing unsmooth and clumsy gear change. With slight attention you can master the art of changing gears without inflicting any damage to the clutch plates and prolong the clutch life.

Clutch-engagement

Under Braking

It saves both fuel cost and extend the clutch lifespan if you make use of the engine braking when you lift off the accelerator and brake. The general accepted way to use your clutch under braking is not to use it at all to just before the point when engine starts to struggle and cut out. The general rule is to depress your clutch when the car speed is too low for the selected gear. Under heavy braking you depress the clutch as you depress brake. Make sure that your car engine does not cut out and on other that you retain better control over the car during braking, this result in less load shift and prolong the clutch life.

While ‘coasting’

With coasting the car speed can slowed down. With freewheeling car along the road the fuel is also saved. For coating you depress the clutch fully, to disconnect engine from the rest of the drive train. For short period you can do it by pressing engine, but for long drive change into neutral and keep the car roll the way and as soon car slows down again engage clutch and accelerate the speed as per the gear requirement.

Braking with Engine

It is just like “coasting” and used when you are going downhill. You can use engine braking to slow down the speed of car. Here the clutch is not touched at all and there is no connection between engine and gear box. But it is one disadvantage that to slow down you use brakes and brakes get heated soon and results in brake fade, meaning that car won’t stop actually at the place where you want to stop. Other disadvantage of this is that brake pad wears out much faster. To avoid unusual brake wear and tear you can to us for brake replacement service in Auckland Call @+64-096364919 .

What really matters is that engaging and disengaging of clutch should be done when it is truly necessary. When you do this then the life span of clutch necessarily increases and it also helps in fuel saving also. Thus you have to make a habit of driving car in such a way that use of clutch is made when it is really required and not press clutch pedal without any reason. More over you can choose the methods of driving the car as per the manufacturer recommendations and driving experts’ views and you will surely prolong the lifespan of the clutch. If you desire to get clutch replacement service in Hamilton you can contact Sterling clutch & Brake Hamilton.

For getting complete clutch check up and any other replacement of clutch parts you can contact your trusted auto shop Sterling Clutch and Brakes @ 09 636 4919 or in case you have any query regarding clutch or brakes regarding your vehicle you can contact us at http://Sterlingbrake.co.nz/