How to Detect a Faulty ABS Module in Your Audiby wp_germanmotorspb June 29, 2018
Most cars today are designed and engineered to be regulated and controlled by advanced technology. In today’s Audi models, they are largely designed with technological components, or modules, that help control the various systems of the car, including features like traction control, anti-locking brakes, with one overarching computer “brain” called the ECU, or electronic control unit.
The ABS module, or anti-locking brake system module, plays a critical component in your vehicle’s safety, but it’s also important for overall performance and functioning. In this article, we’ll talk more about what the ABS module is and does for your car, what to look out for when you suspect ABS module failure, and what you can do to prevent it.
Why the ABS Module is Important for Your Audi’s Performance
The anti-locking brake system (ABS) is standard in most vehicles engineered and on the market today. Originally, this system was meant to keep the car under control when the driver needed to apply the brakes quickly. Today, the system is responsible for relatively the same function in your Audi, with a few updates and important updated functions. The ABS system works in tandem with the traction control system (TCS), which together keep your car from hydroplaning all over the road when you have to stomp on the brakes under certain dangerous weather conditions. The ABS module utilizes sensors on every wheel to incorporate information into the module’s “thought process” on how to best adjust the system for optimal performance. In order to determine the cause of ABS module failure and fix the problem effectively, it is critical to enlist the help of an Audi automotive specialist.
Signs of ABS Module Failure
In order for your Audi specialist to accurately assess the issue, it’s important that you keep a mental record (or written record) of the symptoms your Audi exhibits. ABS failure is highly dangerous, and must be addressed immediately. These are some of the most common symptoms associated with module failure of the anti-lock braking system.
A Noticeable Difference in Brake Pedal “Texture”
Audi vehicles come standard with exceptional brakes; in fact, you might have noticed when you test-drove it that the brake pedal is highly responsive. Beneath your foot when you apply the brake, the brake pedal should give way slightly, but should require a little pressure. If you’ve noticed that your Audi’s brake pedal simply doesn’t feel like it used to, it might be worth it to look into the module functioning.
ABS Light is On
Your Audi is highly efficient in letting you know when it detects a problem in one or more area at a time. If your car determines that there is a performance issue with the ABS module, the ABS light may illuminate in your dashboard. The code emitted by your car’s ECU will help your Audi specialist determine where the problem originated and how to fix it.
Changes in Braking Effectiveness
The anti-lock brakes in your Audi should be highly efficient in terms of quick braking or braking under adverse weather conditions. If you begin to notice a change in your brakes’ effectiveness, the problem could be related to the ABS module. Since this is highly dangerous and concerning, it’s important to have the problem diagnosed and addressed with immediacy.
What You Can Do to Prevent ABS Module Failure
It is not uncommon for Audi cars to experience ABS module failure; therefore, the manufacturers and Audi automotive specialists alike have taken the proper steps to fix the problem. By staying on top of routine maintenance services like brake repair and replacements, you can have a better chance at detecting the likelihood for ABS module failure; however, as a design and engineering deficit, ABS module failure may be inevitable. The best way to avoid an issue with your anti-lock braking system is to follow through with routine inspections and address any problematic performance issues right away.
What We Can Do To Help
Specializing in German-engineered cars like Audi, the experts here at German Motors and Imports have serviced countless ABS modules over the years. Drivers in the areas of San Diego, La Jolla, Pacific Beach, and Clairemont, CA require a working, reliable vehicle in order to get from point A to point B on a daily basis; we make it our mission to provide that reliability and consistency through exceptional automotive care. If you’re experiencing concerning brake-related symptoms in your Audi, please do not hesitate to schedule an inspection with us. Your safety is most important to us.
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