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What Is ABS and How Do I Take Care of It?

What Is ABS and How Do I Take Care of It?

At Super Service of Aliso Viejo, located in the heart of Aliso Viejo, CA, we pride ourselves on keeping the vehicles of South Orange County safe and reliable. One of modern vehicles' most critical safety features is the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). 


This essential system is not just for emergency stops, but also for maintaining control in various driving conditions. For instance, if you're driving on a wet road and need to make a sudden turn, the ABS prevents your wheels from locking up, allowing you to maintain control and potentially avoid accidents. By allowing you to maintain control even during hard braking, the ABS significantly enhances your driving safety.

How ABS Works

ABS is an advanced system that uses sensors to monitor wheel speed. When it detects that a wheel is about to lock up, it rapidly modulates brake pressure to prevent it. This process occurs several times per second, ensuring your vehicle maintains traction and control even during hard braking.

Key Components of ABS

Understanding the critical components of ABS can help you appreciate how this system works to keep you safe on the road:

  • Speed Sensors: These sensors monitor the speed of each wheel, providing crucial data to the ABS controller.
  • Hydraulic Valves: These valves control the brake pressure applied to each wheel, preventing lock-up.
  • ABS Pump: This component restores brake pressure after the hydraulic valves have released it.
  • Controller: This computer processes sensor information and controls the hydraulic valves accordingly.

Maintaining Your ABS

Proper maintenance of your ABS is vital to ensure it functions correctly when you need it most. For instance, imagine you're driving on a rainy day and suddenly need to make an emergency stop. If your ABS is not well-maintained, it might not function as expected, leading to a potential accident. Super Service of Aliso Viejo offers comprehensive maintenance services to keep your ABS in top condition, ensuring your safety on the road.

  • Regular Check-ups: Ensuring your ABS is included in your routine vehicle maintenance is not just a task, it's a responsibility. Our expert technicians will inspect the system to detect and address potential issues early, ensuring your vehicle's safety.
  • Brake Fluid: Keeping your brake fluid at the proper level and changing it as your vehicle manufacturer recommends is crucial. Low or contaminated brake fluid can affect the performance of your ABS.
  • Sensors and Wiring: Regularly inspect the ABS sensors and wiring for damage or wear. Faulty sensors can prevent the system from working correctly, compromising your safety.

Why Choose Super Service of Aliso Viejo?

When it comes to your vehicle's safety systems, you want to trust the experts. At Super Service of Aliso Viejo, we boast a team of highly trained technicians who specialize in maintaining and repairing ABS systems. Our commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction sets us apart. Here are some reasons to choose us:

  • 3 Year/36K Mile Nationwide Warranty: We stand by our work and offer a warranty that ensures peace of mind.
  • Local Shuttle Service: We provide convenient shuttle services to get you where you need to go while your car is in our care.
  • Loaner Cars: If your vehicle requires extensive repairs, we offer loaner cars to keep you on the move.
  • Free Wi-Fi, Coffee Bar, and Water: Enjoy complimentary amenities while you wait in our comfortable lounge.

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Comprehensive Services for All Your Vehicle Needs

At Super Service of Aliso Viejo, we don't just stop at ABS maintenance. We provide a wide range of services to keep your vehicle running smoothly:

  • Oil Changes: Regular oil changes are crucial for engine health.
  • Suspension: Ensure a smooth and safe ride with our suspension services.
  • Brakes: From ABS to standard brakes, we've got you covered.
  • Air Conditioning: Stay cool and comfortable with our AC services.
  • Diagnostics: Accurate diagnostics to identify and fix issues promptly.
  • Scheduled Maintenance Intervals: Keep your vehicle in top shape with our scheduled maintenance services.

Explore all the vehicles we service by visiting ourVehicles Page. To book an appointment for your next service, visit ourAppointments Page.

Trust the Experts at Super Service of Aliso Viejo

Proper care of your ABS can prevent accidents and save lives. At Super Service of Aliso Viejo, we ensure your vehicle is safe and reliable. Our expert technicians are trained to maintain and repair ABS systems, providing you with the peace of mind you deserve on the road. Visit us in Aliso Viejo, CA, and experience the difference of professional, personalized service.


Stay safe and drive confidently, knowing that Super Service of Aliso Viejo has your back. For all your automotive needs, we're here to help.