"Is Your ABS Light On? Here's What to Check"
Few things can raise your pulse like a warning light on your dashboard. Among these, the ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) light is particularly concerning given the crucial role this system plays in your safety. So, what does it mean when this light comes on, and how can you fix it?
When you start your bike, it's normal for the ABS light to flash briefly as the system performs a self-check. Once you start moving, it should turn off. If it stays on, there's likely an issue you need to address.
Let's look at some common problems:
Hardware Problems: Always start by checking the simple things. The ABS system uses sensors on the caliper brackets and tone rings on the wheels to compare wheel speeds. If there's a problem with these parts, the ABS light will light up. Check the sensors for loose bolts or signs of damage, like cracks or tears, from impact or debris. The sensor might also be blocked by stuck-on dirt or metal shavings, so look out for that. Even wrongly installed front wheels can cause the light to come on. So, if the problem started after removing the front wheel, check its orientation. If the hardware seems fine, check the fuse box next.
Fuse Issues: Fuses are crucial to your bike's electrical systems, including the ABS. The ABS has several fuses for its motor, solenoids, and other circuits, so check your manual to locate them. While you can visually inspect the fuses, using a multimeter for a continuity test is more reliable. If a fuse blows out shortly after you replace it, there might be a larger electrical issue at hand.
Other Potential Causes: Unusual tire size changes or extremely deflated
In any event, if that warning light is on, you shouldn't disregard it. While your brakes will continue to work, the anti-lock feature may not. The silver lining is, you now know what to inspect