Re: ABS and a car wash
"Michael" <email@example.com> wrote:
>So those sensors aren't "sealed"?....the washing could have possibly cleaned
The sensor is a magnetic/electromagnetic device. It has a magnetic end
that "senses" the passing of many hunbreds of what look like gear
teeth that are part of the rotor/hub. The magnetic pulses are received
and sent to the computer which combines various signals to decide if a
wheel is about to lock up and the computer modulates the poressure of
the brake system to that one wheel to keep it from locking up.
The sensor's wiring is sealed. What happens is that the particles of
the disc and brake pads as they wear can get stuck to the magnet end
of the sensor. The magnetic field is quite strong there. If these
build up to much they affect the sensors ability to "see" the teeth
going by. The cure is simple- carefully remove each sensor and wipe
the particles off the end, althe time being careful not to stress the
wire connected to the sensor any more than necessary. Remvoeing them
once in a while is good becasue you can smear a little brake silicone
or anti-seize to the sensor to keep it from corroding into place.
Jacking up one wheel at a time and using the tool kit in the car I
believe that you should be able to remove the sensors yourself.
>So far, so good....not a single ABS warning light.
Same with my wife's 960. Threw the light a few times and I knew it was
time to clean the sensors.
>I guess I should do some hard stop and go just to see.
If nothing else, it is a really good idea to experience what the car
can (and can't) do in an emergency and to feel what the ABS system
feels like. Get it up to about 40-45 and hit the brakes- don't slam
the pedal, but smoothly and rapidly press it as far as it will go
until you stop. It might take two or three times to get the feel of
it, but your car (most cars, actually) can stop a lot faster than you
think! Let the brakes cool for a couple of minutes between tests so as
not to overheat and warp the rotors.
If the car seems to "hop" on the front end or chatter excessively it
could be a sign that the front struts need replacing. I noticed a
dramatic improvement in ABS performance after I had replaced the 960's
Randy & \ \/ /alerie's
'90 245 Estate - '93 965 Estate
"Shelby" & "Kate"