Could Sensors Be Causing Your Vehicle's Braking Problem?

Posted on: 24 April 2018


If you own a car that was designed and built in the last five years or so, chances are it is equipped with a very sophisticated array of electronic sensors and controls, designed to help you maintain control of the vehicle. In fact, some would argue, the computer is more in control of your car than you are in certain circumstances. Perhaps you may feel that something is amiss with your vehicle's braking system and are not sure what may be going on. Could it be an electronic problem?

The automobile industry has come up with several different acronyms that help to describe systems designed to keep the vehicle safe under braking conditions. They combine ABS with EBD, which both help to maintain the ESC. Essentially, your anti-lock braking system (ABS) is there to ensure that you don't lose control by 'panic braking' in a dangerous situation. Electronic brake distribution (EBD) then helps to optimise the distribution of force to each individual wheel, as a backup to the ABS. Together, these systems communicate with electronic stability control (ESC) sensors that can even tell if the vehicle is about to lose control based on how its overall mass rotates around a given centre of gravity.

The Brakes Are Still Reliant on Mechanics

All of this may sound very technical, as the average vehicle's braking system is now very advanced compared to their predecessors. Yet, even though these electronic systems (linked to the car's central computer) are so sophisticated, the driver will still rely on a mechanical process in order to bring the car to a halt. Each wheel will still be fitted with brake discs and pads made of friction material, which will wear out over time. The entire system is also reliant on hydraulic pressure and special fluid that will also, over time, lose its efficiency.

The Brakes May Experience Mechanical Issues

In the overall scheme of things, it's statistically unlikely that an electronic sensor will fail, and if you are experiencing issues with your vehicle's braking system, it's more likely that the fluid, the pads or both need attention.

Have a word with your local mechanic and explain the symptoms. They will likely recommend that you bring the car in for a full braking service; don't worry, they will undoubtedly have a quick look at all those sensors at the same time. For more information about brake repairs, contact an auto service provider near you.