The purpose of the anti-lock braking system (ABS) is to allow efficient braking without wheel locking - thereby allowing the driver to retain steering control of the vehicle whilst braking.
Under normal braking conditions, (where sufficient road surface friction exists to reliably bring the vehicle to a halt without the wheels locking), ABS will not be activated. However, should the braking force exceed the available adhesion between the tires and the road surface, then ABS will automatically come into operation. This will be recognisable by a rapid pulsation felt through the brake pedal.
In an on-road emergency situation full braking effort should always be applied even when the road surface is slippery. The anti-lock braking system constantly monitors the speed of each wheel and varies braking pressure to each, according to the amount of traction available, thereby ensuring that the wheels do not lock.
DO NOT pump the brake pedal at any time; this will interrupt operation of the system and may increase braking distance.
The anti-lock braking system incorporates a monitoring system, which checks that all the electrical components are in working order, as soon as the starter switch is turned on and also continuously during your journey.
The warning light on the instrument panel is an important part of this system. The light should illuminate for approximately 3 seconds when the starter switch is turned to position ‘II’ and then extinguish.
If the light illuminates while driving, or remains illuminated for more than 3 seconds after the starter switch is turned on, a fault has been detected by the self monitoring system and full ABS control may not be available - consult your retailer at the earliest opportunity.
The normal braking system remains fully operational and is not affected by partial or full loss of the ABS. However, braking distances may increase.
DO NOT place non-approved floor mats or any other obstruction under the brake pedal. This restricts pedal travel and therefore impairs braking efficiency.