I had a late yellow that I decided I better stop for and it was tight. Stopped just like I expected. I had pretty good speed up before the decision too.
Statsdr is 100% correct, gets me out of trouble a lot in rainy and snow days.statsdr said:That's your ABS kicking in. It pulses because it is applies the breaks at very short and close intervals so as to keep from locking them up. This is actually much safer and you'll stop sooner with ABS than with locking them up (because you slide further when you lock them up). So if you don't have enough time to stop with the ABS, you are going to fast or you got screwed.
Interesting stuff in this thread. But I think ABS has gotten a lot better since the statistics were complied in the article that stoopy posted (thanks for the link)...I'll look for something new, but I agree with the general message that you have to learn new driving habits...pcfrisch said:Statsdr is 100% correct, gets me out of trouble a lot in rainy and snow days.
Statsdr, your not an ER doc are you?
Agreed! The take-away I got from that article (which I read only after yapping my mouth off) was that ABS technology not only has improved, but it's not accurate to make general statements about it at all since a Chevy ABS (f'rinstance) and Mercedes ABS (f'rinstance) system will have big differences in technology and performance to begin with. And all my opinions are based on harrowing experiences with the antiquated ABS system in my '95 Chevy pickup. I am POSITIVE that I can stop that pickup faster than the ABS can - not necessarily true of the 'Stang however.statsdr said:Interesting stuff in this thread. But I think ABS has gotten a lot better since the statistics were complied in the article that stoopy posted (thanks for the link)...I'll look for something new, but I agree with the general message that you have to learn new driving habits...
Nope, if you have to stop fast, you have to hit the brakes on an abs sytem cars all the way to the floor and keep it there. You cannot possibly pump the brakes faster than the abs system. :eyepoppinmudman88 said:I thought I remembered seeing or reading somewhere that the best way to make a fast stop like that with ABS is to pump the brake pedal a few times??? Try that out in a parking lot and see what happens.
EDIT: NVM just browsed thru that link above and it says not to pump them hehe.
Finally, someone who knows. What you felt is exactly what I felt. Normal stopping at stop lights and signs the brakes feel good even when I have to give them alittle extra pressure. But when I had to do an emergency, life or death stomp they just kind of gave up. In my honest opinion, the two situations I mentioned I think I should have been able to come to a complete stop at the speed and distance I was at.05SilverBullitt said:ckp73,
I too have had a similar experience one time. Had to move into a turn lane quickly and stop. The brakes almost felt like they quit working and I ended up on top of a small bush that left me with a couple of very small scars under the front fascia:anianger: . I have since tested my brakes in a parking lot and cannot duplicate the feeling I got that time. It was like they felt nice and firm, then all of a sudden they went to nothing. I have never had an ABS system feel like that. If it ever happens again i'm going straight to the service deptartment.