The vehicle can be fitted with an ABS braking system, which prevents the wheels from locking when braking, makes the most of road grip and gives the best control when emergency braking under difficult road conditions.
The driver can tell the ABS system has come into play because the brake pedal pulsates slightly and the system gets noisier.
This should not be interpreted as a fault in the brakes; on the contrary it is a sign that the ABS system is working:
it tells the driver that the vehicle is traveling at the limit of its road grip and that he should alter his speed to fit the type of road surface.
The ABS system is an addition to the basic braking system. If there is a malfunction, the system turns off automatically and only the ordinary brakes continue to work.
If a failure occurs, and consequently the anti-lock function is not effective, the braking system will continue to work as usual.
If you have never driven a vehicle with ABS before, you should practice using the system on slippery terrain, obviously with the necessary safety precautions and keeping to the Highway Code of the country you are in.
It is also a good idea to read the following information carefully.
The advantage in using the ABS system is that it continues to give you maximum maneuverability even when braking hard in conditions of poor grip by preventing the wheels locking.
You should, however, not expect the braking distance to always decrease:
for example surfaces with gravel or fresh snow on a slippery road will in fact increase the braking distance.
To exploit the ABS system to the full in the event of necessity, you should take heed of the following advice:
The ABS exploits the road hold available as much as possible but cannot increase it. You should always drive carefully on slippery surfaces and avoid any unnecessary risks.
If the ABS system cuts in it is a sign that the grip between the tyre and the road surface has reached the limit:
you must slow down to match the speed to the road grip available.
If there is a fault, the instrument panel warning light will come on. At this point, reduce speed and go to a Fiat Dealership to have your vehicle checked and put right immediately.
Braking while cornering always requires extreme care even when using ABS.
The most important advice to follow is this
When the ABS cuts in, and you feel the brake pedal pulsating, do not remove your foot, but keep it pressed. In doing so you will stop in the shortest amount of space possible under the current road conditions.
If you follow these tips you will be able to brake better in any situation.
Vehicles fitted with may only be fitted with wheel rims, tyres and brake pads of the make and model approved by the vehicle manufacturer.
The system is completed with an EBD electronic brake force distributor which increases the brake system performance and employs the ABS control unit and sensors.
The vehicle is fitted with an electronic braking device (EBD). The and warning light will come on at the same time when the engine is running to indicate that there is an EBD system failure. In this case violent braking may be accompanied by early rear wheel locking with the possibility of skidding. Drive the vehicle extremely carefully to the nearest Fiat Dealership to have the system checked.
Warning light alone, with the engine running, normally indicates a fault in the ABS system only. In this case, the braking system is still efficient, though without the ant locking device. Under these conditions, performance of the EBD system may be reduced. Also in this case, you are advised to go immediately to the nearest Fiat Dealership, driving in such a way to avoid sharp braking to have the system checked.
If the brake fluid low warning light comes on, stop the vehicle immediately and contact the nearest Fiat Dealership. Fluid leaks from the hydraulic system, in fact, can compromise brake system operation, both traditional systems and systems with ABS.
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