Quick question, when you were experiencing the control issues with your ABS, did your light ever come on during this?
ABS has been awful since we've had the vehicle. Fluid is fine and to the best of my knowledge sensors are fine. I like the ABS in wet/dry conditions but absolutely not on snow, ice, gravel or mud.Ok. I was just curious if maybe your problems stemmed from low brake fluid or a bad sensor. I've never tried it before, but I haven't ever driven a car where the ABS increased my braking distance. I've slid on ice before and ABS doesn't help in this condition (nor does anything else lol) but I don't feel like it's a good idea to disable it all together. Idk, maybe it's just me...
Since you pulled the 40a fuse and have driven for a month how would you rate the braking ability of your Rav4 now? Is the light still on on the dash? Have you noticed any other issues?Today was the first snowfall of 2012 where I live. The roads were icy and compact snow and generally awful conditions. Once again the ABS on my 2003 Rav4 was DECREASING my stopping time especially downhill and I feel no control of the vehicle.
When I got home I pulled the 40a fuse under the hood. Went out and tested it and what a difference. I can actually stop when I want to even on hills.
I don't mind the abs in rain and wet weather but in snowy conditions and gravel forest roads it really is ineffective.
Braking ability is good. I've never had a problem with rav braking except when ABS is involved. The light stays on as long as the fuse is pulled and goes off after it's back in. There are no other issues caused by pulling the fuse as far as I can tell.Since you pulled the 40a fuse and have driven for a month how would you rate the braking ability of your Rav4 now? Is the light still on on the dash? Have you noticed any other issues?
As I stated - my car's ABS works very good on ice and snow. But it is a 2011 vehicle and I believe the technology has improved. I did ask my wife how she reacts to slippery conditions with the Rav4 and she says she pumps the brakes. :shrug:This is not a Rav4 problem but a technical limitation of all ABS. On very slick surfaces ABS is not as effective as threshold braking.
I completely hear what your saying. However, I've had my vehicle now for 10 years and my ABS absolutely sucks when there is ice, snow, mud etc and always has. MY rav4 stops much easier and safer without it. I have done hours of experimenting with and without on hills, in parking lots with different braking styles and always come to the conclusion the ABS in MY rav4 renders it dangerous.I don’t know whether you know this, but ABS is not supposed to improve / reduce your stopping distance.
When your wheels lock up, the car skids, then you lose the ability to stop and to steer.
It is supposed to allow you to continue to steer under hard braking. It is an electronic implementation of Cadence Braking.
ABS prevents the wheels locking up – when the rotation stops, the brake is released – wheel starts rotating again, the brake is applied. This cycle continues as long as the brake is applied – this is what causes the drumming sound and feeling in the brake pedal.
Because of what ABS does, it will worsen / increase your stopping distance.
If you want to make a stop in the shortest possible distance, then you need to use Threshold braking this is perfectly possible in a car equipped with ABS.
Because of this, the last thing you should do in icy conditions, when you need to make an emergency stop, is stomp on the brakes as hard as you can and hope for the best.
By all means, stomp on the brakes as hard as you can, but then you need to steer around the obstacle.
You want to disable the ABS? Really bad idea.