Is it Possible to Upgrade a Car’s Braking System into ABS?

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Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) is a very safe and effecting car braking system. When applying brakes in emergency, ABS gives the driver more directional stability and control on the steering. It also helps in reducing the stopping distance, particularly when the road is wet or slippery. ABS basically keep the brakes of a car from locking up. In cars without ABS, one needs to pump the brakes so that the wheels don’t lock up. For cars with ABS, the system automatically pumps the brakes to prevent locking. This breaking system is important, especially on the slippery or wet roads, because it increases steering control, giving you the ability to maneuver the steering away from obstacles.

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To be able to fit ABS into a car, you would need to spend a lot of money and this would require a lot of time. It will be quite a challenge to get it fitted into a car. First of all, you will need to search for a good Anti-lock Braking System, preferably get an ABS from a car that is of the same make and model as your car. You will then need to find an expert mechanic who will fit it properly too. For cars that never came with ABS, just like majority of the Pakistani cars, it is recommended not to get ABS fitted in them. This is because you would spend a lot of money on this and it probably won’t be efficient.

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There are many things you will have to do and purchase in order to fit a working ABS into your car. You will need things like pressure regulators, which distribute the brake fluid between all wheels. You will also need the sensors and triggers for the wheel, and probably the new rotors. These are just a few things you will need to purchase, which cost a lot of money.

The answer to the question is, yes it is possible to get ABS fitted into a car, but you cannot get ABS fitted into a car if it was never offered with ABS (like most locally manufactured cars). According to forums online, fitting ABS into your car is not recommended as it is too expensive and there might not be any guarantee of its success. It is probably better to go for ceramic brakes instead or buy a car with factory fitted ABS. Do let us know of your opinion by commenting below.

Samiullah Sharief

Samiullah Sharief is a car enthusiat. He is passionate about writing blogs and reviews about cars. His hobbies are driving,watching TV Shows like Top Gear, Mega Factories and he follows Popular car magazines. You can reach out to him by tweeting @sami649

  • Mahroze Dogar

    True that .Gov should like make ABS compulsory in every car . Good ppl at Pakwheel do a blog about improving your braking system like changing the rooters break lines and stuff 🙂 Thankyou

  • Samiullah Sharief

    Sure thing! Thank you for your feedback 🙂

  • Ammar

    Thank you for this extremely valuable piece of information. I thought ABS systems were free and I could ask my cook to install it.

  • Zulfiqar Ali Soomro

    Possibly ecu bhi change karna parega

  • Guest

    Alteration in brakes is never recommended. Even professional tuners go for only slight upgrades, never for alteration.
    PW management should see what kind of crap is being published these days.

    The article fails to answer the question written in the title. It only discusses “may have to do this, may have to do that”.

    Writer has no idea what he is talking about. Cars with ABS come with hubs that can accommodate ABS-related paraphernalia. Technically there may be no need to change the rotors.

    The article fails to mention the ABS module, which is the most important part (the “brain”) of the ABS system, and the sungly most expensive component.

    ABS has lots of wiring too, the smallest part is that you need a dedicated fuse in the fuse box, the largest part is to run the wiring to each sensor and each valve. You also need to have that ABS light on the dashboard, how would you cater for it?

    There is an image showing drilled rotors and slotted rotors. How is that image even relevant?

  • Aqeel Zia Nayyer

    not a good write up mate.

  • Usman Haider Sheikh

    ceramic brakes?? is he insane to present ceramic brakes as an option for daily driven cars? He could have referred to article which talks about braking skills to let people know how threshold braking and pumping & steering method works. But Ceramic Brakes as daily drivers that don’t get to appropriate “grab” temperature on our usual 5-10 km drives and useful only for track / high performance purposes where ordinary brakes heat up. There are certain upgrades for non abs cars that are wider tyres, bigger disks if possible, better brake-pads, bigger master cylinder though Toyota’s (XLi) non-ABS problems are due to over-reactive master cylinder with powerful brakes.

  • Sultan Kiani

    Lolz

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