Shopping for the Best ABS Ring
The anti-lock braking system is one of the best innovations in terms of automobile safety. It has many components that come together to get it working and the most commonly damaged is the ABS ring. The ring functions to provide the correct information to the vehicle's ECU. If signals get mixed, the ABS will activate at the wrong time. Getting the right ABS ring will save you time and it reduces the chance of having to replace the entire drive shaft.
Price and quality
Just like most car parts, you will find the ABS ring within a very wide price range. OEM rings made of the finest metal alloys are the best choice. These are also the most reliable purchases you can make because, being the guys who manufactured your car, they know their stuff. The truth is that most people are not willing to spend, when there are options that can help save a few bucks.
Replacement ABS rings are much more affordable than their OEM counterparts, and affordability does not mean a loss of quality. Be cautious if the price dips below $30. Otherwise, a replacement ring will work just as well as an OEM one. The manufacturing process may differ but the quality of an aftermarket part can still be at par with an OEM one.
Finding the right size
.Wheels, wheel wells, and their components have standard sizes across the whole range of automobiles, but there are some anti-brake systems that carry either a smaller-diameter or a larger-diameter ring. Always still check for compatibility issues specific to the year, make, and model of your ride to be sure.
Make sure to note whether you are shopping for a front or rear abs brake. It might seem a bit funny but people often don't stop to consider this. Because they differ in size as well, it's important to check it out. One of the most effective methods of precision matching is to find out the part number of the abs ring installed on your wheels-this makes it worlds easier to shop right.
Drive Shaft Basics: Replacing Worn-out ABS Rings
ABS rings or reluctor rings are attached to each wheel to measure its rotational speed. When a wheel starts to spin abnormally, the ABS ring will activate the vehicle's ABS, Trust and ESP if the brakes are applied. Since these rings wear over time, it's best to replace them to avoid accidents while driving.
Here is a list of tools, steps and tips to help you replace your vehicle's ABS rings.
Tools that You'll Need:
- Wire brush
- Wire wool
- Emery paper
- Rotary tool
- Hand-held blowtorch
- Flat-head screwdriver
- Brand new ABS rings
- High-temperature grease
Tips and Reminders:
- Make sure that your vehicle's emergency brake is engaged before working on this project.
- Be careful when handling a hand-held blowtorch. Make sure that there are no flammable materials present.
- Wear safety goggles, closed-toe shoes, gloves, and an industrial grade mask for safety purposes. Keep a first aid kit handy in case of emergencies.
- When using a hammer, be gentle and make sure to use the right amount of pressure when pounding on something.
Step 1:Place a flat-head screwdriver over the rusted out ABS ring. Use a hammer to gently tap on the screwdriver's handle. Be careful not to damage the drive shaft.
Step 2: Remove the old ring and use a wire brush to remove the loose rust from the area where the new ring will sit. Use a rotary hand tool to clean thoroughly clean the area of rust. Finish it off with a wire wool and emery paper.
Step 3: If you want to heat the new rings, wear a pair of safety gloves and hold the ring with a pair of heat-resistant pliers. Fire up your hand-held torch and heat the ring until it glows red. Carefully push the hot ABS ring into the shaft and into its correct position. Tap it with a small hammer if you need to align its position. Let the new ring cool before refitting the drive shaft back into the hub.
Step 4: You can also install the new ring without heating it by putting the new ring in position with the old ring. Make sure that the new ABS ring is on top of the old ring, and then tap the new ring all around until it sits into place.
Installing new ABS rings will take about 1 hour and 30 minutes for an expert DIYer and around 2 hours for a beginner. It's a challenging project but it's fun to do!