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Where is the abs brake controller?

Where is the abs controller on a 2001 windstar?

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  • Arjun Komath May 11, 2010

    An anti-lock braking system, or ABS (from the German, Antiblockiersystem) is a safety system which prevents the wheels on a motor vehicle from locking while braking.

    A rotating road wheel allows the driver to maintain steering control under heavy braking by preventing a skid and allowing the wheel to continue interacting tractively
    with the road surface as directed by driver steering inputs. While ABS
    offers improved vehicle control in some circumstances, it can also
    present disadvantages including increased braking distance on slippery
    surfaces such as ice, packed snow, gravel, steel plates and bridges, or
    anything other than dry pavement. ABS has also been demonstrated to
    create a false sense of security in drivers, who may drive more
    aggressively as a result.[citation needed]

    Since initial widespread use in production cars, anti-lock braking
    systems have evolved considerably. Recent versions not only prevent
    wheel lock under braking, but also electronically control the
    front-to-rear brake bias. This function, depending on its specific
    capabilities and implementation, is known as electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), traction control system (TCS or ASR), emergency brake assist (BA, EBA or HBA), or electronic stability control (ESP, ESC or DSC).

    You can read the complete article athttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-lock_b...

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An anti-lock braking system, or ABS (from the German, Antiblockiersystem) is a safety system which prevents the wheels on a motor vehicle from locking while braking.
A rotating road wheel allows the driver to maintain steering control under heavy braking by preventing a skid and allowing the wheel to continue interacting tractively with the road surface as directed by driver steering inputs. While ABS offers improved vehicle control in some circumstances, it can also present disadvantages including increased braking distance on slippery surfaces such as ice, packed snow, gravel, steel plates and bridges, or anything other than dry pavement. ABS has also been demonstrated to create a false sense of security in drivers, who may drive more aggressively as a result.[citation needed]
Since initial widespread use in production cars, anti-lock braking systems have evolved considerably. Recent versions not only prevent wheel lock under braking, but also electronically control the front-to-rear brake bias. This function, depending on its specific capabilities and implementation, is known as electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), traction control system (TCS or ASR), emergency brake assist (BA, EBA or HBA), or electronic stability control (ESP, ESC or DSC).

You can read the complete article at : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-lock_braking_system

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