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      How to deal with an extra sensitive ABS?

      Hi as we get used to a car we will get used to its braking distance and all.

      If am in bad roads, and i have to panic break have faced situations like, my car was moving beyond the point it was supposed to.

      All these instances i have noticed abs kicking in. The tyres will be on loose ground with potholes or gravel. In places where gravel or debris is there over tarmac i have faced surprises. Basically car glides more distance before coming to a halt.

      Once i nearly rear ended a biker guy who slowed down quickly as the truck infront slowed. I was slightly in a rush to reach destination and was around 50 kmph or so in a small bridge. There were potholes and gravel on the bridge road.

      On panic braking abs started continuously working and the car was gliding literally. May be the tyres were loosing traction due to gravel on the tarmac, car stopped just inches behind the biker guy. He didn't realise what happened and was looking around what exactly was the sound. He was talking in his phone also.

      I was like am gonna hit the bike and nothing more to do, i have kept the brake pedal depressed as tight as i can and the car was still moving towards the bike. It really surprised me that day as i have never faced such a situation.

      I am running on the company spec wheels with only a tyre brand upgrade to michellin xm2s. Will upsizing help to increase traction in bad roads?


      The braking performance is really good in clean tarmacs, like while am in the highways. The car has handled many dramatic panic braking situations sponsored by our national permit truck guys with ease.

      But when the road condition is bad with much gravel spread, or when potholes are plenty i have noticed an extra sensitive abs.

      Is there any driving or braking tip to overcome the abs sensitivity? What i think is in above conditions i faced, if ABS was not kicking in i would have got the car stopped much earlier.
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      That's normal. On bad surfaces, ABS does what it's mean to. Prevent your tyres from locking up, which in effect increases braking distances. But it should also allow you to swerve rather than having a dead steering if your wheels are locked.

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      Quote Originally Posted by mclaren1885 View Post
      That's normal. On bad surfaces, ABS does what it's mean to. Prevent your tyres from locking up, which in effect increases braking distances. But it should also allow you to swerve rather than having a dead steering if your wheels are locked.

      If there is debris on the road or gravel, always drive slow!
      Yes i can steer when abs is kiking in, that is not an issue.

      In my figo what i felt is ABS kiks in a little early than in skodas or swift as per my experience. These cars are having a bigger and better stock tyre specs.

      May be this is due to my figos smaller stock tyre size175 65 r14.

      Will an upgrade to 185 60 R14 help? Shouldnt it increase the contact area and thereby the traction on road?.

      I guess this ABS activates as soon as the sensor is identifying traction lose in any of the tyres. In my figo what am feeling is its happening very early!!

      Warranty for suspension is in effect till 40k kms only i think which is going to get over in my case, just a few kms more.

      If we are asking dealerships about upsizing tyres, the first thing they will say is it will void the suspension warranty. Is there any other related component(like tie rod) that will get warranty void if am upsizing tyres?

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      Quote Originally Posted by georjo View Post
      I guess this ABS activates as soon as the sensor is identifying traction lose in any of the tyres. In my figo what am feeling is its happening very early!!
      Fords do have their ABS kick-in quite early. It's the same thing I face in my Ecosport too. Other than changing driving style, I doubt there is anything much you can do. I am running on some really good wider tyres, still doesn't help on dusty roads. Wider, better tyres do help almost everywhere else, cornering, braking on good roads etc.

      Also, if you upsize wisely, there will be no warranty issues. All depends on how knowledgeable you are and can argue your point with the Service Manager. Or Ford if need be!

      Suspension and steering parts are also wear and tear parts! So not like they're covered under warranty unless you bust something very early during the purchase of the car.
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      "ABS Performance" is inversely proportion to "Grip of tires"

      Change the tires may be things gets improved.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Bonnet View Post
      "ABS Performance" is inversely proportion to "Grip of tires"
      True, but he is driving XM2.

      I drive old gen Figo (2010). I too experienced the ABS in action many times, though I can't say whether it is "extra sensitive" compared to the other cars. It is also possible that I might have unconsciously adapted to drive according to the road surface and figo's braking behaviour. So no issues.

      However, I must say, from my experience, that over inflating the tyres (proportional to the load in the car) adds to the situation.

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      Quote Originally Posted by georjo View Post
      If am in bad roads, and i have to panic break have faced situations like, my car was moving beyond the point it was supposed to.

      All these instances i have noticed abs kicking in. The tyres will be on loose ground with potholes or gravel. In places where gravel or debris is there over tarmac i have faced surprises. Basically car glides more distance before coming to a halt.
      Quite normal for a car which is equipped with ABS. On bad roads, car equipped with ABS will/might have longer stopping distance.

      Quote Originally Posted by georjo View Post
      Will upsizing help to increase traction in bad roads?
      It will help you out of most of the situations but may not be on bad roads.

      Quote Originally Posted by georjo View Post
      Is there any driving or braking tip to overcome the abs sensitivity?
      It might depend on how you press the Brake Pedal. But there are situations were you have to slam the brake pedal. In such cases, if you feel the car is not going to stop in safe distance, downshift; if you are not already doing it.

      Quote Originally Posted by georjo View Post
      May be this is due to my figos smaller stock tyre size175 65 r14.

      Will an upgrade to 185 60 R14 help?
      175/65 R14 is not sufficient for new gen Figo. My first gen Figo is running on 185/60 R14 since first tire change. Currently on 185/65 R14(4th set of tires). Here is a link to the set of tires I used.
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      Most of the fellow GH Figoians I know here in Bangalore have switched to 185/65 R14 tires of late.
      New gen Figo should have had 15" at least. sriharsha is running on bigger wheels/tires on his new gen Figo.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Evolution88 View Post
      Quite normal for a car which is equipped with ABS. On bad roads, car equipped with ABS will/might have longer stopping distance.



      It will help you out of most of the situations but may not be on bad roads.



      It might depend on how you press the Brake Pedal. But there are situations were you have to slam the brake pedal. In such cases, if you feel the car is not going to stop in safe distance, downshift; if you are not already doing it.



      175/65 R14 is not sufficient for new gen Figo. My first gen Figo is running on 185/60 R14 since first tire change. Currently on 185/65 R14(4th set of tires). Here is a link to the set of tires I used.
      The Right Decision - Buying 1.12 Lakh+ Kms of blissful ownership - Page 68

      Most of the fellow GH Figoians I know here in Bangalore have switched to 185/65 R14 tires of late.
      New gen Figo should have had 15" at least. sriharsha is running on bigger wheels/tires on his new gen Figo.
      Quite informative reply. thankyou Evolution88

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