Driving a Jaguar is always a great experience, but safety is always important. One of the safety features that is common in today’s Jaguar models is the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). The ABS system has a component called the ABS accumulator that is responsible for maintaining the brake pressure. It holds hydraulic pressure created by the ABS pump in the vehicle and releases it when required.

This stored pressure is used to quickly apply and release the brakes during an emergency to avoid locking the wheels and to maintain friction. It helps your ABS to be ready and capable of delivering when you need it the most. However, ABS accumulators can sometimes fail. Learning how an ABS accumulator operates, why it can fail, and how to solve this problem can help your Jaguar continue to perform as it should and maintain its safety.

Reasons for ABS Accumulator Failure

  • Wear and Tear: The internal components of the ABS accumulator, like any mechanical part, can deteriorate over time, affecting the functioning of the ABS system. This is even more so if the ABS system is often triggered. Regular usage diminishes the efficiency of seals, diaphragms as well as other internal components of the accumulator that are responsible for holding hydraulic pressure.
  • Hydraulic Fluid Leaks: Since the ABS system is hydraulic, the hydraulic fluid is used for the proper functioning of the system. Any loss of fluid can dampen the pressure that the accumulator is required to store in the system. It is possible to detect the leakage not only at the connections, hoses, or the accumulator but also at any other part of the hydraulic system.
  • Contamination: Dirt, debris, and other particles are known to have a detrimental effect on the internal components of the ABS accumulator. These foreign particles may get into the system through the corroded seals or when the system is being worked on. They can even block the passages or damage the fragile parts inside the accumulator and thus reduce its efficiency.

What to Do When Your ABS Accumulator Fails

  • Diagnose the Problem: One should constantly monitor and check for any signs of ABS light or any change in the hardness of the brake pedal. If for instance the ABS warning light comes on or if you find the brakes pulling to the side or not working properly, it should be taken to a professional mechanic. An expert mechanic will fix the problem of the ABS by using reliable diagnostic devices to identify the problem.
  • Replace the ABS Accumulator: If the mechanic has a chance to look at the accumulator of the ABS and can confirm that it is failing, then the accumulator will have to be replaced. It is very important to ensure that the accumulator is replaced in the right way, especially for the proper functioning of the ABS system. This will help to ensure that your Jaguar is secure and in a sound state for operation at all times.
  • Use Quality Parts: Ensure the replacement parts are quality ones, preferably, original Jaguar parts. High-quality parts mean that your ABS system will do a good job and last longer which eliminates frequent failures in the future.
  • Regular Maintenance: As always, after replacing the accumulator, regular maintenance must be continued. This involves checking the level of hydraulic fluid and whether there is any leakage of the same. Performing routine checkups can help avoid problems and also keep your ABS system in proper working condition.

Get Your Jaguar’s Safety Needs Met At Cerrone’s European

Car owners who drive popular European vehicles in Redwood City, CA, Jaguar ABS Accumulator Repair can trust Cerrone’s European to take care of their vehicles. Established in 1976, we have been providing services to drivers in the area and our services are getting better with time. If you wish to find out whether your Jaguar is capable of performing emergency braking or if you are in doubt that the ABS accumulator of your Jaguar is in its best condition, then you can consult our professional mechanics.

We will make sure that your Jaguar’s safety is top-notch so that you can depend on the ABS whenever the need arises. If you are looking for how to schedule your next Jaguar service appointment then you can contact us at (650) 365-4145.

* Black Jaguar F-Type Car image credit goes to: Sue Thatcher.