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Jamie Scott ASKED THE GUIDE

Seeing the light

I HAVE a 1985 380SEL Mercedes which has done 310,000km. Lately the ABS indicator light has come on. What do you think can be causing it, and is it a problem?

THE warning light is indicating there is a problem with the ABS. I would strongly recommend you have it checked by a Mercedes specialist. The brakes will still work, but you will not have the benefit of the ABS. To check the function of the ABS, apply the brakes hard to the point of lockup. If the brakes lock and the wheels skid, the ABS is not operating. If you can feel a pulsing through the pedal, the system is working. Either way, have the ABS checked.

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