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Old 07-18-2011, 11:16 AM   #1
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These foci have ABS right?

My wife was driving, going about 55mph, a light turned yellow and we had to stop suddenly, the road was SLIGHTLY wet, when she stopped, the car just locked up and skidded and we safely came to a stop to the right side turning lane.

I now dont feel safe driving on wet roads. I have NEVER slid like that before in this car.... Anybody else have the issue?


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I guess it was a dumb question. I finally found my answer, it comes standard on the 2010....
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When I bought my 2008 SES traction control and ABS were options that were additional to the price of the car. I paid for and got both options. I don't know if they came standard in your model, but I would assume since the SES Was the top priced model of the 08 series and I had to pay extra to get both Traction Control and ABS you also would have had to. I might add that both these systems in my 08 work flawlessly, and were worth the extra bucks I paid for them. (I know as I live in Wisconsin and have used my car in the heavy snow and ice we have here. I have NEVER had the wheels lock up under heavy breaking on ether.) And the traction control has done its job well and has kept me out of the ditches on turns!
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I have no abs or traction control lol
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Guy at ford said it comes standard on the 2010, I know I have TC, but when we skid so far, I was freaked out big time. Never had that happen before, and I have stopped suddenly before in the rain.

Just lucky there wasnt anybody in front of us, it would have been it for the focus.....
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If all 4 wheels lock, ABS might not be able to detect a skid.
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If all 4 wheels lock, ABS might not be able to detect a skid.
So its a sensor type? it has to sense the wheels are going to lock up? Im an idiot to the actual inner workings of TC and ABS
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How are you going sideways from stopping at a yellow light in the rain? Driving too fast?

I think the key here is to not need ABS in the first place...if you were going fast enough to require that much braking on a yellow light, you were clearly not going slow enough for the road conditions.
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So its a sensor type? it has to sense the wheels are going to lock up? Im an idiot to the actual inner workings of TC and ABS
Each of the 4 wheels have a sensor. This sensor uses a toothed wheel, called the reluctor wheel, as each tooth of the wheel passes the sensor, a small AC voltage is produced. The faster the car is driven the higher the voltage.

When ABS is working correctly, it is looking for differences between these 4 voltages. If all 4 readings are the same, there is no slip detected.

Now, there are more a few more pieces to the system, and software. Which should have detected the full lock. But, i don't know enough to provide a brief description. sorry
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How are you going sideways from stopping at a yellow light in the rain? Driving too fast?

I think the key here is to not need ABS in the first place...if you were going fast enough to require that much braking on a yellow light, you were clearly not going slow enough for the road conditions.
speed limit posted was 65, we were doing well below since it was a little damp....it was a sudden in the middle of nowhere light.. wife didnt see it until was closer to the light.

I didnt ask to get a damn lecture about driving the posted limit. It was barely even wet and have had worse stops on wet roads before.
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