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2019 Honda CR-V Owner's Manual ➜ Brake System

uuBrakinguAnti-lock Brake System (ABS)  
Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)  
1Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)  
Helps to prevent the wheels from locking up, and helps you to retain steering  
control by pumping the brakes rapidly, much faster than you.  
The ABS may not function correctly if you use a tyre  
of the wrong size or type.  
The electronic brake distribution (EBD) system, which is part of the ABS, also  
balances the front-to-rear braking distribution according to vehicle loading.  
If the ABS indicator comes on while driving, there  
may be a problem with the system.  
While normal braking will not be affected, there is a  
possibility that the ABS will not be operating. Have  
your vehicle checked by a dealer immediately.  
You should never pump the brake pedal. Let the ABS work for you by always  
keeping firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal. This is sometimes referred to as  
“stomp and steer.”  
The ABS is not designed for the purpose of reducing  
the time or distance it takes for a vehicle to stop: It is  
designed to limit brake lockup which can lead to  
skidding and loss of steering control.  
ABS operation  
The brake pedal may pulsate slightly when the ABS is working. Keep holding the  
pedal firmly down. On dry pavement, you will need to press on the brake pedal very  
hard before the ABS activates. However, you may feel the ABS activate immediately  
if you are trying to stop on snow or ice.  
In the following cases, your vehicle may need more  
distance to stop than a vehicle without the ABS:  
You are driving on rough or uneven road surfaces,  
such as gravel or snow.  
ABS may activate when you depress the brake pedal when driving on:  
Wet or snow covered roads.  
Roads paved with stone.  
The tyres are equipped with tyre chains.  
The following may be observed with the ABS system:  
Motor sounds coming from the engine  
compartment when the brakes are applied, or  
when system checks are being performed after the  
engine has been started and while the vehicle  
Roads with uneven surfaces, such as potholes, cracks, manholes, etc.  
When the vehicle speed goes under 10 km/h (6 mph), the ABS stops.  
Brake pedal and/or the vehicle body vibration when  
ABS activates.  
These vibrations and sounds are normal to ABS  
systems and are no cause for concern.