A woman sits and ponders about an illuminated ABS light.

What does the ABS light mean, and why is it activated in my Toyota?

Toyota ABS Light Meaning and Corresponding Issues

Warning lights can be a fairly unsettling business. It’s often hard to know whether they symbolize a minor issue or point to a major problem with your ride. Often, the same light can annoyingly mean both. It doesn’t help that they’re typically cryptic symbols that seemingly would require the Rosetta Stone to decode.

If you’ve been driving along in your Toyota and noticed the ABS light on your dashboard illuminate, you’re probable wondering: what does the ABS light mean, and should I be worried?

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What is the Toyota ABS light?

According to Toyota, the ABS warning light indicates a malfunction in ABS, or the Brake Assist System.

Possible Reasons for Toyota ABS Illumination

Why is my ABS light indicating whenever I’m braking, even if its just a casual smooth brake?

If the ABS light activates when you’re casually braking on a dry, smooth surface, that indicates there’s an issue with the sensor being over-sensitive. To get it fixed, bring it in to a service center.

Why is my ABS light on constantly?

If you’re ABS light is staying on continuously, make sure that you didn’t forget to release your emergency brake. The ABS light also serves as a reminder if you leave the e-brake activated. If you release the e-brake and the ABS light stays on, however, there’s another issue at play.

Other possibilities are that the emergency brake pedal isn’t properly adjusted.

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More Serious Problems Indicated by the Toyota ABS Light

Why does my ABS light come on whenever I apply the brakes?

If the ABS light is activating any time you apply the brakes, try adding brake fluid. If that doesn’t fix it, you likely have a leak. A leak is pretty serious, so you should take it into a service center as soon as possible, avoiding driving until you do so.

Why are my ABS warning light and brake warning light on at the same time?

If both your ABS warning light and your brake warning light are activated simultaneously, there’s a serious problem with your vehicle. Do not drive, as your brakes are probably not functioning. Get it fixed at a service center as soon as possible.

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