I have already sensed the lack of ABS today: While braking hard when
someone cut me off, the right wheel locked and the left wheel kept braking.
Bzzzzt, wrong answer. Have you never owned a car without ABS? If one wheel
locks substantially earlier than another, then something else is
wrong. Some things that might cause it:
*you’ve got one wheel on the shoulder so they have unequal traction
*pads are worn unevenly, a symptom of bigger problems by the way
*brake system has lots of crap in it, so pressure is not distributed
*caliper is jammed
*tire pressures aren’t even
I’m sure there’s more, but that’s what immediately comes to mind.
Look, I dunno how to make this clear enough, so I’ll try this. My 1970
Dodge Charger has manual brakes, front disc, rear drum, and it stops
straight every time. Every time! Every disc-brake equipped car I’ve owned
has always stopped straight, and when it didn’t, there invariably was a
problem to be fixed. [4-wheel drum brakes are another matter; get them wet
and things can get pretty exciting]
I’m in the same boat as you. I have a Bonneville with a bad PMV assembly
(the modulator) so the ABS doesn’t work on that car either – I considered
the $500 price on the Pontiac assembly prohibitively expensive, but now I
see that it is a relative bargain. Anyway my point is that I’ve been
driving it for 8 months with no ABS and have not had any trouble braking
in a straight line.
It is prohibitively expensive to do this ABS job.
So fix whatever else is wrong with your brakes, because something else
isn’t right, and drive without it.
It will take a little used to to learn to brake effectively without ABS.
Seems that I have to simulate the ABS pumping myself every time one, or
both wheels lock during braking.
If BOTH wheels lock during braking, then you’re just plain stopping too
hard! How many panic stops do you make in a day?! Sounds like this ABS
thing could be a good opportunity to re-evaluate your following distances.
I can’t say this enough: your brakes will work normally without ABS. The
only time ABS even affects your life when it’s working is during panic