EBD: Electronic brake force distribution system

EBD warning light
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EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) is a system that enables the distribution of braking force to the individual wheels of the car. This makes braking more efficient and shortens the braking distance of the car.

This technology automatically changes the braking force applied to individual wheels depending on the speed of the vehicle's load but also on the condition of the road.


EBD Function

The EBD system can increase and decrease the effect of the braking force applied to each wheel to maximize braking force and shorten the car's stopping distance as much as possible while keeping the wheel rolling and the vehicle in control.

Electronic brakeforce distribution system

During braking, the car's rear axle is overloaded, so there is a risk of locking the wheels. The electronic brake force distribution system prevents the wheels from locking by distributing the braking force between the front and rear axles according to the current weight distribution of the car.

Usually, EBD distributes less brake pressure to the rear brakes so they don't lock up and cause skidding. However, in some systems, EBD distributes more brake pressure to the rear brakes during initial brake application before the effects of weight transfer take effect.

Components of the EBD System

Key components of the EBD system include:

  1. Wheel speed sensors: These sensors detect the rotation speed of each wheel and send the data to the EBD control unit.

  2. Hydraulic control unit: This unit receives input from wheel speed sensors and modulates brake pressure according to the EBD algorithm.

  3. Electronic control unit (ECU): The electronic control unit (ECU) processes the data from the sensors and determines the optimal distribution of brake pressure for each wheel.

Advantages of the EBD System

EBD provides several benefits, making it an essential part of modern braking systems.

1. Higher braking performance

EBD ensures that each wheel receives the appropriate pressure for specific driving conditions by optimally distributing the braking force. Thanks to this, not only the overall braking performance is better, but also the stability of the vehicle.

2. Shorter braking distance

The EBD system maximizes braking efficiency, resulting in shorter stopping distances. This can be decisive in critical situations. EBD thus helps to prevent accidents or eliminate or reduce their severity.

3. Better vehicle stability

EBD helps maintain vehicle stability during braking by preventing wheel lock and minimizing changes in vehicle dynamics caused by braking. Thanks to this, the driver has better control over the vehicle and, at the same time, maneuverability in difficult situations.

4. Better distribution of brake wear

Disc brakes

EBD can also reduce uneven brake wear by optimizing the distribution of braking force. The result is a longer service life of brake components and reduced maintenance costs.

Does the EBD warning light signal a problem with the system?

EBD warning light

An illuminated EBD light while driving indicates a problem with the electronic brake force distribution system. During the engine start, this light and other car dashboard symbols will appear for a short time, but if the system is working properly, it will go out immediately after starting.

However, suppose the EBD warning light is constantly on even during normal driving. In that case, it is probably a problem with the electronic brake force distribution system, and taking the car to a service center is necessary.

EBD and ABS System

ABS warning light

The EBD system is always combined with the ABS system. During braking, the ABS control unit compares the rate of deceleration of the front and rear axle wheels. If it detects that the rear wheels are decelerating faster than the front wheels, it will reduce the braking force acting on these wheels before the ABS system starts working.

The role of the electronic brake force distribution system as a subsystem of ABS is to ensure and control the effective use of the car's wheel adhesion, thereby contributing to driving stability, shorter braking distances, and maximizing braking power.

Interesting facts about the EBD system

  1. EBD history: Electronic brake force distribution was introduced in the early 1990s. This technology has since become a standard feature in many modern vehicles.

  2. Integration with other systems: EBD works in conjunction with other vehicle safety systems, such as an anti-lock braking system (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC), to provide comprehensive access to the safety and control of the vehicle.

  3. Globally approved system: Many countries have adopted regulations that require EBD in new vehicles. This system, therefore, significantly impacts the vehicle's safety and helps reduce the number of accidents on the roads.

Frequently asked questions about the EBD system

Question: How does EBD differ from ABS?

Answer: EBD and ABS are designed to improve braking performance and safety, but their functions differ. ABS primarily prevents the wheels from locking during hard braking, allowing the driver to maintain control over the steering. EBD, on the other hand, optimizes the distribution of braking force between the individual wheels, increasing overall braking efficiency and vehicle stability.

Question: Does EBD work on all types of surfaces and under all conditions?

Answer: The EBD system is designed to work effectively on different surfaces and in a wide range of driving conditions. The system constantly adapts to changing conditions by analyzing data from wheel speed sensors and other inputs, ensuring the optimal distribution of braking force for a specific situation.

Question: How can I find out if my vehicle is equipped with the EBD system?

Answer: The easiest way to find out if your vehicle is equipped with EBD is to look at the owner's manual. Some models also have an EBD light on the dashboard, which illuminates when the system is actively adjusting brake force distribution.

Question: Does the EBD system need special maintenance?

Answer: EBD systems generally require little or no additional maintenance beyond standard brake system maintenance. Regular brake inspection and maintenance, including checking brake fluid levels and 'brake pad' wear, will help ensure your EBD system continues operating effectively. If there are any problems with the EBD system (for example, the EBD light is constantly on), taking the car to the service center and performing a car diagnosis is necessary.


Electronic brake force distribution is a key element of modern braking systems that provides better stability and safety. Thanks to the distribution of braking force, EBD ensures maximum braking efficiency in various driving conditions, helps the driver maintain control of the vehicle, and minimizes the braking distance.

A brief demonstration of how the EBD system works: