Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Tire size will NOT affect ABS - unless you've got a mix of sizes on the vehicle. Domestic cars have much lower quality ABS when compared to Volvo, BMW etc.. It's like comparing a 386 computer to a dual core 2G, processing speed. My Jeep's ABS is hopeless when compared to the BMW325IS the it replaced. My old 745T was also great and confidence inspiring.
Yes, a car can stall when driving at speed. I learned how to deal with this as a kid with crap cars. Most cars still use hydraulic pressure, provided by the motor, to run the power steering (some Hondas have electric power steering). The power assist for the brakes comes from vacuum supplied by the engine too. If the motor dies, you immediately have no power assist to the steering (you'll need powerful arms to turn the wheel now) and you ususally have enough vacuum reserve for two assisted pushes on the brake pedal (after that you'll need ALL your leg muscle strength) so you should still be able to pull off the road and stop.
64 Saab 96 Monte Carlo 850 clone, 73 1800ES, 74 Land Rover Series III, 80 Mini 1380, 04 Jeep GC Overland & 2010 Nitro