How to Decode Your Dashboard Warning Lights

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Whether you just started up your vehicle to head to the grocery store or you have been involved in a recent auto collision, your pesky dashboard warning lights are trying to tell you something.

Dashboard warning lights are one of the first signs of a problem with your car and should not be ignored. Knowing what these warning lights mean can help you avoid a breakdown and potentially prevent an even more costly repair down the road.

Here is a list of the most common dashboard warning signs. Be sure to check your owner’s manual for completed details regarding your particular make and model.

Check Engine Light

The check engine light is one of the most common warning lights people see in their cars, however you should not ignore this light. Your check engine light can be warning you about a huge number of problems, including:

  • O2 Sensor Needs Replacement
  • Spark Plug Wires Replacement
  • Mass Air Flow Sensor Malfunction
  • Catalytic Converter Replacement

Brake System Warning Light

This light indicates a problem with your brake system or a shortage of brake fluid. Your brakes are one of the most important safety features of your car. It is simple to check your brake fluid to see if it is low. See your owner’s manual for complete details.

Power Steering / EPAS Warning Light

Something may be haywire with your power steering system if the power steering light is staring you in the face. If you notice it require much more effort to turn the wheel and becomes nearly immoveable at lower speeds your power steering is in need of attention.

Airbag Warning Light

Your cars airbags are an important safety feature and could save your life if you were to get into an accident. If this warning light is illuminated on your dashboard it indicates that there is a malfunction with one or more of your airbags. It is important to address this warning light immediately.

Coolant Warning Light

Coolant is critical for keeping your car’s engine running smoothly without overheating. Metal pieces inside your engine would essentially weld themselves together without this miracle worker. If this light appears on your car’s dashboard it means your engine coolant levels are running low   and you may need to top it off. If you let your coolant levels get to low or run out entirely you risk your engine overheating and causing an even larger and more expensive problem.

Oil Warning Light

You will see an oil warning light if your car’s oil temperature gets too hot, the oil level is low, or the oil pressure is out of whack. Oil is what keeps your engine moving in a streamlined fashion. If your engine is not being properly lubricated it can result in expensive damage.

Battery Warning Light

You might notice this warning light for a few seconds each time you turn on your car, however, it should turn off after that. If the light stays on this means your car has a problem. It is likely within the electrical system and could indicate a problem with the battery, alternator, cables, or drive belt.

With a little maintenance and due diligence, you should be operating smoothly.

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