Dashboard Warning Lights and Understanding their Meanings

Dashboard Warning Lights

What do these warning lights mean? Read on to find out!

Understanding dashboard warning lights can help you better understand what might be wrong with your car, as well as keep you safer in an emergency.

According to Repair Pal, the color of lights may indicate their significance, though this varies from brand to brand. Red lights often mean there is an emergency, and you should seek a professional immediately. Yellow/orange means there is an imminent problem, but your car is probably still drivable, though you should seek repairs as soon as you can. Finally, green/blue lights simply indicate that you’ve activated/deactivated something (high beams, cruise, overdrive, etc.)

The most common warning lights include:

  • Check Engine – your car’s computer has determined an engine or emissions component isn’t working properly and has set a diagnostics code. Repair ASAP.
  • ABS/Brake – your brakes aren’t working or fluid levels are low. Seek help immediately.
  • Battery – the charging/electrical system is failing or you have a dead battery. Check the battery, wiring, fuses, and alternator.
  • Temp – your car is probably overheating. DO NOT open the hood until the car cools for at least 30 minutes. Look at the radiator, water pump, and coolant levels.
  • Low Oil – oil pressure is dropping, probably due to a leak. This can be catastrophic if unattended.

These are just a few of many problems you might have. If a dash warning light does come on, stop by Crossroads Automotive to have your vehicle repaired.

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