Know what the Dashboard Warning Lights mean

A sign that the vehicle might have developed a problem is any warning lights that illuminate on the dashboard. If one comes on, it is important to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible. This can help to prevent further issues from occurring. If the warning lights start to blink, pull over as soon as it is safe to do so. This can help to prevent a series issue from forming.


Check Engine Light

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The check engine light is connected to sensors all over the vehicle. It includes the engine, fuel, and emissions systems as well. When the light illuminates, it could mean one of several things. The first thing you should check is the gas cap. Most vehicles have a pressurized fuel system and vapor recovery loop. If you do not twist the gas cap until it clicks, the fuel system is not sealed. This will not allow it to pressurize and result in the light coming on.

 

Service Engine Light

The service engine light may illuminate, as you are getting closer to a regular maintenance inspection. This can indicate when the engine temperatures, oil temperatures, or air temperatures are less than ideal. It can also come on and remind you when it is time for an oil change.

 

Electrical Fault Light

 

This light looks like a picture of a battery. If the light illuminates it could mean that the electrical charging system is no longer working properly. If the alternator becomes faulty, it will not be able to run efficiently. The same is true for if the drive belt snaps. If the light comes on, the longer you drive, the more battery power will be used up. Eventually, the engine will die.

 

Brake Warning Light

 

When the brake warning light comes on, it is an indication that there is something wrong with the braking system. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you, because the warning light can serve for multiple issues. If the light comes on, notice any smell of burning brake dust. Bring the vehicle in as soon as possible to help prevent a further issue.

 

Coolant Warning Light

 

If the light comes on it can mean that the level is becoming low in the radiator. It is recommended to top off the coolant level. It is also important to remember to not open the radiator cap when the engine is hot. The coolant system is pressurized and could spray hot coolant.

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