With regular maintenance, your car can stay running on the roads for thousands of miles to come. Most cars also have alert lights and other messages to let you know if something is wrong and it needs repair. If you’re not sure what these lights mean, though, they’re no help at all. Here are some of the most common dashboard warning lights and what to do if they come on in your car.
Check Engine Light
This dashboard light, which is shaped like the outline of an engine, means your vehicle’s onboard computer system has detected a problem with one or more of your cars important systems. When you see this light, you should visit a trained technician so they can run a diagnostic test and address the problem at hand.
Anti-Lock Back System Light
Appearing and a circle around the letters “ABS,” this light indicates a malfunction with the vehicle’s anti-lock brake system. While your brakes will continue to work when this light is illuminated, you should have your vehicle serviced as soon as possible to regain optimal safety.
If you see a light that looks like a car battery on your dashboard, it means there is an issue with your car’s electrical system. This can be due to something simple like a loose wire or something more problematic such as a faulty battery. If you can’t easily address the problem yourself, visit a technician.
Temperature Warning Light
This light looks like a thermometer and typically means your engine is overheating. If you see this while driving, pull over and wait for your car to cool down, then visit a technician as soon as possible.
Tire Pressure Light
Visually, this light looks like a tire with an exclamation point inside it and it indicates a drop in air pressure in one or more tires. When you see this, you should add air to your tires and make sure there is no leak in any of them.
Low Fuel Light
Finally, one of the most common warning lights is the low fuel light. Usually an image of a gas pump, or simple the letter “E,” this means your vehicle is all most completely out of fuel and you should refill immediately.
If any of these lights come on in your vehicle and you have questions, contact us at Tipton Auto Group.