A Guide to Your Car’s Dashboard Warning Lights

March 19, 2018 11:17 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

If you drive a car, then you know that your dashboard has several different warning lights. These lights will light up or flash to signal a problem, and should not be ignored. To give you a better understanding of what these lights are really telling you, German car specialists in Albuquerque, NM will explain some of your vehicle’s dashboard warning lights.

Check engine light

So, your check engine light just came on. What does this mean, exactly? Well, since this light can indicate more than one thing, the answer depends on whether the light is solid or flashing—it’s important to know how to distinguish the two lights from one another.

When your check engine light is lit and solid, your car is trying to tell you that a problem has occurred more than once. Usually an indicator of an emissions problem, a solid light is not always cause for immediate alarm, but it’s best to have your mechanic look at it at some point. In some cases, if the cause is a loose or damaged gas cap, a lit check engine light may resolve itself. On the other hand, a flashing check engine light is a more serious warning. It means you are actively doing damage to the engine. Pull over and stop as soon as possible.

Battery warning light

It is not unusual for the battery warning light to appear briefly as a quick flash on the dash when you start your car. But if it doesn’t go away, or lights up while you’re driving, there could be a problem with the battery or the drive belt. Many cars today have a single serpentine belt that controls this, and you will know there’s a failure because the power steering, brakes and other functions will go out. Possible reasons for your battery warning light illuminating include a problem with the alternator or an old, drained battery.

ABS light

The ABS light on your dashboard is there to warn you of trouble with your anti-lock braking system. While this could mean your ABS system is not functioning, you’ll usually still have the ability to brake. In other words, you should be able to stop your vehicle. Get your vehicle to the auto shop as soon as you can after the ABS warning light pops on.

Brake warning light

Your car’s brake warning light is likely an exclamation point inside a circle. If this light comes on, or is accompanied by the ABS light, slow down gradually and pull over and call for assistance. A problem with your brake system is serious and dangerous, especially if you don’t get it checked out.

Oil level warning light

Another light that appears and then vanishes when you start your car is the oil pressure warning light. If this light comes on while you’re driving, stop somewhere safe and check the oil level. The dipstick may show that you are low on oil, in which case you should try topping it off and then restart the engine. You could have a more serious problem if the light doesn’t turn off.

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