Get to Know Your Warning Lights: When is it Critical?
The lights that come on and off on your dashboard are nothing new, but understanding their warning and knowing when to take action is essential. Here are the most common light indicators, what they mean and what you should do when they come on. Keep in mind, not all warning lights are universal, you should refer to your owner’s manual if you are still unsure about what the light indicates.
CHECK ENGINE or MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LIGHT (MIL)
- What It Means – This symbol indicates that the engines computer has detected an issue.
- What to Do – Take your car to a mechanic for them to diagnose the issue and recommend the necessary repairs or service.
COOLANT TEMPERATURE WARNING
- What It Means – The temperature has exceeded normal limits.
- What to Do – Check your coolant levels, fan operation, radiator cap and make sure there are no leaks.
OIL PRESSURE WARNING
- What It Means – This is an indication that your oil pressure is decreasing.
- What to Do – You need to IMMEDIATELY check your oil levels and pressure. If you’re not sure how take it in to see your mechanic.
- What It Means – 1. Parking brake is on. 2. There is a problem with the braking system or your brake fluid is low. 3. ABS problem.
- What to Do – Check the brake fluid, make sure the parking brake is fully released, or if it’s an ABS issue take it to your mechanic.
- What It Means – Your Anti-Lock Brake computer has detected an issue.
- What to Do – Get a professional mechanics help.
WASHER FLUID REMINDER
- What It Means – Your washer fluid is too low.
- What to Do – Fill the reservoir, it’s the cap that looks like a windshield. Some vehicles have different caps for front and rear washer fluid.
- What It Means – The voltage of your battery is below normal level and the charging system isn’t functioning properly.
- What to Do – Check the battery terminals, alternator belt and overall condition.
- What It Means – The vehicle has found a problem with the airbag system.
- What to Do – Take it to the mechanic immediately for repair of the system.
If a red warning light is on and you are unsure what it means, check the manual or visit your mechanic. Red light is a warning for a reason, get it checked out straight away and don’t leave it until it’s too late!
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