What do these lights mean?
Do you know what all the lights on your dashboard mean? If not, you’re not alone. Your dashboard lights are helpful because they let you know when things aren’t working properly within your vehicle. Typically they are a warning, giving you some time to get your vehicle looked at. Don’t wait too long and definitely do not ignore them. It’s important to know what each one stands for and every vehicle is different. Some designs may vary depending on the vehicle so be sure to consult your owner’s manual to find out specifics for your vehicle type.
We put together some of our “favorites” (we actually just prefer our dashboard lights off, but what can you do?) to give you an idea of how serious and not so serious some of these lights can be.
Oil Light: This sensor detects low oil pressure. Don’t wait on this one and get an oil change ASAP. Oil is the life blood for your vehicle! (PS. We have an awesome everyday low price of $19.95 for oil changes)
Brake System Alert: This determines low brake fluid levels. Leaks or low brake linings are a common cause of this.
Glow Plug: Used on diesel vehicles only. There should be no attempts to start the vehicle until this light is off. If you must drive, make sure you drive slow and avoid highways.
Temperature Warning: Possibility of engine over heating. Stop driving the vehicle as soon as possible so damage to the vehicle is minimized. Towing may be necessary for this situation.
Battery Warning: A fault in within the car battery. Seek professional help to figure out exact problems.
Front Airbag: A fault in the airbag system, the airbag will not deploy.
ABS Warning: A fault in the ABS braking system. ABS stands for Anti-Lock Braking System. Your normal brakes will continue to work, but your ABS brakes are not working properly when this light appears. This should be reviewed by a mechanic as soon as possible.
Windshield Fluid: Lower washer fluid is detected and needs more.
Check Engine: A fault in the engine management system. The check engine light can light up for numerous reasons, including your gas cap not being closed tight enough. Seek professional help to determine exactly where the problem lies.