Warning light

February 20, 2018

Dashboard Warning Lights and their Meaning

Keeping your vehicle well maintained is important. You may notice though that the dashboard warning lights will illuminate. When this happens, it is important to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible so we can inspect it for what the issue might be. Warning symbols are normally in red. They indicate a potential problem or safety issue that should be checked by us so we can diagnose it correctly. If you notice the temperature warning light, it can mean your coolant is overheating. Quickly pull over and let your car cool down or the heat can destroy your car’s engine. The symbol also comes in blue which means the coolant temperature is below what is needed for optimum performance. It normally pops up when you start up your car in the morning and the symbol should disappear once the vehicle warms up.   If the engine oil pressure warning light is on, it may mean your engine has lost normal oil pressure. It could be something as simple as being low on oil, or it could be an indication of serious engine problems. The trouble is, you don’t know whether the problem is serious or no big deal, so the best course of action is to pull over immediately, turn off your engine, and call for an appointment. If you replace the oil often, it could mean there is a serious leak. You should never run your vehicle without oil in it, so make sure this issue is fixed as soon as possible.   If you notice the battery charge light illuminate, the first thing you should do is turn off anything that draws power from the battery, except for the headlights if you are driving at night. This includes the air conditioning and heating system, the stereo, any interior lights, and any accessories such as heated seats or heated mirrors. Do not turn your car off until you get to somewhere safe, just in case it doesn’t start again. If the vehicle becomes hard to start, make sure to bring it in, so we can inspect and test the battery for you.