Modern vehicles are filled with electronics and packed with sensors to monitor both how your vehicle is behaving and to make our motoring life easier. When something does go wrong, it can be a difficult task trying to work out exactly what that warning light flashing away on your dashboard is trying to tell you. It is important to know what the dashboard warning lights could actually mean. You should also bring the vehicle in so we can inspect the vehicle for the source of the issue.
The Brake System Light
The brakes are arguably the most important feature on your vehicle. If there is a warning light flashing on your dash highlighting there is something wrong with the braking system, it’s best to get it checked out right away. This light could signal low brake fluid. It could also mean that the brake pads are worn out, or there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.
If the Engine Warning Light Illuminates
If your engine warning light is illuminated, often it will be accompanied by some unusual symptoms. These could include a lack of power, as the vehicle has gone into safe mode to protect itself. An intermittent stuttering as you press the accelerator, caused by a misfire, or another fault, which could alter the normal response from the engine. Sometimes this can be down to something as small as a faulty electrical sensor, although sometimes it can be a larger mechanical issue. If the engine warning light is showing, bring it in as soon as possible, as driving around any longer could cause further, and potentially irreparable damage.
Power Steering Light
If the power steering warning light, often known as the EPAS light is illuminated, it means there could be something wrong with the steering system. If the system fails, the steering could go heavy, meaning more effort will be needed to make the vehicle change direction. This can be an annoyance at low speed when you are trying to maneuver, but a real risk at higher speeds if you need to make a sudden lane change to avoid an obstacle.
Coolant warning light
Without any coolant the engine would get so hot it would effectively weld itself together. If you see the coolant light show up on your dashboard, it could mean coolant levels are running low, so check the gauge on the side of the coolant tank under the bonnet and top up if necessary. In conjunction with a temperature gauge reading well into the red, it could mean your engine is overheating. This is either the sign of a larger problem, such as a head gasket failure, or symptomatic of something less major, like a leak in the system somewhere. This means the engine has run low on coolant and got too hot. Get it seen to as soon as possible to avoid a potentially expensive repair bill. Having the issue inspect at the first sign can help save on time, money, and stress in the long run.