What does that Light Mean? Common Dashboard Warning Lights
When your vehicle begins to have trouble it will often let you know either through physical signs that you can see, feel or hear, or a dashboard indicator light will turn on if the problem is first detected by one of your car's numerous sensors. The following is a description of the most common dashboard indicator lights used by automakers today.
Coolant Temp Warning Light
If a little light that looks like a telephone pole sticking out of waves turns on it means that the engine operating temperature is too high. This could be an issue with the coolant level, operation of the fan, radiator cap or other cooling system issues.
Oil Pressure Warning Light
If an oil can with a drip coming out of it appears on your dash it means that there is a loss of oil pressure. This could ruin your engine so pull over immediately.
The transmission temperature light appears as a gear with a thermostat in the middle of it. High transmission fluid temperature could cause a number of issues, so don't wait to get this checked out.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
The TPMS system will cause a light that looks like a tire low on air with an exclamation point in it to light up if there is incorrect tire pressure in one or more tires.
Battery Alert Light
A little battery with the (-) and (+) sign on it represents low voltage levels in the vehicle's charging system. This could be an issue with the battery or the alternator.
The ABS light is the brake system light. ABS stands for Anti-lock braking system and if the light comes on it means sensors in the system have detected an issue and professional diagnostics are necessary.
Check Engine Light
The light in the shape of an engine will turn on if there is a problem with the engine computer. This monitors many different things, including sensors in the intake and exhaust and the fuel system.
Anytime a light on your dashboard comes on it is important to have it checked out right away. If you need automotive diagnostics in Everett visit O.N.B. Automotive for professional service. Our team of expert techs can solve any issue using the latest diagnostic and repair equipment. Contact us at 425-317-9618 to make an appointment for expert auto repair in Everett today!
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Written By Brian Corey
Published By MORBiZ