Dashboard lights can be a source of major frustration for car owners – both because it means something is wrong with your car – and because all too often, it isn’t clear what that something is. Instead of taking the car into the service department, owners often ignore the warning light until a more obvious problem presents its self – a mistake that can prove costly.
Dashboard lights are your car’s only mechanism for communicating with you, designed to make you aware of a problem before it becomes serious. Next time a dashboard light appears in your car, follow this guide of common dashboard lights to understand what your car is trying to tell you.
This appears as just the word “BRAKE” in all caps. This light indicates a problem with – you guessed it – the brake system. The brake fluid could be low, or it could be a different issue. Pay attention to how your brakes are responding when you apply pressure, and have the issue addressed right away.
Low oil pressure
This light looks like an oil canister, with a single drop of oil falling from its front. This light indicates that your oil pressure is low, most commonly indicating that you need to add oil. In the event this does not fix the problem, have your vehicle looked at by a professional.
This light appears as a battery, with a positive and negative terminal. When this light appears, your battery is not charging, and the battery needs to be repaired or replaced.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
This light looks like an exclamation point inside of parenthesis and indicates that there is a problem with the tire pressure monitoring system, or that the car is fitted with a spare tire. If you don’t have the spare tire on, have your service department take a look at the system.
The above dashboard lights are always worth having checked out by a professional before your car becomes more dangerous to drive and more expensive to fix.
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