WHAT’S THAT FLASH ON YOUR DASH?

Have you ever seen a light flash on your car’s dashboard? Most people go months without doing a thing because they don’t know what their car is trying to tell them, and they feel like their vehicle is running fine. The following list of warning lights are the most common lights used by auto manufacturers.

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Check Engine Light.

 

 This light illuminates when the vehicle detects a fault with the engine management system. Usually related to emissions or running concerns can cause the vehicle to go into a “limp home” mode when illuminated and requires immediate professional attention.

Oil Pressure Warning Light

 

This light will illuminate when the oil pressure sensor detects low oil pressure, the vehicle’s engine should be switched off immediately to avoid severe engine damage and the oil level checked to ensure correct quantity in the engine. Professional engine should be sought if oil level is correct and light continues to show. An amber light is also used in some vehicles to warn when the oil level is getting low and a top-up is required.

Brake System Alert Light

 

This light indicates when there is a low brake fluid level and professional help should be sought to rectify any issues. Leaks or low brake lining are common cause, this light is sometimes used when a vehicle has an ABS fault.

Temperature Warning Light

 

It warns the driver of the possibility of the engine overheating and usually demands the driver to stop the vehicle (to keep your car from overheating turn your heater on full blast).

Battery Warning Light

 

This indicates voltage level is below normal and/or the vehicle’s charging system is not functioning properly. Seek professional help to resolve the issue.

TPMS Tire Pressure Monitoring System Light.

 

Indicates the tire pressure monitoring system has found at least one tire with low air pressure or there may be a sensor malfunction. Check tire pressure. Some vehicle will allow manual reset of TPMS warning light and others will require professional diagnosis.

Not all warning lights are universal. Always refer to your owner’s manual when you are not 100% sure what the light indicates. Many warning lights indicate that a fault has occurred inside the vehicle’s system, but it doesn’t pin point the item or system that has failed. In these cases, a code reader or scan tool can help determine the part that needs to be replaced. Do not ignore your vehicle’s warnings, it is trying to stay ahead of a potential problem. Though your car may continue to run fine when the light first appears, the longer you go without addressing the problem the higher the risk of encountering a serious (expensive) fix.

We at KW Auto Body are passionate about the proper upkeep of your vehicle, which is why we work tirelessly to get you back on the road quickly and, most importantly, safely!  Give us a call today to see what our experts can do to service your automotive needs. 

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