Vehicle Diagnosticsdashboard lights: what do they mean?

Dashboard Lights: What do they mean?

Dashboard Lights: What do they mean?

by Terry Joy, Midwest Auto Care & Transmission Center. Lake Station, Indiana

When you first turn the key to your vehicle, a lot of the times you will see dashboard lights turn on as it does a system check.

But when they stay on, the various icons can indicate that there’s a problem with your vehicle.

Here is more information about what the lights mean:

CHECK ENGINE LIGHT Hobart, Portage, Miller and Lake Station, Indiana

Check Engine Light

The check engine light can come on for many reasons. When it blinks, there is a more immediate concern with an engine problem that could cause catalytic converter damage. When it’s blinking, in this condition, you should not wait to go to your auto repair shop. Call Midwest Auto Care and Transmission Center and let one of our certified technicians take a look at it.

If the check engine light comes on and stays on, the reason could range from a loose gas cap to an internal engine problem. It’s just an indicator that something is going on with a car or truck and should be looked at soon.

ABS LIGHT LAKE STATION INDIANA

Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) Warning Light

Your Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) Warning Light that is yellow indicates that there’s an issue with the anti-lock brake system, which prevents your brakes from locking up in an emergency to help you maintain steering control.

BRAKE WARNING LIGHT LAKE STATION INDIANA

Brake Warning Light

This light is red, which would warn you of a hydraulic brake failure. If this light comes on, you shouldn’t drive your vehicle because you could lose hydraulic pressure and may not be able to stop your car. It is always best to be on the safe side.

OIL PRESSURE LIGHT LAKE STATION INDIANA

Oil Pressure Alert Light

A vehicle’s Oil Pressure Alert Light means that the engine oil pressure is decreasing. You should stop as soon as it’s safe to do so and check your engine oil.

Before bringing your vehicle to an auto repair shop, make sure that your oil level is correct.

BATTERY LIGHT LAKE STATION INDIANA

Battery Alert Light

The Battery Alert Light indicates that your vehicle’s battery is short on power. There could be a problem with the battery or it might be charging accurately.

When this icon appears, it could mean you have a bad battery, a bad alternator, an electrical issue or a broken wire.

You should bring it to an auto repair shop to have it checked out.

TIRE PRESSURE LIGHT LAKE STATION INDIANA

Tire Pressure Monitoring Light

When a Tire Pressure Monitoring Light turns on, it’s saying that one of your tires is too low. It may mean that there’s a problem with the tire pressure or tire sensor.

If the light stays solid, it means that there’s a tire pressure issue. If it blinks for a minute before going solid, it’s a sensor or module problem.

Midwest Auto Care & Transmission Center is a Indiana Certified Emission Repair facility that specializes in domestic, Asian, and European Vehicles including, Honda, Toyota, BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Volkswagen to name a few.

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