5 Most Important Warning Lights on Your Dashboard

Warning lights alert you to potential problems with your vehicle. They come in many shapes and sizes. Here's what they look like, what they mean, and what to do.

#1. Check Engine Light

What Does It Look Like?

The check engine light is a small, round yellow or orange light that flashes on your dashboard when there's something wrong with your car.

What Does It Mean?

If the check engine light comes on, you should visit a mechanic as soon as possible. There could be a problem with your emission system that could cause problems.

What To Do?

Pull over immediately and turn off the ignition until everything has cooled down. Then call a mechanic and make an appointment ASAP.

#2. ABS Warning

What Does It Look Like?

This is a yellow light with a red ring around it. It is either on or flashing.

What Does It Mean?

There is fault detection with the anti-lock brake system (ABS).

What To Do?

Check for fault codes by pressing the 'Check Engine' or 'Malfunction Indicator Lamp' (MIL) indicator on your dashboard. 

#3. Airbag Warning Light 

What Does It Look Like?

The airbag warning light is yellow with an inflating airbag illustration in the center.

What Does It Mean?

There is something wrong with the sensor that detects when there's an impact, or one of the other components involved in deploying the airbag during a collision.

What To Do?

If this light comes on and stays on after starting the engine, drive carefully to a service facility ASAP for diagnosis and repair.

#4. Temperature Warning Light

What Does It Look Like?

The icon shape is like an analog thermometer with a red needle pointing up from its center.

What Does It Mean?

It means that your car engine is overheating. Low coolant levels, a faulty thermostat or radiator cap, or an oil leak can cause it.

What To Do?

You should turn off your car and pull it over immediately, then call a tow truck or take it to a mechanic to inspect and repair it.

#5. Low Oil Pressure

What Does It Look Like?

The engine oil pressure light is usually a yellow or orange bulb, but sometimes it's just a symbol of an oil pump.

What Does It Mean?

It indicates that the engine's oil pressure is low. It can be due to old or dirty oil filters.

What To Do?

If you see this light while driving, pull over immediately and check your oil level. If it's low, fill up the tank with fresh oil.

If you need warning light repair, we invite you to bring your vehicle to Snider Auto Care today!

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