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Common Dashboard Warning Lights

The Most Serious Dashboard Indicator Lights and What to Do About Them

The symbols that pop up next to your speedometer are called dashboard indicator lights, and they tell you when there’s a problem with your vehicle or, sometimes, when your vehicle has engaged a system such as traction control. Here, we’ll talk about the lights that indicate the most serious problems with your vehicle.

Engine Temperature

One important symbol to recognize is the engine temperature light, which looks like the letter E floating on the sea. This means your engine is overheating, which is not good! If you see this light come on, you should turn the heat on as high as it will go and turn off nonessentials like A/C and radio so the engine drain is reduced as much as possible. Pull over, turn the engine off, and wait at least 20 minutes before opening the hood in case a hose bursts. If the engine doesn’t go back to a normal temperature range, call a tow truck.

Check Engine Light

The check engine light is another one to pay attention to. While it often means something as small as a burnt spark plug or an open engine cap, it could indicate a much bigger problem. If your check engine light comes on, get to a parts shop as soon as you can and get a diagnostic test done.

ABS Light

If you see the letters ABS inside a circle in parentheses, this means there’s a problem with your braking system, and you should take it to your dealer or repair shop and have it diagnosed and repaired. Brakes are probably the most important part of your vehicle in terms of safety, so don’t let it go!

Oil Pressure Warning

If you see a light pop up of an oil can, it means that your oil pressure has dropped significantly. You may need to simply add more oil, but it could also mean there is a more serious issue. If you see this light, check your oil level and pressure immediately. Waiting too long could cause serious damage to your engine and other important mechanical components.

Battery/Charging Alert

If your Battery Light comes on, there could be an issue with your battery or the components that charge your battery. If you see this light, check your batter terminals for corrosion, the overall condition of your battery, and your alternator. It may be time for replacements!

Other Important Lights

If your fuel indicator light comes on, it means you’re low on gas, so stop to fill up as soon as possible. You also need to pay attention to the airbag light and the traction control malfunction light, which is an exclamation point inside a triangle inside a circular arrow. You may not need these immediately, but in the case of a crash or slippery driving conditions, you’ll want them.

These are just a few of the dashboard indicator symbols you should know. Find more here. If you have a dashboard indicator light on, you can also stop by Gossett KIA on Covington Pike here in Memphis. Our service team would be happy to take a look at your vehicle.

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