It is important to take care of your vehicle and be aware of any problems to ensure it continues to run smoothly. One of the ways to resolve any issues with your car is by understanding your dashboard indicator lights. There are many lights used in the dashboard system, and each warns of its own specific problems. Here is a quick guide to understand the meaning behind the more frequently seen dashboard indicator lights.
Check Engine Light: A light in the shape of an engine will show up on your dashboard whenever there is an issue with your car’s engine. This symbol indicates a range of problems, from the gas cap being loose to your engine needing new spark plugs. Whenever this indicator comes up, it’s probably a good idea to bring your vehicle into your dealership’s service center for a checkup.
Oil Change Reminder: Every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, your car will need an oil change. Many new vehicles have an oil change reminder light that will indicate when your oil is getting worse for wear. This light means you should take your vehicle in for its routine oil change as soon as you can.
Tire Pressure Warning: Low or high tire pressure can hinder your car from performing at its finest. The Tire Pressure Warning indicator tells you when your tires are above or below the recommended pressure. When it is illuminated, check your tire pressures and either fill them up or deflate them to keep them within the suggested pressure range.
Battery Alert: Batteries have a lifespan of about five years and as they age, their charge is weakened. When your battery is running low, the Battery Alert light will come on. This indicates you should replace your battery or check it to ensure it is still in working condition.
Coolant Temperature Warning: Coolant keeps your engine from overheating. When this light flips on, it means the temperature in your engine has exceeded its normal limits. Check the coolant temperature, fan operation, radiator cap, and look for any potential coolant leaks to ensure your car keeps running smoothly.