Oftentimes, when we see one of our warning lights on our dash, we ignore it. There are some lights most of us know not to ignore, like the low gas light or a blinking check engine light, but there are a few others that are vital to pay attention to. Letting the lights mentioned below go without professional attention can hurt the car and result in an unsafe automobile. Also, it’s important to note that every car is different, so it’s best to refer to your user manual if you aren’t sure what a certain light means
Warning Lights To Know
- The engine light can be a result of a lot of things, including faulty spark plugs and wires, bad oxygen sensors, a loose gas cap, malfunctioning mass airflow sensor, and more. If the engine light is solid, it means the issue isn’t super critical, but you should make an appointment to get it checked ASAP. If the check engine light is flashing, then there is a bigger issue that requires immediate expert assistance. If you experience this, immediately pull over and shut off the ignition. Wait until the engine cools down before opening the hood.
- The brake light is a great safety feature for any car, but it can mean a lot of different things. It could mean that the emergency brake is still engaged, you’re low on brake fluid, the car’s brake pads are worn, or it’s related to the automatic braking system (ABS). The last two reasons mentioned are more serious. If the brake pads erode, the brake sensors will become exposed and new pads should be installed immediately.
- The battery light can represent a problem with the vehicle’s electrical system, causing the engine not to receive proper power. When the battery levels are low, it can specify deteriorating battery terminals, bad alternators, faulty cables, or a defective drive belt, meaning the battery needs replacing. If this light appears drive the car to the closest auto shop.
- The coolant light means that your engine is overheating or the coolant level is low. If you allow your engine to overheat, you risk letting a minor problem turn into large damage. If the engine overheats due to lack of coolant, it could seize up, crack, and stop while your car is still driving. Turn the car off and let the engine cool, and get it checked by a professional.
- If your oil warning light is on, your oil level or oil pressure may be low. If either is the case, your engine could stop running while you’re still driving your car. Not only could this damage the engine and other parts of your car, but it can be unsafe if you’re on the road! If you want some peace of mind, check your oil level and if it’s low, fill it up to normal operating level. This will give you some time to get your car over to your mechanic.
- The airbag warning light is a light often ignored, but this is another one that should be inspected. There is a chance your airbags may not deploy when this warning light is on, or it can indicate something wrong with your seat belts. Be sure to get this checked out because risking your safety is not worth it.
- If the power steering light is on, it may be hard to turn and steer. You may not be able to move the steering wheel at lower speeds, which can be dangerous when changing lanes and when you approach a turn. A power steering leak solution can help give you a fast fix until you get to your auto shop.
Be sure to pay attention to your dashboard lights: if you see one that seems unfamiliar don’t be afraid to call your local mechanic or pull over and check your user’s manual.