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November 5, 2016

Are your car’s dashboard lights gibberish to you?

  There seems like there are a million of these little lights that pop up at the most inconvenient of times, but do you know what they all actually mean? Inspired by this article, I wanted to refresh you all on your dashboard lights! Here’s a helpful guide for you! screenshot-2016-11-07-at-11-02-36-am Check Engine – Indicates a fault that the engine computer has detected with the engine management system, usually related to emissions, but this light could have a wide range of causes.   screenshot-2016-11-07-at-11-03-11-am   Battery/Charging Alert – Voltage level is below normal and/or the charging system is not functioning properly.   screenshot-2016-11-07-at-11-02-57-am   Oil Pressure Warning – Illuminates when the oil pressure sensor has detected low oil pressure/loss of oil pressure. Immediately get your oil checked. screenshot-2016-11-07-at-11-09-42-am Temperature Warning – Indicates that your vehicle’s temperature has exceeded its normal limits with a possibility of overheating, and usually demands an immediate stop.   screenshot-2016-11-07-at-11-03-17-am Brake System Alert – This light indicates a low brake fluid level, leaks, or low brake linings. Sometimes this light illuminates when there is an ABS fault. If this stays on, you should get your brakes checked.   screenshot-2016-11-07-at-11-02-43-am   ABS Warning – Means that the Anti-lock Brake system has detected a fault. It doesn’t result in you losing your brakes, but additional safety features may be switched off and you should seek help to resolve any issues.   screenshot-2016-11-07-at-11-02-23-am   Bulb Failure – Indicates a problem detected with one or more of your car’s exterior lights.   screenshot-2016-11-07-at-11-03-02-am   Airbag Fault – This could be informing you that the passenger airbag has been turned off manually. But, if this light stays on, it means a fault has been found in the airbag system.   screenshot-2016-11-07-at-11-02-31-am   Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) – Low air pressure has been detected in a tire(s) or there may be a sensor malfunction.   screenshot-2016-11-07-at-11-02-12-am   Traction Control – This light usually illuminates along with the ABS light when the vehicle detects a system fault. It also comes on to warn the driver of hazardous road conditions it detects.   screenshot-2016-11-07-at-11-02-02-am   Powertrain Malfunction – The engine management system has detected a fault that requires your engine to be shut down. You should seek immediate help.  


Fog Lamp – This simply is telling you that your vehicle’s front fog lamps are on.