What does that Light Mean? Common Dashboard Warning Lights

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What does that Light Mean? Common Dashboard Warning Lights


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What does that Light Mean? Common Dashboard Warning LightsWhen your car begins to have trouble it will often let you know either through physical signs that you can see, feel or hear, or a dashboard indicator light will turn on if the problem is first detected by one of your car's numerous sensors. The following is a description of the most common dashboard indicator lights use by automakers today.

Check Engine Light

The light in the shape of an engine will turn on if there is a problem with the engine computer. This monitors many different things, including sensors in the intake and exhaust and the fuel system.

Coolant Temperature Warning Light

If a little light that looks like a telephone pole sticking out of waves turns on it means that the engine operating temperature is too high. This could be an issue with the coolant level, operation of the fan, radiator cap or other cooling system issues.

Oil Pressure Warning

If an oil can with a drip coming out of it appears on your dash it means that there is a loss of oil pressure. This could ruin your engine so pull over immediately.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

The TPMS system will cause a light that looks like a tire low on air with an exclamation point in it to light up if there is incorrect tire pressure in one or more tires.

Transmission Temperature

The transmission temperature light appears as a gear with a thermostat in the middle of it. High transmission fluid temperature could cause a number of issues, so don't wait to get this checked out.

Battery Alert

A little battery with the (-) and (+) sign on it represents low voltage levels in the vehicle's charging system. This could be an issue with the battery or the alternator.

ABS Light

The ABS light is the brake system light. ABS stands for Anti-lock braking system and if the light comes on it means sensors in the system have detected an issue and professional diagnostics are necessary.

At McKonly's Garage we use the latest tools when completing automotive diagnostics in Lancaster. Our auto repair technicians are well versed in how to use modern repair techniques because they also understand your vehicle's systems. To learn more about our services or to request expert auto repair in Lancaster give us a call at (717) 208-8210 today!


McKonly's Garage Blog

Written By Brian Corey

Published By MORBiZ