Understanding Your Dashboard Warning Lights

December 13th, 2017 by

Modern car dashboard closeup with glowing arrows

Your car communicates to you through the warning lights, sounds and smells that it produces. But before it gets to smell, the warning alerts on your dashboard should have enlightened you prompting an immediate action to prevent further damage. Below are some dashboard warnings light as presented to you at Don Franklin Family of Dealerships.

Dashboard Icon Meanings

Here are a few of the most common car dashboard icons you may see when your are driving along the roads of Kentucky.

  • The coolant temperature alert – This light indicates that the temperature has exceeded the average operating temperature. Check the coolant level, the fan operation, see if there are any leaks and inspect the radiator.
  • Brake system alert – The light comes on when the brake fluid is low, when the parking brake is on, and when the braking system has a problem.
  • Reduced power warning light –  It comes on when the engine has limited power output. When this happens, your engine or ECM requires professional diagnosis that involves scanning.
  • Tire pressure warning light – This light lets you know if the pressure in one or more of your tires is too low.
  • Oil pressure warning light – This light could mean that the engine is low on oil or an issue has occurred with the oil pressure system.
  • Antilock brake warning – If you see this symbol, the antilock brake system has a problem.
  • Battery alert – When looking at your car dashboard icons, this light means the charging system does not have enough power or your car is only running on battery power.
  • Traction control malfunction – Your anti-skid system may be off completely, or it is experiencing an issue.
  • Automatic shift lock or engine start indicator – This light will let you know if you need to press the brake to get your car out of neutral or to start the car.

Contact Don Franklin Auto for More Information

Visit our Somerset, KY dealership premises for inspection and maintenance depending on what your warning lights tell you. Our highly-skilled technicians have the knowledge and expertise needed to diagnose any issues with your particular make and model. Contact us for more information.

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