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Understanding Dashboard Warning Lights

January 8, 2015 / 

Safety comes first! That’s driving 101. One should never overlook any of the safety lights or warnings that might otherwise result in an accident or a breakdown. To ensure maximum safety, cars today are equipped with advanced electronic systems that proactively warn you of developing problems.

However, these warning indications are sometimes so complex that drivers at don’t always understand or react when an illuminated warning light demands immediate attention. Therefore, in this blog we will help you to better understand the generalities of dashboard warning lights.

Brake system and ABS warning lights

Brake systems and Anti-lock braking systems (ABS) warning indicators light up together when something related to the car’s braking system goes wrong. Immediate attention and action needs to be taken – call your service advisor at our dealership immediately to set an appointment; otherwise, you’ll be putting yourself and any passengers at possible risk.

Did You Know?

One of the biggest reasons for car crashes is a mechanical failure in the vehicle’s themselves – like brake failure.

Battery warning light

When working normally, the battery symbol lights up when the ignition is switched on and goes off as soon as the car starts. But if the symbol doesn’t light up, or, if it continues to illuminate when the car is driving, then this is an indication that the vehicle’s battery is not getting charged properly and needs a check.

Temperature warning indicator

One might notice the ‘temperature warning’ indicator lights come up more often in the summer’s months, indicating that the engine is overheating or close to it. To avoid any ensuing damage to the car, turn the car off. We recommend you take it to an expert and have them examine the cooling system.

Powertrain trouble

The engine is the vehicle’s power supply and therefore demands extra attention. If one sees the ‘powertrain trouble’ sign illuminated on the dashboard, this is a clear warning that the engine of the car needs to be turned off. Also, what is causing this to happen has to be detected as quickly as possible – so again, call your dealership at once.

Low fuel warning

When the ‘low fuel warning sign’ lights up on your car’s dashboard, it is time to pay attention. It means that the car is low on fuel. But the gas won’t disappear immediately. With most new models purchased today, you have the luxury of knowing exactly how many miles you have until empty. But don’t ignore it; get your tank filled at the nearest gas station to avoid any inconvenience.

Although there are many other dashboard warning lights that one might need to take action on, these above ones are pivotal and should never be overlooked.