Cars are equipped with electronics and sensors to monitor the behavior of the vehicles and communicate information to you. It is important to determine the meaning of each dashboard symbols, at least they can prevent car breakdown and direct the owner to know which parts of the car should be inspected and repaired.
Here are the most important warning lights you should watch out for:
Engine Warning Light/ECU This light is one of the most common and recognizable dashboard lights, and often also has the word "CHECK" inside or underneath the engine symbol. It can also appear as a text-only light. This indicates a problem with the engine or emissions, and requires immediate attention. However, it can sometimes indicate a missing gas cap.
Brake System /Brake Fluid Warning Light If your brake light stays on once you start driving, most likely you have left the parking brake on. If you drive too long with your parking brake engaged, it will cause your brakes to get too hot and eventually you will have no braking power. You will have to pull over and let the brakes cool down.
Airbag Warning Light The airbags are connected to sensors which detect sudden deceleration. If the sensor is faulty then the airbag might go off during normal driving, e.g. if you hit a bump in the road, or it might not go off at all.
Seat Belt Reminder This red indicator features the icon of a person being restrained by seatbelts and is a gentle reminder that you should put your seatbelt on.
Door Open Light A symbol which looks like a vehicle with its doors open. It means that one of the doors is not properly shut.
Coolant Warning Light This is not a good warning to see. Immediately turn on the car’s heater to dissipate heat, stop as soon as you can and switch off your engine. Now turn the ignition on so that the fans keep drawing cool air through the engine to cool it down quicker.
Oil Warning Light You don't want to wait to see this light on your dashboard before you find out you don't have oil in your engine.There is most likely significant damage to your engine if this light comes one while you are driving. Pull over right away and put oil in your engine.
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Tyre Pressure Monitor Warning Light The tyre pressure warning light will become illuminated when the tyre pressure monitoring system detects a tyres pressure is reduced by 25% or more. This dashboard warning light is more frequently illuminated during cold winter months when outdoor temperatures are reduced and lowering the tyre pressures.
Battery Charge Alert The battery charge dashboard warning light will illuminate when the ignition is switched on and will extinguish once the engine has started if working correctly. If light does not illuminate when ignition is switched on, illuminates after engine is started or whilst driving, the battery is not charging. The possible causes could be a dead battery, faulty alternator or lose or corroded connection on the battery terminals.
ABS Light The Anti-Lock Braking System or ABS warning light will illuminate during normal driving if there is a problem with the anti-lock braking system. The ABS warning light will illuminate briefly when the ignition is switched on when the car is started to confirm the ABS system is functional. If light is illuminated, normal braking is maintained although the anti-lock system will be defective.
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