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All the Possible Warning Lights on Your Dashboard & What They Mean

Your dashboard can give you the 411 on the conditions of your vehicle's complex systems. It can remind you to get maintenance, and it can also signal trouble. There are five important warning symbols on your dashboard that you should never ignore:

  • Electrical system fault warning light
  • Tire pressure warning light
  • Oil pressure warning light
  • Engine temperature warning light
  • Check engine warning light

Electrical System Fault Light

The electrical fault light resembles a car battery and is one of the most critical warning lights on your dashboard. When it lights up, it means that there is a problem somewhere in the electrical system of your vehicle.

While neglecting it might not cause significant damage to your vehicle, you might not be able to start your car next time around. It is vital to take your vehicle in for maintenance while it is still running.

 

Tire Pressure Light

The tire pressure light on your dashboard is another one you should be aware of. It usually resembles a tire. Driving on too low- or high-pressure tires is very dangerous as it impacts the movement of your vehicle. Your tire pressure should meet the requirements listed on the label on the driver's door side.

 

Oil Pressure Light

The oil pressure warning light is illustrated as a traditional oil can and is usually red to indicate its urgency. This light can tell you a lot about the condition of your vehicle's engine oil. It usually means you're either running low on oil or your oil pump isn't circulating enough fluid to lubricate your engine properly. You should address this problem pronto, as engine damage can take place quickly.

 

Coolant Temperature Light

The coolant temperature is indicated by a symbol that looks like a thermometer dipped in liquid. This light tells you that your engine is on the brink of overheating. This type of warning needs to be investigated further to determine the root cause (because there could be multiple). Make sure you stop driving and let the engine cool down before you attempt to check your coolant levels.

 

Check Engine Light

This warning light looks like an engine block, and it's universal for all vehicles. The check engine light is usually the most severe and brutal warning because of the kind of damage it can indicate. Engine damage is no joke, so please do not ignore it. 

 

Immediate investigation, maintenance, and repairs are essential to rule out the causes of your lit warning lights. If any of these lights come on in your dashboard, we invite you to take your car to West Coast Tire & Service for further assistance. Give us a call today if you have any questions.