Deciphering Your Dashboard Lights
You see them illuminated on your dashboard every time you start your car, truck or van but we rarely give them any thought until one unexpectedly greets us at an inopportune time. Do you ever get the feeling they are really just strange hieroglyphics that only the manufacturer can decode or do you actually know what they mean when you see them? Get to know all those strange symbols with our getting to know your dashboard guide.
With the appearance of a comet blasting across space, it would be easy to assume this symbol has an ominous meaning seeing it illuminated actually only means that your fog lights are on. The indicator is meant to give the appearance of a headlight with lights slashing through the fog and only appears when your fog lights have been activated. Some vehicles come equipped with rear fog lights, and as such have a secondary fog light indicator in amber.
While it may look like a butterfly with box wings, this symbol actually indicates that your washer fluid is running low. Because a clean windshield is imperative to seeing clearly the many obstacles you may encounter out on the road, we advise filling it sometime in the near future with washer fluid that contains alcohol and not just water. Not only can water freeze during the frigid temps West Michigan has to offer as a possibility half of the year, but water sitting inside the reservoir in hot temperatures can actually breed bacteria that can make you sick as it’s dispelled into the air.
Oil Pressure Light
It may look like a dripping genie in a bottle, but ignoring this oil pressure light could result in you wishing you could go back in time to avoid a costly mistake. Oil not only helps engines remain lubricated but it helps with cleaning, cooling, sealing and protecting the engine components from repeated impacts. Irreversible damage can be caused within seconds and it is highly advised to turn your engine off in order to check your vehicle’s oil levels.
Check Engine Light
It’s not a personal submarine floating on your dashboard but if you ignore this serious warning symbol, you could find yourself in deep water. This symbol indicates a problem with vehicle’s systems and should never be ignored. Reasons for it engaging vary from a loose gas cap to a malfunctioning sensor to a faulty catalytic convertor, with costs ranging from nothing but a little bit of elbow grease to thousands. The most important thing to remember… whatever the issue, it won’t solve itself and ignoring it longer will only increase the cost of repairing the issue.
Brake Warning Light
It looks like your vehicle is shouting some type of expletive at you and in a way, maybe it really is. This light indicates there is something wrong with the brake hydraulic system. It could be as easy as forgetting to release the parking brake or it could mean hydraulic pressure has been lost in one of the brake systems or even brake fluid in the master cylinder being dangerously low. Issues with your braking system are serious because they can lead to brake failure, resulting in a dangerous situation where you can’t stop.
Check Engine Light
It looks like a key is sinking into sea and when you see it, you may experience a sinking feeling in your stomach. The Check Engine Light indicates a problem with vehicle’s systems and should never be ignored. Reasons for it engaging can vary from a loose gas cap, a malfunctioning sensor or a faulty catalytic convertor, with costs ranging from nothing but a little bit of elbow grease to thousands. The most important thing to remember… whatever the issue, it won’t solve itself and ignoring it longer will only increase the cost of repairing the issue.
It’s not an early warning system that your vehicle is being chased by snakes, but an indication that your traction control is engaged. Today’s vehicles come equipped with sensors that not only monitor if your Anti-lock Braking System will engage but your wheel speed to assist in traction if it is lost in one or more wheels.
Low Air Pressure
If this wasn’t a low air pressure indicator, there would be no explaining for this symbol as anything but an alien lifeform. Fortunately, we know that this indicates tire pressure that is low enough to create unsafe driving conditions. Keeping in mind that your tires are the only point of contact between your vehicle and the road beneath helps put their importance in perspective. Underinflated tires mean lessening of traction, undue tire wear and possibly even tire failure. Pressure may be lost from an item having punctured it, leading to a slow or fast leak, or due to cold conditions. A less common reason for a low tire light glowing is a faulty sensor. If you have checked and all of your tires are properly inflated, a faulty sensor may be the culprit.
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