As a vehicle operator, it is important to be aware of certain mechanical aspects of your car. General maintenance is always recommended to keep your vehicles running in good shape. Sometimes things can happen and an error occurs that you don't know what to do about. It is important to know what the lights on your dashboard mean and what to do in the event you see a warning light appear. These are the 5 most important warning lights on your dashboard.
1. Check Engine Light
The check engine light could indicate an issue with your vehicle's engine. There are also many other reasons ranging from serious to simple for a check engine light to come on. To diagnose a check engine light the first thing you should do is check the codes with an OBD or OBD ll reader. Taking your vehicle to shop will ensure a licensed mechanic can properly diagnose your check engine light codes.
2. Coolant Temperature Warning Light
The coolant temperature warning light indicates a high temperature of coolant present in the engine. This causes your vehicle to overheat. Running your vehicle for long periods of time while overheating can cause significant damage. It is best to pull over and let your vehicle cool off.
3. Electrical System Fault
The electrical system fault light can illuminate at any point there is a failure in the electrical charging system such as the alternator. If this light appears, you need to bring your vehicle in for service ASAP.
4. Low Engine Oil Pressure
The low oil pressure light can indicate something as simple as your vehicle being low on oil. In that case a check of your oil and top-up may be all that is needed. In other cases this could mean an issue with your oil pump or filter. Taking your vehicle to a shop or doing some personal investigation is suggested.
5. Tire Pressure Warning
The tire pressure warning light is one of the most simple but crucial lights. Tire pressure is important to maintain the efficacy and safe handling of your vehicle. If this light appears, you will need to check your tire pressure on all 4 tires and either re-inflate or take some air out depending on your vehicle's standards.
If you are seeing warning lights appear on your dashboard and aren't sure what to do, we invite you to bring your vehicle to Snellville Auto Center today for full diagnostics and ease of mind.