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Vehicle Warning Lights: What You Need to Know

Automotible Car by Pexels via Pixabay (Public Domain CC 2.0)

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Modern day drivers have a distinct advantage – we drive cars that, thanks to technological progresses made in motoring, provide warning notifications that lets us know that something is wrong with the car and we need to act. Vehicle warning lights serve the purpose of allowing drivers to take care of possible problems before they manifest into bigger and more expensive repairs. Want assistance with any lights on for your vehicle? Come visit our service centers here at Irvine Auto Center!

What to Know about Vehicle Warning Lights:

Vehicle warning lights are displayed on the dashboard and are illuminated when some part of the vehicle needs attention. Red warning lights indicate urgent attention is required, while orange warning lights allows for a little time for you to drive on and seek out professional help.

The Major Vehicle Warning Icon Indicators are:

Engine icon– If the engine icon remains lit it indicates that a diagnostic problem has been detected and the engine needs to be checked by a knowledgeable mechanic. A flashing icon requires immediate attention.

Oil pressure– Oil pressure problems are more serious in nature as it means the car’s engine have dangerously low oil levels. Metal engine parts require effective lubrication or else they are in danger of heating up, wearing out, and risk damaging the engine. It is better to stop the car and call for assistance- but don’t let it get this far! Frequent and scheduled oil changes can easily bypass this issue.

Brake system– If the brake system warning light is lit once the handbrake is released, it means the brake fluid level might need topping up before you can continue driving.

ABS warning light– If the ABS warning light comes on while you’re driving it is a good idea to get your ABS checked out as soon as possible. Check the manufacturer handbook to find out if it still safe for you to drive if the icon is illuminated.

Battery charge warning light– If the battery charge light does not come on at all or is illuminated while you’re driving, one of three possible issues may have arisen: slack battery/starter terminal, alternator failure or broken alternator drive belt.

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