What is Your Dashboard Telling You

What is Your Dashboard Telling You

Have you ever noticed those symbols that light up on your dashboard when you start your car? They usually don't stick around for long. You'll see them for a brief second or two to show you that everything is working and in order then they'll turn off until they are needed. 


Why pay attention to them? All motorists need to be car care aware especially when it comes to the importance and meaning of their vehicles' dashboard lights.

What are these lights?

The warning lights on the dashboard of your vehicle, are just what the name suggests, warnings. So if one day you start your vehicle and a warning light remains illuminated, you could potentially have an issue with your car and require an inspection to determine whether or not you need any repairs.


You can become more aware and learn the meaning behind the warning lights on your dashboard by reading your owner's manual, to help you be better prepared to take action if of the warning lights turns on when you unexpected it.


Now, some dashboards might look slightly different and may vary by vehicle, but we are going to go through a few of the most common warning lights that we see on a day-to-day basis:


Check Engine Light

The dreaded check engine light usually lights up to indicate that there is a problem with the engine that it can't resolve itself. If the check engine light appears, the light will either blink to indicate a problem that requires immediate attention. However, if the light is steady, the problem is not an emergency, but you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible.


Battery/Charging Alert

This warning light is a clear indicator of the vehicle's charging system not functioning as it should and the battery voltage drops below a safe level. Batteries can either be recharged or replaced. We test the strength of the battery as part of our vehicle health check or major service.


Brake System

An illuminated brake system light could mean one of a few things. Either the parking brake is on. The brake fluid level is too low and needs a top up to ensure 100% efficiency from your brakes. Or there is an issue with the anti-lock braking system (ABS), that controls your wheels and stops you from losing control when driving on ice or aquaplaning.


If you have one of these warning lights or another light lit up on your dashboard, make sure you book your vehicle in for a free health check at your nearest Croxdale Autocentre. Or if you'd prefer, or to get in touch regarding other vehicle care, maintenance or repair contact us here and find your nearest Croxdale Fast Fit.

Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2018

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