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5 Dashboard Warning Lights Every Driver Should Know

Dashboard warning lights let you know when something is wrong with your car, SUV, truck, or van. They are universally understood, which is why every driver should familiarize themselves with the symbols. These lights vary in color, shape, and size, so let’s dive deeper into several of them.

Check Engine Light

  • What It Looks Like - A yellow or orange light that resembles an engine block
  • What It Means - There is a minor, moderate, or severe issue with your emission system, ignition system, or fuel system. Some examples are a faulty catalytic converter, worn spark plugs, or a bad sensor. 
  • What To Do When It Comes On - Take your vehicle to get a diagnostics scan. If the light is flashing or blinking, you should stop driving immediately. 

Coolant Temperature Light

  • What It Looks Like - A red or blue analog thermometer dipped in liquid
  • What It Means - It means your engine is running too cold or too hot. If it is red, then it means that your engine is overheating due to low coolant or a faulty thermostat. 
  • What To Do When It Comes On - Turn off your vehicle and call for a tow.

Low Oil Pressure Light

  • What It Looks Like - A yellow or red light that resembles a traditional oil can with dripping liquid. It can sometimes be described as looking like a genie lamp.
  • What It Means - Oil pressure is low, sometimes due to an old filter, low oil levels, or a faulty pump.
  • What To Do When It Comes On - Turn off your car and check your oil levels using the dipstick. If you need further assistance, please visit your local auto repair shop.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System Light

  • What It Looks Like - A deflated tire with an exclamation point in the middle. 
  • What It Means - Tire pressure in one or more of your tires has dropped significantly. 
  • What To Do When It Comes On - Manually check your tire pressure and see which tires need more air. Fill up your tires to meet the recommended psi rating. If the light doesn’t go away, consider visiting our shop.

If you need help repairing and resetting your vehicle warning light, please do not hesitate to visit the local experts at One Stop Auto Care in Los Angeles.