Anyone who drives a car knows all about these warning lights that pop up on our dashboards. The Check Engine Light is probably the most widely know and at times most perplexing “Check Engine Light” is one of the most popular automotive searches on Google and we get dozens of calls about it each and every week. Modern cars however have warning lights for Tire Pressure, the Cooling System, Engine Oil and other fluids and many more. If you see one of these warning lights pop up what would you do? Panic? Pull over? Should you stop right where you are or is it safe to get home and book an appointment at VIP AutoPro?
Check Engine – Flashing vs Solid
The Check Engine Light can mean a multitude of different things but you may not know the difference between a solid indicator light and a flashing one. A check engine light that is lit and solid means that the problem has occurred more than once – most often an emission-related problem and you should get it checked out soon. Sometimes the check engine light will resolve itself, and one common causes is a loose or damaged gas cap. In general, a solid check engine light is not a cause for immediate alarm, but you should get it checked out by a qualified mechanic as soon as you can. A flashing Check Engine Light on the other hand, is a sign of immediate and urgent warning. When this light is flashing, you are actively doing damage to your engine and you should stop driving as soon as it is reasonably safe to do so.
Battery Warning Light
This light, like many others that fit into your instrument panel, appears when you start your car and usually disappears soon after. If it doesn’t though, or if it appears while you are driving, then there could be a problem with your battery, an alternator fault (which is what charges your battery when driving), or a problem with the drive belt system that spins the alternator and in turn charges your battery. In any case, a battery warning light should be taken seriously. No one likes to be stranded anywhere. If your battery is over 3 years old, it may need to be replaced and if not, suspect an alternator problem.
Oil Pressure Warning Light
This is another one of those lights that comes on when you start your car and immediately vanishes. If you ever see this warning light appear when driving though, stop as soon as it is safe to do so and check your oil level. If you are low on oil, just top it up and start the engine again. If this doesn’t make the light go away it could be an indicator that something a more serious problem that one of our Service Technicians at VIP AutoPro can assist you with.
This indicator tells you that there is a problem with your car’s anti-lock braking system. It usually doesn’t mean that you have no brakes but the ABS system is not functioning. While this means that you will be able to stop if you need to, it does mean that in less than ideal road conditions (snow, rain, ice, dust) your vehicle is not operating at its optimum and that is important so get it checked out as soon as possible.
Brake and ABS Warning Light
Should you see this light on by itself, or this one with the ABS Warning Light, stop driving as soon as it is safe to do so. Don’t brake suddenly, just slow down gradually and safely and get some assistance. This light shows that your brake system is not functioning which is both a serious problem and potentially dangerous.
Want to know what the other Warning Lights mean? Give us a call at 519-432-2900 today. Any of our Service Advisors would be more than happy to assist you with the decoding of the dashboard warning lights that your vehicle may have on.
To lighten the spirit though, here are some funny interpretations of those lights: