One of the most important things when it comes to owning and operating a vehicle is understanding the various warning light indicators. Knowing what part of your car each sensor belongs to can help should your car experience any issues.
Warning Indicator Lights
- Check Engine Light- this sensor detects various issues within your cars motor. Sensors are connected to an OBD-II interface that can interpret over 4,00 different codes. Should this light come on it is best to have your car looked and hooked up to a OBD-II scanner that read the different problem codes.
- Brake Warning Light- This light can mean many different things. Your parking brake may be engaged , brake fluid levels could be low, or there could be an issue with your cars brakes. Check your cars owner manual for what it may mean and don’t hesitate to have it checked out by a professional mechanic should it not be one of the simple fixes. Brakes are VERY important when it comes to driving!
- ABS Warning Light- This is your anti lock brake indicator light. This system keeps your car stable and prepared should you have to slam on your brakes or come to a sudden stop. If this light comes on it is advised that you take it to your nearest auto mechanic shop. This is an extremely important part of your cars braking system
- Coolant Warning Light- If this indicator light comes on your car is probably already overheating. Pull over and open your hood allowing the engine to cool down. Once the engine is cooled you can remove the radiator cap to chcl levels. Removing the ca before the engine is cooled is VERY DANGEROUS! It is a highly pressurized system and the heat of the engine causes great pressure.
- Oil Warning Light- This light generally comes on when your vehicle’s oil pressure is low. Should this light appear it is advised that you stop and immediately check your oil level. Driving with low oil or possibly no oil can cause severe engine damage and VERY costly repairs. The oil warning light can also indicate oil pump failure, oil filter and strainer issues as well. It is best to have things assessed by a professional.
While there are other warning lights to be aware of and understand, we feel these are the top 5 to really understand. When it comes to your vehicle if you just don’t know what is going on, it is best to pull over and seek roadside assistance and take your car to the nearest auto mechanic. The worst thing you can do is attempting to drive your car when something is wrong within the engine or its other components. You can save yourself a lot of unneeded repair costs if you air on the side of caution.