Every car’s dashboard is fitted with a variety of lights and signs that mean different things depending on what is happening. Not all warning lights mean the same thing, they tend to vary depending on the manufacturer, make and model. To make identifying these symbols easier you should refer to your owner’s manual as it will make it easier for you to understand, identify and address these warning symbols. This post is going to go through some of these warming and identify what they do to help with addressing the issues.
The first thing your notice is the colors, in most cars there are three main colors that are used: green, red and yellow. A red warning light indicates either a potentially severe problem or a safety issue which should be dealt with as soon as possible. In some cases, a red light might also serve as a maintenance reminder to the driver. A yellow (or orange) light is usually a signal that a component needs servicing or repair. If the light flashes continuously it might be an urgent problem that should be addressed immediately. Finally, a green (or blue) light might just be an indication that something is on or running or working as normal.
Engine Temperature Warning Light
When this light comes on, it means that your engine is too hot and is going to overheat if not addressed immediately. If you see this light, you should turn off anything that isn’t essential like the radio or A/C. When you are in a safe spot you should pull the car over and wait for about 20 to 30 minutes before opening the hood. If left unattended an overheated engine can cause the radiator hose to rapture or cause the coolant to steam out.
Tire Pressure Warning Light
This sign means that the pressure in one or more of your tire is too low and needs to be attended to. If you see this light, you can either try to get yourself to a garage or get home and call out a mobile tire fitting team. If you are going on a long journey it might be a good idea to save a car servicing number on your phone.
Oil Pressure Warning
Finally, when you see this light it indicates that your engine is running low on oil and would need to be filled up. It might also mean that there is a problem with your car’s oil pressure system.