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5 Most Important Warning Lights on Your Dashboard

Motorists should not ignore the following five warning lights once triggered, as doing so could have dire consequences.

Engine temperature light

The engine temperature light is triggered when the temperature climbs above a safe level. The engine may be overheating, the cooling mechanisms have failed or the car's computer has misinterpreted a fault in the engine temperature sensor.

If this light comes on, you should pull over, turn off the ignition and consult a mechanic.

Oil pressure light

Oil is an essential component of an engine as it lubricates the many moving parts. The oiling system depends on steady oil pressure to get oil to the parts, and it may be disrupted if the oil becomes dirty or after an oil pump or filter failure.

In the event of an oil pressure problem, you should stop and shut off the car immediately.

Battery charging light

An illuminated battery charging light can indicate that the battery is weak or that the alternator has failed.

If the battery light comes on, you should drive straight home or to a garage to assess the issue as you run the risk of the car not starting again if you turn it off.

Brake warning light

The brake warning light may indicate that the parking brake is engaged while driving, suggest a low brake fluid level that should prompt you to look for a leak, or it could mean that your brake pads are worn and need replacement.

Once the brake light comes on, you should check that the parking brake is disengaged, check your car's brake fluid level, and have a look at your car's brake pads.

Check engine light

The check engine light is the most confusing light of all as it illuminates for many reasons. The possibilities are endless and could range from a minor electrical fault to a debilitating engine issue.

Regardless of the warning light or cause, it is always a safer bet to have any potential issue investigated by a mechanic. If you need warning light repair, we invite you to bring your vehicle to our auto repair shop today!


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