Your dashboard displays a lot of important information, including warnings that your car might need to be serviced. These warnings can save you time and money by identifying common problems before they turn into major hazards, but only if you understand what your dashboard warning lights mean.

You should always check your car's manual if you're unsure about the meaning of a particular warning light, but you should probably take your car to the dealership for services if your dashboard displays any of the following warning lights.

Check Engine or Malfunction Indicator Light

This common warning light indicates that your engine computer has set a Diagnostic Trouble Code. This means you'll probably want to have a professional run a diagnostic test with a scan tool.


Battery/ Charging Alert

Indicates your battery voltage level is abnormally low or that the vehicle's charging system is not working correctly.


Coolant Temp Warning

Indicates temperature is above normal limits. This might mean something is wrong with coolant level or fan operation. It could also indicate a coolant leak or faulty radiator cap.


Oil Pressure Warning

This light indicates a loss of oil pressure. This means something isn't right with your oil level and may indicate a leak.


Tire Pressure Monitoring System

This light shows that your tire pressure monitoring system has found that at least one of your tires has low air pressure. It may also indicate a sensor malfunction. You can check with the dealership for proper diagnosis.


Brake System

The brake system light indicates that the parking brake is on, that there is a problem with the breaking system or break fluid, or that there is an ABS problem.


Traction Control

This symbol will light up when your car's traction control/anti-skid or electronic stability system is in use. This usually means that conditions are slippery.


Airbag Fault

This warning light indicates a fault in your airbag system. This usually requires professional services to ensure your vehicle is safe to drive.


While not all dashboard warning lights indicate major problems, they shouldn't be ignored. Taking your car in for service when you see any of these warnings is the surest way to make sure common problems don't turn into dangerous and costly hazards.

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