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Have you ever looked at all of the warning lights when they appear on your dashboard? If you haven’t you should. In fact, any time a warning light comes on, you should be paying attention. Warning lights are trying to give you a head’s up that you may have a potential problem with your vehicle. We understand that warning lights on your dashboard can be a little confusing, so we have a handy guide to help you figure out the more serious ones.
Red Light, Yellow Light, Green Light
If you haven’t really looked at your warning lights, you may notice that on many cars, the dashboard lights come in three different colors. Green lights on your dashboard are an advisory. They represent warnings, such as your ECO drive is on, or you turned off your slip indicator track on your car. These lights are not signaling an emergency situation.
On the other hand, yellow lights on your dashboard tell you that there is a problem with your car. You need to have your car checked out as soon as you can, but your car isn’t going to fall apart if you don’t stop what you’re doing to get it checked immediately. If your headlight indicator light comes on, you may have a problem with one of your headlights. You’ll want to go and get that checked as soon as possible, but it is not an emergency.
However, red lights represent real problems for your car. You’ll need to get these hazards checked immediately, because they represent something wrong that could be hazardous or even dangerous. Here are some of the most important red light warnings you need to know about.
Red Light Warnings
Red light warnings usually mean something is wrong with your engine. For example, if you see a red indicator light that looks like a battery, your car is trying to tell you that there is something wrong with your battery. If this light comes on while you are driving, you need to stop the car immediately and give us a call. Your car may not be getting enough power from the battery, which could cause your car to stall.
If you see an indicator light with a red oil can, this means there is something wrong with the oil pressure in your car. Stop driving it immediately, and check that your car has enough oil. If the oil gauge is low, add oil. If the light is still on after you add oil, you need to have it checked immediately. You need to know that on some cars, this light will be yellow, and it means your car needs an oil change.
When you’re ready for your next car, or you want to get your car serviced, why not give us a call at 941.748.6510. You can also come by and see us on First Street in Bradenton, Florida.