Know the Warning Lights in Your Car and Their Meaning

December 15th, 2016 by

If you look on your dashboard, you don’t want to see any one of the number of warning lights appear. That means you need to visit a service center or get it checked out, because it’s a sign that something isn’t right in your vehicle. Here at Rockwall Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM, we’ve highlighted a few of the common ones, so you have knowledge of what they mean.

  • Check engine light: This is the light that looks like an engine. When it comes on, you should make sure you stop in to a service center as soon as you can, as it could be a variety of issues, ranging from a loose gas cap to replacement of spark plugs, catalytic converter, and oxygen sensor.
  • Reduced power warning: This also looks like an engine, but has a downward arrow in the middle of it. With this, it’s indicating that your engine computer has limited power output. Again, stopping into a service center right away is the best course of action.
  • Tire pressure monitoring system: This warning light is an exclamation point inside a tire, which is shape more like a horseshoe. It’s pretty straightforward, the tire pressure in one of your tires is low, and needs to be brought back to optimal levels. You can do it by putting air in your tires with a gauge if you’re comfortable with that, or again, seek out a service professional.
  • Brake system: This light is an exclamation point in a circle with two brackets around it. It could mean that your parking brake is on while you’re driving and you need to move it to the off position, or it could mean that the braking system or brake fluid is low, or your ABS has an issue. Check your parking brake first, and if the light is still on, seek out a professional diagnosis.
  • Oil pressure warning: This is an oil can light, and when it stays lit, that means you have a loss of oil pressure, and you should immediately check your oil level and pressure.

You can learn more by stopping in to see us at our service center in Rockwall, where we’d be happy to set up an appointment today.

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