Common Dashboard Warning Lights

Common Dashboard Warning Lights

When the low fuel indicator or the maintenance light on your vehicle’s dashboard comes on, most people typically know to either head to a gas station or make an appointment for an oil change with their local auto shop. However, there are so many more dashboard warning lights that many of our customers aren’t always aware of. When you’re in a pinch and don’t have time to check your owner’s manual, we’ve got you covered.

Check out our list of common dashboard warning lights below to find out more about what each one means and what you can do to settle the issue it’s indicating.

Oil Pressure Light

When this light comes on while driving, it means that there is something wrong with the oil pressure system in your vehicle. Usually, it indicates that your car is either low on oil or the pump isn’t functioning properly. Either way, you should make an appointment immediately to have this system inspected because if the light is on to due a low oil pressure condition, it can cause immediate and fatal damage to your engine.

Engine Temperature Warning

When this light comes on, you should immediately address it, because it indicates that your engine is overheating. This can cause your car to break down which can be dangerous for both you and other drivers.

Tire Pressure Warning

Maintaining consistent levels of air pressure in your tires is vital, so when this light comes on, you know that one or more tires has levels of pressure that are either too low or too high. By addressing this issue soon after the light turns on, you can ensure that your tires are going to keep you safe while driving and avoid causing any more damage to your vehicle.

Battery Alert

When your battery light turns on, it indicates that something is wrong with your vehicle’s battery. If this is the case, you may also notice that your interior lights, such as your clock and your cabin lights, are becoming more dim. However, it can also indicate other issues within your vehicle’s systems including a loose cable or a broken alternator belt, so it’s important to see a mechanic to inspect your vehicle right away upon seeing this light.

Traction Control Light

In snowy Arlington Heights, this light is helpful especially during inclement weather, as it indicates that the traction control system within your vehicle has been activated. This occurs when the system detects a wheel that is losing traction so it can apply the brake until all wheels are working together again. 

Anti-Lock Brake Warning

Your anti-lock brakes are crucial for keeping your vehicle’s tires in contact with the road. If something in the system is malfunctioning, this light will appear and should be addressed immediately by a mechanic. 

Security Light

If your vehicle has an anti-theft system, you will probably notice this light blinking when the vehicle is locked, which indicates that the system is working as it should. However, if this light stays on, it usually means that something in the system is malfunctioning, and you should visit a shop soon before it causes a major inconvenience down the line.

Fog Lamp Indicator

It’s important to be aware of the headlight setting you use while driving so that others are safe on the road. If you notice this particular dashboard light on while driving at night or in the rain, this indicates that your fog lights are turned on. You should only use these lights when your visibility is limited to 100 meters due to fog or other intense weather conditions. Otherwise, they impair the visibility of other drivers and create an unsafe environment on the road.