Your vehicle’s dashboard has several lights that turn on when there is an issue with your car. Because modern vehicles contain more technology and features than ever, there can be multiple reasons why a particular dashboard light turns on, making it hard to figure out which part of your vehicle is having problems. If even one of these lights turns on while you are driving, it can be a cause for alarm. When it comes to auto diagnostics, it is important to have an expert on your side when one or more of your dashboard lights turns on. We at Auto Tech Service Center in Conyers are those auto repair experts.
What do all the lights on my dashboard mean?
Here is a brief explanation of what each of your dashboard lights means:
- Oil Pressure Light
This light means there is an issue with your car’s oil pressure system. There is either not enough oil in your vehicle or your oil pump isn’t circulating enough fluid to lubricate the surfaces inside your vehicle properly.
- Tire Pressure Warning Light
This light signals that the pressure in one or more of your tires is either too high or too low. Driving with tires that have low or high pressure can cause further damage to your vehicle, so it is important to get this issue resolved as soon as possible.
- Engine Temperature Warning
If you see this light pop up, it means that your engine is overheated. This most likely has to do with your antifreeze (also called coolant), but it can happen for other reasons. It’s important to address this immediately to avoid further damage.
- Traction Control Light
This indicates that your vehicle’s traction system control is activated. The traction control system uses your anti-lock brake system to determine if one wheel is spinning faster than another. If it detects that a wheel is slipping, it applies the brakes until it regains traction. This is most helpful if you are driving in rain or snow.
- Anti-Lock Brake Warning Light
This light means that something is wrong with your vehicle’s anti-lock brake system. Anti-lock brakes keep your vehicle in contact with the road safely, so it is important to get this problem checked out as soon as possible.
- Traction Control Malfunction
This light indicates that your vehicle’s traction control system might have a broken or damaged sensor, or some other malfunction.
- Check Engine Light
This light could mean a number of things, such as a loose fuel cap, a problem with your transmission, overheating or low oil pressure, or something else. If the light is steady, it is usually not a cause for immediate alarm (but you should bring your vehicle into an auto repair shop as soon as you can). If the light flashes, however, this indicates a very serious problem and you should stop driving immediately.
- Battery Alert
This symbol indicates that there is an issue with your vehicle’s battery. However, the issue may not be with the charging system itself. It could indicate that you have a loose or damaged battery cable, or that your alternator belt is broken. If the problem is your battery, you’ll start to notice that your clock is fading or your headlights are dimming. If you wait too long, your vehicle can completely conk out. This is what has happened when you see fellow drivers “jumping” each other’s cars.
- Washer Fluid Indicator
This light means that you are low on washer fluid and should get a refill as soon as you can.
If one or more of your dashboard lights is on, you can bring your car to Auto Tech Service Center in Conyers for an efficient and accurate diagnosis on what the issue with your vehicle is. We can also perform the appropriate services your vehicle needs.
Your Trusted Shop for Auto Diagnostics
If something is wrong with your vehicle and/or one or more of your dashboard lights turns on, don’t hesitate to bring your car into Auto Tech Service Center in Conyers today. We hire technicians who understand the root causes of your auto issues and who use the latest tools and technology to quickly assess the problem with your vehicle. We’ve been fixing cars since 1990 and have a commitment to customer service. Here are some reasons why you should choose us:
- We exercise reasonable care for the customer’s property while it is in the shop’s possession.
- We are dedicated to customer satisfaction.
- We cover Parts and Labor on Qualifying Repairs and Services for 24 Months/24,000 Miles.
Don’t ignore any issues with your car, bring it to our experts at Auto Tech Service Center in Conyers. Schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at 770-922-1480.