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5 Most Important Warning Lights on Your Dashboard

So, you are enjoying a beautiful ride on the freeway, and then a warning light suddenly illuminates the dashboard. Mostly, these lights are accompanied by a beep and a sinking sensation in your stomach, probably because you are not sure what the light means or what you are supposed to do. Your vehicle's dashboard lights have numerous symbols which light up every time you hit the start key but go off almost immediately. So what do you do when one remains, on-and what does it mean? In that case, you must get your car checked out, even when it feels totally fine to drive.

Most Common Car Warning Lights

Engine Temperature Warning Light

This symbol is a red flag for an overheating engine. It mostly indicates an issue with the engine coolant (antifreeze), among other problems. It would be best to drop by an auto repair shop immediately after this symbol pops up to avoid further serious damages.

Tire Pressure Warning Light

The TPMS warns you when your tire is under or over-inflated. Driving with improperly inflated tires is downright dangerous as it interferes with braking and cornering and can cause further damages to your vehicle. Be sure to drop by repair show diagnostics, recommendations, and repair.

Check Engine Light

Your vehicle's engine light can indicate a simple problem such as a loose or missing gas cap or an impending danger such as engine misfires. You should first pull over and inspect the gas cap and other systems. A flashing warning light indicates danger and, as such, should be addressed immediately.

Low Fuel Indicator

This symbol warns you that your tank is running low. Be sure to drop by a gas station for a refill even when you don't have a long way to go. Who knows how traffic or weather will turn out?

Battery Warning Light

It alerts you when something is wrong with the charging system. It can also indicate a problem with the alternator. Usually, battery problems are accompanied by blinking headlights and a fading clock. If not timely addressed, your car will ultimately cock-out, leaving you stranded by the roadside.

As soon as you notice any of the warning signs listed above, we invite you to bring your vehicle to our auto repair shop today! 

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