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The Warning Lights for Your Vehicle

by | Jun 24, 2016 | Auto Repair, Brake Warning Light, Car Care Tips, Road Trips

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If a dashboard warning light comes on, it is important to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible. This can help to prevent further issues from occurring. If the warning lights start to blink, pull over as soon as it is safe to do so. This can help to prevent a serious issue from forming. It can also reduce the chance of a costly repair bill.


Check Engine Light

 

One of the more difficult lights to locate the issue is the check engine light. This is connected to sensors all over the vehicle. It includes the engine, fuel, and emissions systems as well. When the light illuminates, it could mean one of several things. The first thing you should check is the gas cap. Most vehicles have a pressurized fuel system and vapor recovery loop. If you do not twist the gas cap until it clicks, the fuel system is not sealed. This will not allow it to pressurize and result in the light coming on.

 

Service Engine Light

The service engine light may illuminate, as you are getting closer to a regular maintenance inspection. This can indicate when the engine temperatures, oil temperatures, or air temperatures are less than ideal. It can also come on when it is time for an oil change.

 

Electrical Fault Light

 

This light looks like a picture of a battery. If the alternator becomes faulty, it will not be able to run efficiently. The same is true for if the drive belt snaps. If the light comes on, the longer you drive, the more battery power will be used up.

 

Brake Warning Light

 

When the brake warning light comes on, it is an indication that there is something wrong with the braking system. Make sure to check the owner’s manual of the vehicle to find out the meaning. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you. This is because the brake warning light can serve for multiple issues. If the light comes on, notice any smell of burning brake dust. By bringing the vehicle in as soon as there is an issue, you can help reduce the chance of a costly repair bill in the future.