We’ve all been there. You’re driving along, ABBA’s greatest hits blaring from your stereo, without a care in the world, and then all the sudden, one of the Vehicle Warning Indicators lights up on your dash.
Now you have a couple of options. You could place a small square electrical tape over the icon. Out of sight, out of mind. But then you’d be ignoring a really great preventative maintenance tool from workings its magic. Instead, why not learn what all they mean?
- Service Engine – This light indicates that a routine maintenance task is due. It could also indicate an urgent issue with your engine.
- Tire Pressure – One or more of your tires are low. Find a safe place to pull over and check the tires.
- Battery – This light means that your battery may be dead or your alternator might be faulty. Take your vehicle to a car parts store. Most will check your battery for free.
- Coolant Temperature Warning – If your coolant temperature is rising, it might mean a faulty thermostat. It likely means a coolant leak, like from a ruptured hose.
- Oil Pressure Warning – Your engine has low oil pressure. This is likely due to the fact that you’ve burnt off a significant amount of oil or there is a leak. Check the oil level immediately.