Those dashboard lights are telling you something. Sometimes they’re telling you to go immediately to a New Orleans area auto repair shop.
Get into the driver’s seat of a newer model car and you might think you’ve mistakenly crawled into the cockpit of a jet airplane. There are switches and buttons galore. And that’s just on the steering wheel. Turn the key and, suddenly, the dashboard springs to life with little lighted symbols that you hope flicker off after you’ve finished starting the engine.
They usually do go off. But sometimes they don’t. And sometimes they flicker on while you’re driving.
“Warning lights on the dashboard are simply that, warnings. If one of the lights stays on after you start your car, you could potentially have a problem and should have your vehicle inspected for needed repairs,” said Rich White, executive director of the nonprofit Car Care Council. “By checking your owner’s manual and learning the meaning of each specific dashboard warning light, you’ll be better prepared to take action if one illuminates.”
The council offers these tips for understanding the seriousness of some of those lights. They’ll help you decide whether you should immediately drive to Twin Tire and Auto Care or if you could put it off until tomorrow so you can go to the penguin feeding at the zoo today:
“Check engine light: The check engine light usually indicates that a vehicle system, such as the ignition, fuel injection or emission control, is not operating properly, even if the vehicle appears to be running normally. A glowing check engine light doesn’t mean you have to immediately pull the car to the side of the road, but it should be inspected as soon as possible. A flashing check engine light requires immediate attention.”
Brake: “An illuminated brake system light could mean the parking brake is on, the brake fluid is low, or there is an issue with the anti-lock braking system (ABS). Check to make sure the parking brake is off and have a professional technician check the brake fluid level and diagnose if there is an ABS issue.”
Tire pressure light: The tire pressure light “indicates that a tire has low air pressure or there could be an issue with the sensor. Tire pressure should be checked immediately.”
Oil: “When the oil pressure warning light stays lit, it indicates loss of oil pressure. Have the oil level and pressure checked immediately.”
Battery: “The battery/charging alert indicates that battery voltage level is below normal and the charging system is not functioning properly. Check battery terminals, alternator belt and battery condition.”
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