Your vehicle is designed with a system that helps you stay on top of vehicle care. The Vehicle Warning Indicators are many and diverse in order to keep up with all of the various components on your vehicle. The following are some of the more common indicators you may encounter:
If you notice that your dash warning lights come on, there are some important things to know. Some lights may be more important than others, which makes is essential for you to understand what they mean. In addition to checking your owner’s manual, you can also read on to learn more about dash warning lights.
Warning Lights: The Basics
To begin with, service indicator lights often appear briefly when your vehicle turns on. This is nothing to worry about as long as they don’t remain on. Many models use a color-coded system to let you know how important the warning light is:
Blue/Green – this is a normal system that is simply turned on or off. It includes high beams, overdrive, cruise control, and more.
Yellow/Light Orange – these lights are often important, and they should be fixed as soon as you can take your car to a mechanic. This includes the check engine light among others.
Red/Dark Orange – you may need to stop driving and pull over to a safe place. Some lights that flash red, including the brake-failure lights, can mean that you are in serious danger.
Some vehicles may vary depending on the model type, year, and manufacturer. Again, be sure to check the owner’s manual for specific information.
Types of Warning Lights
Service indicator lights are used to represent a broad range of possible issues. Below are some of the most common lights:
Check Engine – this light is fairly broad. It simply means that the engine computer has set a diagnostic code. It can be emissions related, a loose gas cap, or an engine misfire among other things.
Oil Pressure – the oil-pressure light indicates that you are either low on oil or there is a leak.
Battery – this small red battery means there is an issue with the electrical system. It can be a dead battery, faulty wiring, or a bad alternator among other things.
Engine Temp – this light means there is an issue with the cooling system. Be careful around hot engines, as steam can cause severe burns.
Traction Control – this light appears when traction control is turned off completely, or if the system is activated by wheel slippage.
These are just some of the most common lights. If you notice service indicator lights that come on, be sure to bring your vehicle to Pantili Mitsubishi.