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Dashboard Warning Lights

Have you ever seen a dashboard warning light and not know what it means? Don’t worry, we have compiled a list of common Dashboard warning lights to help you.

Have you ever seen a dashboard warning light and not know what it means?

Don’t worry, we have compiled a list of common Dashboard warning lights to help you.

 

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Check Engine:

When the check engine light comes on, this normally indicates there is an issue with your engine or with the sensors around the engine. You will need to go to a mechanic or dealership. The mechanic will have to plug in a diagnostic tool to read the error that generated the engine warning light. 

 

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Battery/Charging Alert:

This light will alert you to possible charging system malfunction. There are only a few components when it comes to charging. There is the Alternator, Alternator Belt, Battery, cables, fuses and terminals. Normally you can inspect this yourself,

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Coolant Temp Warning:

This light will alert you to possible overheating of the coolant which will mean that your engine will be overheating. Stop the car immediately and check if there is fluid in the coolant reservoir. If there is, call a tow truck, do not attempt to drive further as this could result in complete engine failure.

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Oil Pressure Warning:

This light will alert you too possible oil pressure loss. Stop the car immediately and look under the car to see if there is any oil leaking, check the dipstick to see oil levels. Recommended that you do not drive until a mechanic has looked at your car.

 

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TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System):

This light indicates the tire pressure monitoring system has found a tyre with low air pressure or there may be a sensor malfunction. Check tyre pressure. Some vehicles will allow manual reset of TPMS warning light. 

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Brake System:

This light indicates one of three possible conditions: hand brake is on; problem with thee brake or the brake fluid is low, or there is an ABS problem. Check the brake fluid and make sure the hand brake is fully down. See a mechanic if the light stays on.

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ABS Light:

This light Indicates that the ABS unit is malfunctioning, you will need to see a mechanic to fix it.

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Cruise Control:

This light notifies that cruise control is activated

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ESP Fault:

This light alerts you that there is a problem with the car’s traction control/anti-skid or electronic stability system.

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Security Alert:

This light alerts you about a malfunction in the security system.

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Lamp Out:

This light notifies you that a globe either in the front or rear of the vehicle is malfunctioning and needs replacing

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Traction Control or ESP:

This light will notify you when the vehicle's traction control/anti-skid or electronic stability system is in use. This happens in wet or slippery condition when the Traction Control has been engaged to stabilise the car

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Door Ajar:

Indicates that a door, boot or bonnet is not closed or closed correctly. 

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Airbag Fault:

If this light stays on after you have started the car means that the airbag is malfunctioning or the connection to the airbag is loose. You will need to take the car to the dealership to get this repaired.

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Washer Fluid Reminder:

This light notifies you that the windscreen washer fluid is low.Open the bonnet, look for a similar logo on the cap of the reservoir and fill with water. Some vehicles have separate reservoirs for front and rear window washers.

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Fog Lamp:

This light notifies you that the fog lights are switched on.

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Glow Plug (Diesel):

This light alerts you that the engine's glow plugs are warming up and the engine should not be started until this light goes out. Only applies to Diesel fuelled vehicles.

 

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