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What You Should Know About Your Dashboard Warning Lights

The more modern your vehicle, the more advanced (and specific) your dashboard warning lights or onboard display notifications will be. Your vehicle has many different sensors placed strategically throughout different systems such as the engine, exhaust, wheels/tires, brakes, cooling system, airbags, battery, fuel system and transmission.

These sensors are there to let you know when there may be a problem worth getting addressed. Every now and again a sensor can fail, but you will still want to bring the vehicle to an expert to replace that sensor. Otherwise, you run the risk of having a problem that you won’t know about.

Beyond a failing sensor, these warning lights are there for a reason. They are signs that you will probably want to get your car looked at by an expert mechanic who can identify the source of the problem and repair it for you. It should also be understood that some warnings are more important and urgent than others. Let’s take a look at some that you should really keep your eye on.

Check Engine Light

The check engine light can come on for any number of reasons relating to your engine and/or exhaust system. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with your own vehicle’s check engine warning system (you can find info in your owner’s manual), so you know what to do if the light is on. If it is ever flashing or illuminated bright red, those are usually indicators that there is a very urgent problem. In these situations, it is wise to pull over immediately, shut off the engine and call for roadside assistance before something really bad happens.

Oil Pressure Light

Not everybody takes this warning light as seriously as they should. This one also may display in different colors to convey a sense of urgency. If your oil pressure light is ever bright red, it means your car is losing (or has already lost) oil pressure and your engine is in extreme danger. Get off the road as quickly as you can and turn the vehicle off!

Temperature Gauge

If the coolant temperature warning light comes on as you are driving, it means the engine is about to overheat and that’s not good. Again, it’s a good idea to pull over, turn off the car and let it cool down. If the overheating issue persists, then there is likely a problem within your vehicle’s cooling system that you will want to have addressed sooner rather than later.

Other Warning Lights

There are various other lights you may see. You should take the time to study your owner’s manual to familiarize yourself with each one. Some of the other warnings you might see will be tire pressure, battery, transmission temperature, service due, brakes/ABS, seatbelts or airbags.

If any of your dashboard warning lights are on, San Francisco Automotive Solutions is here to help. We can inspect the vehicle and run diagnostic tests to uncover the source of the problem and recommend the proper repairs. Usually, the earlier you address the issue, the less complex (and less expensive) the repairs will be. Call San Francisco Automotive Solutions today at (415) 957-1170 or schedule your service appointment online.

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