Dashboard warning lights are your vehicle’s way of communicating that it has self-diagnosed an issue. Having a clear understanding of the most common dashboard lights and what they indicate will help you know what to do and how to react the next time one comes on in your vehicle.
Check Engine Light
Any problem with your engine will be communicated through the Check Engine light, which shows a symbol that looks like a car engine and often includes the words “Check Engine.” If this light is steady, it indicates a problem that’s not urgent but is still important to service. If this light is flashing, it means you should pull over as soon as possible — there’s an urgent problem that could seriously damage your engine, and it needs to be fixed immediately.
Engine Coolant Temperature Light
A thermometer will light up in the event that your engine is overheating. Immediately pull over and turn off your engine if you see this light, as an overheating engine can cause extensive damage. Call for a tow truck and take your car to trained technicians for prompt service.
Engine Oil Pressure Light
A red or yellow oil-can dripping oil will illuminate if your vehicle detects that its engine oil pressure is too low, which can cause your engine to wear down or seize up. Changing your oil on a regular and manufacturer-recommended basis is the best way to prevent this issue from arising.
Here at Schwan Buick GMC Cadillac in Mandan, North Dakota, we’re well equipped to handle any of your vehicle’s maintenance needs. If one of your dashboard lights illuminates and you’re not sure why, give us a call and we’ll help you solve the problem.