What Are All Those Dashboard Warning Lights?

As we progress further into the age of technology, our autos tell us more about their functions, and when they need help. Of course, any car is going to have a speedometer, odometer, and fuel gauge. Most cars also come with trip meters, and those nifty little readouts that show how much fuel you’re burning.

One of the first things you should do when you get a new car in the Chippewa Valley area is look through the manual to learn what’s on your dashboard, and what it all means.

Dashboard Warning Lights

Although every car’s lights are different, below are some of the most important warning lights you can expect to see on your vehicle, and what they mean.

Check Engine LightThe check-engine light usually indicates a fault related to emissions or other running concerns. Do not ignore this light, and do not take your cue from sitcoms and just tape over it. Get to a mechanic ASAP.

The low fuel light is pretty important. Fuel up immediately when this comes on.

The oil pressure light tells you that your car does not have enough motor oil in it to run safely. Stop at the nearest gas station and add oil, and then get an oil change as soon as possible, and ask your mechanic to check for leaks.

The seatbelt reminder is pretty self-explanatory. It is easily turned off by—you guessed it—putting your seatbelt on.

When the brake system alert light comes on, you should get your car into your mechanic as soon as possible, as driving with failing brakes is one of the most dangerous things you can do.

Temperature WarningThe temperature warning light comes on when your car is overheating. With our long Wisconsin winters, this shouldn’t be a major problem, unless something actually needs to be fixed in your car. A quick fix for this is to pull over and wait until the engine cools off. Putting some antifreeze in your radiator may help, but these are temporary fixes, and you should see your mechanic as soon as possible after this has happened.

The ABS light will come on if there is a problem with your ABS brake system. It may reduce the effectiveness of your brakes in rainy or icy weather. Have the system checked by a mechanic if this light comes on.

Be Prepared

With a new car purchase comes a new insurance policy. At Baldwin Woodville Insurance , we want to make sure you are as safe as possible. If you would like, your Western Wisconsin insurance agent will go through your new owner’s manual with you to figure out what all of the lights mean.