What Your Vehicle Warning Lights Mean

 

Vehicle warning lights can be scary. It's tempting to want to ignore them when they pop up on our dashboard. Fortunately, they aren't as bad as they may seem-they're there to warn us, not spell disaster. Here are the most common ones you're likely to see:

 Check Engine Light - This could mean a number of things. Use a code reader or ask a professional to find out what it means. Common reasons include faulty O2 sensors, faulty spark plugs, a loose gas cap, or a damaged catalytic converter.



 Battery/Charging Alert - This is a warning that your battery's voltage level is below normal. Check the battery condition, alternator belt, and battery terminals, all of which could be causes.




 Oil Pressure Warning - This indicates a loss in oil pressure. Check oil level and pressure as soon as possible. You will most likely need an oil change soon.




 Coolant Temperature Warning - This is a sign that coolant temperature is too high. If this light comes on, stop in a safe area and let the engine cool down. Check that coolant level is where it should be and that there are no leaks. Also check the radiator cap and that the fans are functioning.



 Brake System - This could be one of three things: there's a problem with the ABS, braking fluid is low, or your parking brake is on. Be cautious on the brakes and don't create situations where you will need to suddenly slam on them.



 Tire Pressure Monitoring System - If your car is equipped with a Tire Pressuring Monitoring System, this light warns that one or more tire pressures are too low. Under-inflation leads to increased tire wear and higher fuel consumption.

If you see many of these common alerts, just bring your car into Shults Resale Center and our auto mechanics will take care of the problem for you. Just make an appointment using the schedule service form below or simply give us a call. Thanks for choosing Shults Resale Center for all your auto repair needs! 

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