Dashboard Warning Lights Can Be A Huge Help To Drivers

Posted by on May 21, 2012 | No Comments

Most of the time, the very first thing we notice when we start our vehicle is the glow of the warning lights on the dashboard that flash for a few seconds. However you may want to have your car’s dashboard checked if the lights stay on even after that short period of time.

You may know about Pierce, Garnett and Allen or Lebron, Wade and Bosh, but this “Big Three” may be more important than you think it is. You will need to monitor these warning lights closely, namely your oil pressure lights, engine coolant lights and vehicle charging lights. Paying attention to these warning lights and taking action when needed can help you ensure yourself of peace of mind, comfort and safety on your next drive.

The engine oil pressure light

You will normally see this light represented by an oil can, or simply the word “OIL.” This means that the engine has lost its supply of pressurized lubricating oil and severe engine damage or catastrophic failure can occur within seconds.

Should you see the oil pressure warning light flashing, then pull over without hesitation, turn off the engine and call AAA for towing so that you can get your vehicle repaired post-haste. The only time you can continue driving is in the event of extreme danger.

Engine coolant temperature

This light manifests itself in the form of the word “TEMP” or a thermometer icon flashing. Seeing this warm glowing light is anything but comforting, as this signifies a potential overheat. The coolant temperature light flashing is a telltale sign your engine may suffer some damage if you keep driving. If the increase in temperature continues, major engine damage or catastrophic failure will result.

The first thing to do when you see the coolant temperature warning light is to relax – and think quickly, albeit clearly. Your engine would probably be leaking if you see liquid coolant emerging from under the hood, or overheating if you see steam instead.

Pull off the road at the first safe opportunity and call for assistance. Boiling coolant is extremely hot and can cause first-degree burns, so do not attempt either to remove the radiator cap or open the hood once you see a huge cloud of steam forming.

Your charging system light

This light commonly displays a battery symbol or the logo “ALT” or “GEN” and means that the electrical system is no longer being supplied with power by the alternator.

Depending on the electrical demands of your vehicle and the reserve capacity of its battery, you will generally have at least 20 minutes of daylight driving time before voltage drops to the point at which the ignition system will no longer function.

If the charging system warning light comes on, turn off all unnecessary electrical accessories and drive to the nearest repair facility to have the vehicle checked.

A yearly Charlotte tune up service helps you achieve ideal car performance and catch potential problems.

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