Most cars these days have many computers to help them operate. One of the things that the computers help with is to alert the driver when there is a problem. This is done through vehicle warning lights. When drivers see a warning light come on, they should not panic, but instead appreciate that the car is giving them knowledge.
Understanding vehicle warning lights is the first step to understanding what your car is trying to tell you. Here are some common warning lights and their meanings.
Brake System. There are three different things indicated by this light. There could be a problem with the ABS, the braking fluid is low, or your parking brake is on. Allow extra time and distance for stopping when this light is on.
Oil Pressure Warning. Check your oil level as soon as possible, as this indicates a low oil pressure. It is recommended to get an oil change quickly after this warning light appears.
Battery Alert. This warning indicates that your battery’s power is below normal. When this light appears, you should check the battery condition and terminals. Look over the alternator belt and check the power level of the battery.
Check Engine Light. This could mean a variety of things and needs a code reader to figure out the exact cause. Common reasons for this light include bad spark plugs, a loose gas cap, faulty O2 sensors, or a damaged catalytic converter.
Coolant Temperature Warning. If this light comes on, pull over to let your engine cool down. This light means that your coolant temperature is too high. Check your coolant level and that the radiator cap and fans are functioning.
Tire Pressure Alert. Some cars have a tire pressure monitoring system, which will alert you when one or more tires have too low of pressure. You will want to check your tires when this alert appears.
If you see these alerts or any other warning lights, do not panic and do not ignore them. They are there to warn you and prevent further problems. Bring your car into Crown Kia of Longview and we will figure out the problem and take care of your car.