Modern vehicles these days will notify you whenever there are problems that require immediate attention via warning lights. Nonetheless, these warning lights will be pointless in the event that you are unable to interpret what they mean to choose the appropriate course of action. Therefore, it is important that you know and understand the meaning of the different types of warning light indicators!
Brake Warning Light
When your brake warning light indicator turns on automatically, it could mean that your brake fluid level is Low or the brake pads are worn out. The light can also be activated when you’ve engaged the parking brakes.
ABS Warning Light
When you see your ABS warning light flashes, it is an indication that there could be an issue with the anti-lock braking system. In other words, it could be harder for you to abruptly stop your vehicle in an emergency situation. Do take note that if both tour ABS and brake warning lights are on, you should not risk driving your vehicle until the issue is fixed.
Oil Warning Light
The oil warning light will engage when the oil in your engine is lower than recommended. This could be an indication of a serious issue like oil filter blockage or oil pump malfunction. Driving your vehicle while this light is engaged can totally destruct the engine.
Service Engine Light
When you see the little print on your dashboard indicating “service engine”, “service”, “maint reqd” light up, is a reminder that the recommended maintenance schedule is due.
Coolant Warning Light
When you see the coolant warning light, you should pull over immediately, open the hood and wait for your vehicle to cool down. The coolant light tells you that the internal temperature of the engine is beyond the limit and if you continue to drive, you may damage it. Do take note that you should never open the radiator cap when the engine is hot!
Check Engine Light
Also known as the malfunction indicator lamp, this light will let you know whenever the sensors in your engine detect a problem that needs to be fixed. It does not specify the exact issue most of the time but you can consult a mechanic or use an OBD2 scanner to discover the main cause of the issue.\
In the event that there is an issue with your sensors, wiring, or the actual airbag unit, the airbag light will be engaged after you start your vehicle, signifying that the SRS has been disabled and is not operating. Therefore, implying that no airbags will deploy should you have an accident.
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