A Warning Light Appeared on my Dashboard - What Does it Mean?

Most modern vehicles are equipped with intelligent computer systems that keep track of your vehicle's operation. If something goes wrong, your vehicle will let you know by illuminating a warning light on your dashboard. This will indicate that it has detected an issue with a system, depending on what warning light has turned on. Lets look at some of the most important warning lights and what they indicate. 

  • ABS warning light - this is the anti-lock braking system warning light, which means that there is something wrong with this system. The ABS system helps to keep your wheels from locking up when you brake hard.
  • Airbag warning light - tells you that one or more of your airbags is malfunctioning. 
  • Battery warning light - this shows that your battery or a component of the starting or charging system is faulty.
  • Brake system warning light - your vehicle has detected an issue with your brakes. 
  • Check engine light - an issue has been detected with a component within the engine and computer diagnostics will be necessary. 
  • Oil change warning - you're due for an oil change. 
  • Oil pressure warning - your oil pressure is low, either due to a leak or a problem with the cooling system.
  • Temperature warning light - your engine is overheating and the temperature is too high.
  • Tire pressure warning light - your tire pressure is too low based on your vehicle's factory recommendations.

If you do see a warning light turn on, don't panic. Just bring your vehicle into the experts here at Dempster's Quality Car Care and we will do our part to ensure that the proper issue is identifed and that you get back on the road with a safe vehicle. 

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