Common Dashboard Warning Lights

Common Dashboard Warning Lights 

It's scary when a warning light comes on your dashboard, but it's even worse if you don't know what the light means. Here are some of the most common dashboard warning lights, how to recognize them, and what to do about them.

Check engine light: Usually represented as a picture of an engine block, the check engine light can indicate a wide range of problems, ranging from minor to serious in nature. If your check engine light comes on, bring your vehicle into Mountaineer Lincoln as soon as possible for a diagnostic.

Temperature warning light: This one looks a bit like a hair comb on a boat in the ocean, and it means your engine is overheating. If you see this light come on, pull over right away and turn the engine off to avoid causing major damage.

Tire pressure warning light: If your tire pressure is low, you'll probably see a light like a horseshoe with an exclamation point inside. Use a pressure gauge to identify the tires with low pressure and add air where necessary and in accordance with your owner's manual. This will improve your tire traction and fuel economy, and it should cause the light to go off once you start driving again.

Oil pressure warning: A symbol that looks like an oil can indicate low oil pressure, which can mean an issue with your car's oil pressure system or low oil. Put fresh oil in as soon as possible, as oil is necessary to keep your engine running smoothly.

Battery alert: A bad charging system can make this symbol light up. It's easy to recognize, as it just looks like a battery with a plus sign and minus sign on either side. It could have to do with an issue with your alternator belt, the battery terminals, or the condition of the battery in general.

Brake system light: An exclamation point inside a circle inside another broken circle indicates a problem with your braking system. Check your parking brake - if that's off, you might have low brake fluid.

ABS light: This one looks the same as the brake system light but with "ABS" in the circle instead of an exclamation point. Something is wrong with your anti-lock brakes, and it needs to be brought into Mountaineer Lincoln for diagnosis.

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