Understanding Your Vehicle’s Warning Lights and What They Mean With Hinton Dodge
At Hinton Dodge, we prioritize customer satisfaction and aim to provide you with the best vehicle ownership experience possible. On this page, we will guide you through understanding your vehicle’s warning lights and their meanings. We believe that being knowledgeable about your vehicle’s warning lights can help you make informed decisions and ensure the safety and longevity of your vehicle.
Explanation of the Warning Light System
Modern cars have a complex system of warning lights to let drivers know if something is wrong or could go wrong with their cars. Most of the time, these warning lights are on the dashboard and come in different colors and shapes. It’s important to keep in mind that each danger light shows a different problem that needs to be fixed.
Common Warning Lights and Their Meanings
Engine Temperature Warning
The engine temperature warning light, which usually looks like a thermometer or teapot, lets you know that the engine is getting too hot. If this light comes on, you need to stop in a safe place and turn the car off right away. If you keep driving with an engine that is too hot, you could do a lot of damage. Contact us or a professional expert to quickly figure out what’s wrong and fix it.
Oil Pressure Warning
When your engine’s oil pressure is low, the oil pressure warning light, which generally looks like a can of oil or a drop of oil, lets you know. If you don’t fix low oil pressure right away, it can hurt the engine. When it is safe to do so, stop the car and check the oil level. If the oil level is fine and the light is still on, please call us or a qualified technician for help.
Battery Charge Warning
The battery charge warning light, which is usually a battery icon, means that there is a problem with the way the car charges its batteries. It could mean that the generator is broken, that the battery connections are loose or corroded, or that the battery is going bad. If this light comes on, you should have one of our skilled techs check your car’s charging system.
Brake System Warning
The brake system warning light, which usually looks like an exclamation point inside a circle, lets you know that something is wrong with your car stopping system. This warning light could mean that the brake fluid level is low, the brake pads are worn, or there is a more serious problem with the brake system. Make sure you are safe by having our service team check your brakes right away.
Check Engine Warning
The check engine light is one of the most popular warning lights. It looks like an outline of an engine. It means that your car’s engine or pollution control system isn’t working right. Even if the check engine light is on because of something small, it’s important not to ignore it because it could lead to bigger problems. Contact us or make an appointment with one of our tech so we can figure out what’s going on and fix it.
What to Do When a Warning Light Comes On
When a warning light illuminates on your dashboard, it’s natural to feel concerned. However, it’s important to remain calm and take appropriate action.
Some warning lights show small problems that are easy to fix. Pull over safely if the warning light needs to be fixed right away. Pull over to a safe place and turn off the engine.
Refer to Your Vehicle’s Owner’s Manual
Familiarize yourself with the meaning and significance of each warning light.
Assess the Situation
Check for any visible signs of trouble, such as smoke, leaks, or unusual smells. If everything appears normal, proceed with caution.
Contact Us or Schedule an Appointment
No matter how big or small the problem seems, you can talk to our expert team or make an appointment online. We have skilled mechanics who can quickly figure out what’s wrong with your car and fix it.