What Does the Light on my Dashboard Mean?

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When there’s something wrong with your vehicle, you may be wondering, “What does the light on my dashboard mean?” Each dashboard warning light has a different meaning, and you should know what’s happening in your car, so you stay safe on Peoria streets. You may know the standard check engine or tire pressure warning light, however, with the guide from Ray Dennison Cadillac, learn more about the meaning behind the other dashboard warning lights. If you have questions about your dashboard light, contact the technicians in our service center.



Meaning Behind the Dashboard Warning Lights

Drivers may know the common dashboard warnings, but it’s important to know some of the less common warning signs. Don’t be caught off guard on Morton roads and explore what the lights on the dashboard means:

Engine Related Warning Lights:

  • Coolant Temp Warning – This light comes on when coolant is leaking, the coolant levels are off, or the fan isn’t working properly. 
  • Service Vehicle – Typically, this light means that an electrical issue occurred. 
  • Reduced Power Warning – Drivers who see this light should schedule their service soon as this means some part of the engine is malfunctioning. 
  • Cruise Control – This dashboard warning light stays on, so drivers are aware that the cruise control system is active.

Brake System Related Warning Lights:

  • Brake System – This light is illuminated if there is an issue with the brakes, such as an ABS problem or the brake fluid is too low.
  • Traction Control or ESP – This light will let driver know when their vehicle’s electronic stability system is active. 

Safety & Informative Warning Lights:

  • Security Alert – This alert warns the driver when the door is left ajar or there is a tech malfunction and the ignition switch is locked.
  • Fog Lamp – When the brights are needed on Bloomington streets, this light is there to remind drivers their brights are on.
  • Airbag Fault – Drivers should stop into a service center if this light is illuminated. This typically means that there is a fault in the airbag system.
  • Washer Fluid Reminder – Drivers have a helpful reminder to fill the washer fluid when this warning light is illuminated. 

Tires Related Warning Lights: 

  • Tire Pressure Warning Light The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) is an important system that warns the driver when the tire pressure rating is too high or too low. Check the vehicle’s owner’s manual for the manufacturer recommended PSI and ensure it matches the proper PSI to avoid complications.

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Whether you’re being reminded a system is active or you’re being alerted to a serious problem, learning about what the lights on the dashboard mean is a good way to make sure you’re staying on top of your vehicles’ maintenance. If you’re wondering about any other warning your vehicle is giving you, contact us today and our certified technicians will work to fix your vehicle’s problems.

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