Dashboard warning lights are color coded to distinguish their level of importance. Typically green, amber and red are used. If a red light comes up on the dashboard, it means it is a serious issue. You need to stop the car as soon as it’s safe and seek assistance. An example would be a low engine oil or coolant warning light. An amber warning light is not safety critical but does mean that something is wrong and needs your attention as soon as possible. An example would be a blown bulb warning light. Green dashboard lights are not really warning lights in the true sense of the word, they just signify something is on – like your headlights or cruise control.
Coolant keeps your engine nice and cool but when it gets too hot you will see the coolant light or symbol appear. You will also see this light if your coolant level drops too low. Some manufacturers such replace the temperature gauge and use this symbol to indicate the engine is cold when blue, turns off when it’s at operating temperature is reached and goes red when the engine is overheating. Sometimes it can be as simple as bleeding the coolant system and adding new coolant to your vehicle.
The ABS light means that you have a problem with the Anti-Lock Braking System. This warning light can display for a number of braking system faults and to pinpoint the exact issue you may need to get the plugged in and have its fault codes read. Issues can range from a faulty sensor to the A.B.S pump needing replacement. On some vehicles, it’s also a sign to say you need to replace your brake pads if they have a wear sensor installed. Your brakes may not function correctly if this light is showing and it needs immediate attention.
The ‘check engine’ light is one of the most commonly seen dashboard warning lamps as it lights up for any faults related to your engine or exhaust system. Depending on the issue, the car may still drive perfectly but you should get it diagnosed as soon as possible. Sometimes turning the car off and back on can reset the system and cause the light to turn off. Also the check engine light sometimes illuminates if the gas cap is not on tight enough. No matter what warning light you notice, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you.