Common Dashboard Warning Lights | Woodbridge, VA 

When an indicator suddenly lights up on your dashboard, it can be a scary moment. What does it mean? What should you do? Did something break? Dashboard warning lights can vary greatly, so we've put together a list of the most common ones below to help you decide what to do next.

Check Engine Light

One of the most common dashboard warning lights, the Check Engine Light is also, unfortunately, one of the least specific types of indicators. That's because engine issues are incredibly diverse, so it could be something as minor as a loose gas cap and something as major as loss of compression. The best thing you can do is visit the dealership to identify and resolve the issue - especially if the light is red rather than orange.

Engine Temperature Light

Resembling a thermometer, the engine temperature light indicates that the engine is overheating. This can have disastrous consequences if you continue driving. Pull over, turn off the engine, and wait for the engine to cool off. Overheating can be caused by a number of issues so you should get your car to a service center as soon as possible.

Tire Pressure Warning Light

Virtually all new cars come with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System that detects when a tire loses pressure. Underinflated tires are unsafe to drive on, as they unbalance the vehicle's handling. Low tire pressure also leads to excess wear-and-tear as well as reduced fuel economy.

ABS Warning Lights

This indicator is easy to identify as it usually spells out the letters "ABS." If something is wrong with the anti-lock braking system, you may struggle to slow down on slippery roads as well as lose overall stopping power in emergency braking situations.

Engine Oil Pressure Light

If oil is not properly circulating throughout the engine, the Engine Oil Pressure Light may come on. It can be caused by low oil levels as well as a deficient oil pump, among other things. This is definitely not an issue you want to wait to fix, as it will lead to engine damage and loss of performance.

If you see a dashboard warning light appear in your car, the best thing you can do is schedule a service appointment at Lustine Toyota in Woodbridge, Virginia. We'll identify what the problem is and, with your approval, take the necessary steps to restore your car to good health.


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