Get to know your dashboard lights.

Dash lights are nothing new, but the messages are. The following list of warning lights are the most common lights used by auto manufacturers. Not all warning lights are universal. Always refer to your owner’s manual when you’re not 100% sure what the light indicates.

If you find a warning light has switched on it may indicate a fault in your system somewhere, but cannot pinpoint the exact problem with a general light. Dashboard lights trigger OBD-II error codes in your engine and with the proper code reader you can determine the severity of the issue.

Different colors mean different things and in most cases require different levels of attention. A green or blue-lit symbol is simply informational and tells you how or what system is operating. A yellow or orange symbol means there are some parts that need to be repaired soon at a service center. And the most cautionary of all- the red symbol, indicates there is a serious safety issue or problem that must be addressed immediately.

If a dashboard warning light has switched on and you would like to fix the issue you can visit any of Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers four locations in the Reno and Sparks area to determine what the issue is. We will help you get back on the road quick!

check-engineCheck Engine or Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL): Indicates the engine computer has set a Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC). Usually requires diagnosis with a professional scan tool.

 

 

battery-systemBattery/Charging Alert: Indicates voltage level is below normal level and the vehicle’s charging system is not functioning properly. Check battery terminals, alternator belt, and battery condition.

 

cooling-systemCoolant Temperature Warning: Indicates temperature has exceeded normal limits. Check coolant level, fan operation, radiator cap, coolant leaks.

Transmission Temperature: Transmission is operating at higher than optimum temperature as transmission fluid is hotter than normal. Check transmission fluid level and engine coolant level.

engine-oilOil Pressure Warning: If this light stays lit, it indicates loss of oil pressure. Immediately check oil level and pressure.

Oil Change Reminder: Indicates that oil life has expired. This is monitored by the ECM; the interval can be mileage or a combination of readings taken by the ECM. The reset procedure is listed in the owner’s manual. Some vehicles require the use of special tools to reset the light.

master-warning-lightService Vehicle Soon: Typically indicates a lighting or other electrical problem that is controlled by the BCM (body control module). Check all lights (head lights, turn signals, brake lights, and hazard lights). This symbol may also be used to warn driver of a traction control problem, or a communication problem between modules.

tpms-iconTPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System): Indicates the tire pressure monitoring system has found a tire with low air pressure or there may be a sensor malfunction. Check tire pressure. Some vehicles will allow manual reset of TPMS warning light and others will require professional diagnosis. Refer to owner’s manual.

check-brakesBrake System: Indicates one of three possible conditions: parking brake is on; problem with the braking system/brake fluid is low, or ABS problem. Check brake fluid and make sure the parking brake is fully released. If the problem is in the ABS system, it may need a professional diagnosis.

 

check-absABS Light: Indicates that the Anti-lock Brake computer has set a code and needs professional diagnosis.

 

 

cruise-controlCruise Control: Indicates that cruise control is set during driving.

 

 

esp-faultESP Fault: Indicates that there is a problem with the vehicle’s traction control/anti-skid or electronic stability system.

 

 

bulb-monitoringLight Blulb Out: Indicates that there is an exterior light on the vehicle that is not functioning properly.

 

 

open-doorDoor Ajar: Indicates that a door (including hood and trunk) is not closed. Open and close all doors, including hood and trunk. If vehicle is left in this condition overnight it can drain the battery.

 

check-airbagAirbag Fault: If this light stays illuminated after starting, it indicates that the vehicle has found a fault in the airbag system and the computer has set a code. Professional repair of the supplemental restraint system is highly recommended.

 

windshield-washer-level-lowWindshield Washer Fluid Reminder: Indicates washer fluid is low. Fill washer fluid reservoir. The cap has a symbol that looks like a windshield. Some vehicles have separate reservoirs for front and rear window washers.

 

fog-beamsFog Lamp: Indicates that the vehicle’s front fog lamps are illuminated.

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Our certified technicians at Sierra Car Care are equipped to complete a full range of auto repairs to keep your car in top running condition. Our skilled auto repair technicians are trained to repair most vehicles. We pride ourselves on providing preventative maintenance Reno, NV auto repair services including oil changes, brake replacement and many other Reno, NV auto repair services at affordable prices.

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