What do you do when a warning indicator appears on your car’s dashboard? Do you take your car in for servicing or ignore the problem for as long as possible? We’re probably all guilty of putting these things off, especially when money is tight. But ignoring the problem is likely to make it worse and more expensive.

To address the warning lights in your car, it first helps to understand what they mean. Different makes and models will vary slightly, but here are a few key indicators that you should understand. So, the next time a light comes on in your car, you’ll know the best way to react.

Check engine

Your check engine light might come on for a number of reasons. If it illuminates or starts flashing on your dashboard, then you should take your car in for servicing as soon as you can, as the problem may be a serious one. A professional will be able to diagnose the problem and resolve it for you.

Oil pressure

This light warns you of a loss in oil pressure in your car. You should check the oil levels and have your oil pressure checked, as well. You may also see a light indicating that you should change your engine oil if your oil levels become too low.

Engine temperature

This light will come on if your engine starts to overheat. It means you should check your coolant levels and replace them if necessary. If it still remains lit, have a technician check for any other problems causing this.

Brake system

This light indicates a problem with your brake system. The same symbol with “ABS” inside the circle shows a problem with your vehicle’s ABS. You should check your brake fluid levels and then take your car to a professional to identify what the problem is.

Battery

This means that your car battery’s voltage has dropped, indicating that it is not being properly charged. A repair technician will be able to inspect the related parts and diagnose the problem.

Tire pressure

This light indicates either that the pressure in one or more of your tires has dropped, or that there is a problem with the system that monitors tire pressure. You should check your tire pressure or take your car into an auto shop to have your system assessed.

Power steering

This symbol may indicate a problem with your car’s power steering, which can make it more difficult to steer and keep your car under control. Get your steering checked out by a professional as soon as you can.

If your car is displaying a warning light that indicates your car needs attention, then get down to Bill’s Auto Clinic for specialized hybrid car repair and maintenance in Winston Salem, Kernersville, and Walkertown.

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