You car’s dashboard contains different signals. Understanding them is essential to help you manage your car better and also to help you avoid accidents or engine malfunctioning. To give you an overview on the typical car warning indicators, here is a list of some of them and what they are for

Car Warning Indicators

ABS Lights

  • This is also called as “Anti-Lock Brake System”.

  • Joined together with the car’s stability system and traction control, this warning light ensure that your car does not skid out of control especially during wheel slippage or sudden stops. It is able to do so by limiting or controlling your wheels from skidding off the road or suddenly locking up.

Different Warning Indicators of Your Car

  • Why this warning light beams up will depend on the type of car you are handling. Also, there are some cars that do not have this technology yet. To know more on whether your car has this feature, you can check the car’s manual.

Red Oil Light Warning Signal

  • Once this signal light turns on, park your side safely at the side of the road, stop driving and immediately turn off the engine.

Reasons for Lighting of the Red Oil Light Signal:

  • Low engine oil: Check first if the oil is leaking. This would mean that a major leakage has occurred. You can add in some oil. Refer to your manual’s instructions to know how to check the oil gauge or understand the oil pressure sensor.

  • Electrical Issue: If there is no leaking and the car is making ticking or knocking noises, call a towing service to have it towed. This unusual noises could signal internal damage in the engine.

Brake Warning Lights

To avoid these lights from turning on especially during long trips, it is best to check that your car’s brakes are at their best condition. Doing so will help you save more on repair and maintenance costs.

  • Red Brake Warning Light: When this warning light beams, it usually connotes that something is terribly wrong with the vehicle. It could usually mean that there might be leakage in the hydraulic brake fluid. If this happens, check the brakes. Also, check the emergency brake. Usually, this light turns on when this brake is not properly attached. If it feels like something wrong is with it, contact a towing service.

  • Yellow Brake Warning Light: This warning light turns on especially when the brake pad is starting to wear out. This is different from the red brake warning light, since that would mean that your brake is beyond repair. Once this signal turns on, it is best to drive to the nearest mechanic and have it repaired, since driving on a wearing brake pad can cause more damage to it, thus increasing repair costs.

Tire Pressure Warning Signal:

  • This light will turn on when your car’s tires are losing air. This is made possible because specific sensors are installed in various parts of the car that allows it to moniror the tires’ pressure.

oil pressure sensor

Low Coolant Light

  • This signal is important in detecting when the level of your coolant decreases. You would know when this happens when you will notice an increase in temprerature.

  • There could be two reasons for this: there is a leakage in the coolant system or that there is faulty wiring in the warning lamp circuit.

  • When this light turns on, you can still drive it. Check whether there is leakage in the coolant system. If it does, then again, call a towing service. However, if the engine starts to overheat, stop driving and let the engine cool down first.

Aside from the aforementioned above, there are other types of warning light indicators– depending on your car’s model or type. Check the manual to know more about them and how to respond come emergencies or vehicle malfunctioning.