A quick look at your auto’s dash, and you will see a myriad of lights. Some of them we quickly identify- turn signals, MPH, fuel level indicators, seatbelts, etc.  But other lights that might not be so common will come on. These less common lights indicate problems or potential problems with your vehicle.

Important Lights on Your Dashboard

LightsThe Oil Pressure Light

For the engine to work, it must have oil. Damage occurs if the oil is low, too hot, or not moving throughout the engine. When you see this oil lamp-shaped light come on, it’s not to remind you to look for a genie. Instead, you need to make an appointment with your mechanic. And while no part of your car lasts forever, you can take steps to keep this light from coming on. One of the best proactive steps is using synthetic motor oil from Lifetime Oil. AMSOIL provides better engine protection, allowing you to go longer between oil changes.

 Battery Light

This light appears when the battery can’t charge the alternator or electrical elements. It happens if your battery is old, the temperature is colder than usual, or you have not driven your vehicle in six or more months. If this light comes on, a visit to the mechanic is wise.

Check Engine Light

This usually shows up as verbiage stating, “check engine.” It often indicates a severe problem with the transmission or the catalytic converter. However, there are occasions where the light merely means that the gas cap is loose, or you have faulty gasoline. This is an excellent time to pull out the owner’s manual and see what other factors the light may be warning you about.  If you can’t determine what might be the cause, talk to a mechanic.

Brake Light

We depend on the brakes to stop as needed. If this light brightens your dash, it can be a warning that the brakes are not aligned. But it may also be a warning to replace the brake pads, add brake fluid, or that you have a damaged sensor. Having a damaged sensor may seem unimportant. But if the sensor is not functioning correctly, you won’t know of other potential brake issues.

Tire Pressure Warning

Every car’s tires should meet a specific air pressure level. Keeping this at the proper level ensures your vehicle has better road traction. This light might not seem crucial. However, ignoring it can lead to unsafe tires in bad weather conditions such as rain, sleet, or snow.

Ignoring these assorted dash lights is not wise. They could indicate something simple or signal something far more concerning. If you are unfamiliar with the various lights, now is a good time to review your owner’s manual.