Dashboard lights and their importance
It's a common occurrence when driving your car: a dashboard light pops on. Some of these indicators are more important than others. Here are the top 6 dashboard lights except for the seatbelt and airbag lights.
1. Battery: if this light goes on, your battery or alternator may be malfunctioning. Get it checked immediately before getting stranded.
2. Brake light: lets you know your emergency brake is engaged or fluid is low. Best to get it checked before damage is caused.
3. Electronic stability: indicates that your car's computer isn't helping keep the car stable in emergency situations. Check to see if your traction control is still activated. If it is, drive immediately to your repair shop.
4. Emissions control/engine light: first, check to make sure your gas cap is screwed on properly. This light could literally mean 100 different things including a bad oxygen sensor or a problem with your engine compression. This will require a mechanical diagnosis. If the light is flashing/blinking, do not drive your car.
5. Engine oil level: your oil levels are low either by an overdue oil change or your car is leaking oil or consuming oil. Either way, it's time to stop at the shop.
6. Tire pressure: this light indicates a change in tire pressure. Tires lose pressure in the cold which might be affecting the sensor, or you might have a screw in the tire or the sensor is faulty.
If you are unsure what your dashboard light is trying to tell you, stop by Lance's Superior Auto. We will run a diagnostic test to assess the problem.
Lance's Superior Auto Service
30775 SW Boones Ferry Rd, Suite D, Wilsonville, OR 97070