Car warning lights: Is your car safe to drive

Whether you are a seasoned driver or a new driver, it is always important to ensure that your vehicle is safe for driving.

Your car would most likely notify you of any faults or abnormalities to your car which is what the warning lights on your dashboard are for.

The lights on your dashboard are a way to notify you that a part of your car needs some attention. It is important for you to be aware of what these signs mean and make an informed decision on whether a professional is required to address the issue.

These signs can be confusing for many, so make sure you familiarise yourself with the car’s manual or useful guides like this one created by Lease Car.

Here are some common car warning lights that you might see light up, and what you can do should this start showing up on your dashboard:

Brake System Warning Light

If this light is showing up on your dashboard, it means your brake system isn’t operating normally. If the brake warning light comes on, it may mean that the hydraulic pressure has been lost on one side of the brake system. However, if it stays on continuously, it may suggest a more severe issue, like a leak somewhere in the brake system, which would cause the fluid level in the master cylinder to be dangerously low.

Engine Management Light

The engine management light is one of the first indicators that something is wrong with the engine control unit. This means something is wrong with the car’s system which controls various things from fuel, air mixture and even the ignition timing to make sure your engine operates smoothly. You would require to head to a professional for the issue to be looked at in detail. Once the problem is addressed the engine control unit will require resetting until the engine management light goes off.

Engine Coolant Warning Light

The coolant warning light lights up when your engine is overheating. This is usually a sign that there is a leakage where the coolant passes, like the hose, the water pump or even the radiator. This can be a serious problem and isn’t always an easy fix, so you may want to seek a professional’s help to identify where the issue is and fix it before it does irreversible damage to your engine.

Some of these warning car lights may not be straightforward or easy to interpret at first glance but hopefully this post will help you be more aware of the different warning lights that may show up on your dashboard.

Do you think you know your warning car lights well enough? Test your own warning light knowledge and take the quiz to see how well you do and share your results using the hashtag # WarningLightsTest.

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