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What Do Your Dashboard Warning Lights Mean?

By Bill Jacobs Auto | 05/10/2013 at 4:28 PM
Check Engine Light

The check engine light is one of the most common dashboard lights and can mean a variety of things.

You’re driving peacefully, humming along with the radio, and all of a sudden you see one of the dashboard warning lights illuminate in your peripherals. You glance over, analyze the light, and realize you have no idea what it means. Is your car minutes from exploding or is your gas cap not on tightly? Dashboard lights might mean a variety of things, some obvious and others complicated, and there are a few tell-tale signs to determine the severity of the light and what you need to do moving forward.

Color of the Light

The color of the light is a good indicator of how critical the issue is. If the light is blue or green, it is not a severe issue and can often be an option in use, such as cruise control. If you see a red, orange, or yellow light, which often points to a failure to a system, that likely means a minor component needs replacing or there is an issue that should be taken care of in the immediate future. In either case, this color means you should bring your vehicle to a Joliet service center for a look from one of our certified technicians.

Auto Service

An illuminated dashboard light might mean you need auto service before it is safe to drive your vehicle.

Flashing Lights

Blinking and flashing lights are designed to catch your attention faster because it usually points to a more serious issue. While you may have heard of people ignoring lights, it’s important you do not do this when it is flashing. At this point, you should put your flashers on and pull over or proceed very slowly  to your destination if you are nearby. Use your roadside assistance or call a technician to diagnose the light to determine whether you need to a tow truck or to be picked up. Get your vehicle to a service center as soon as possible. Shorewood Kia owners can schedule service online with our Bill Jacobs Kia technicians.

Dashboard lights can leave you confused and distraught, but it’s important not to panic while you are driving. If you are unsure about what your light means, the safest thing to do is pull over and figure it out before going forward.

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