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Engine warning light

Oil pressure dashboard warning light

Battery charge warning light

Brake system dashboard warning light

ABS warning light

Parking brake warning light

Airbag warning light

Catalytic converter warning symbol

Tyre pressure warning light

Engine warning light

 

This may be red and will light when the ignition is turned on and should extinguish once the engine has started. If once the engine has started the engine warning light remains lit, it suggests a problem with the engine. If the engine warning light begins flashing, ease off the accelerator and seek assistance immediately.

 

Oil pressure dashboard warning light

 

This will illuminate upon switching the vehicle's ignition on and will extinguish once the engine has started. If the light remains on when the engine has started or illuminates whilst driving, stop the car and turn the engine off, when safe to do so, as soon as possible. Driving with insufficient oil in the engine can cause fatal engine damage. If engine oil is correct, do not start engine and seek assistance.

 

Battery charge warning light

 

This will illuminate when the ignition is switched on and should go out once the engine has started. If light does not illuminate when ignition is switched on, illuminates after engine is started or whilst driving, the battery is not charging. It could be a dead battery, faulty alternator or loose/corroded connection on the battery terminals.

 

Brake system dashboard warning light

 

This lights when the handbrake / parking brake is applied and should extinguish once the handbrake is released. If it stays on, it indicates a problem with the braking system of the car. Check brake fluid levels are at correct levels and if light stays on, mechanical assistance should be sought immediately.

 

ABS warning light

 

This will illuminate during normal driving if there is a problem with the anti-lock braking system. It will light briefly when the car starts, to confirm the ABS is functional. If the light is on, normal braking is maintained although the anti-lock system will be defective.

 

Parking brake warning light

 

These can be either red or orange. They are lit to warn that the parking brake or emergency brake is engaged and must be released before driving off. A parking brake warning light may also have a wrench or spanner underneath which suggests electronic parking brakes need servicing. If the light is on with a spanner or wrench, the vehicle can be driven safely but requires maintenance.

 

Airbag warning light

 

This comes on if any of the car's airbags have been deactivated. Check vehicle manual for any checks that can be performed. Vehicle can still be driven. If light remains on, specialist diagnostic equipment will need to be used to find faults and to extinguish the warning light.

 

Catalytic converter warning symbol

 

Some vehicles have a catalytic converter warning symbol. If the light remains lit, it could suggest a problem with a damaged, overheated or malfunctioning catalytic converter. The engine management system may reduce power

 

Tyre pressure warning light

 

This will come on when the tyre pressure monitoring system detects tyre pressure is reduced by 25% or more. This light is more frequently illuminated during winter when outdoor temperatures are reduced and lowering the tyre pressures.

Below is a list of the lights you might see on your dashboard and on the right is what they all mean.

 

Bank Top Garage vehicle services, based within easy reach of Sunderland, can help if you have any of these issues.

 

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