What Warning Lights Are the Ones You Can’t Afford to Ignore?

Warning lights can be a scary thing indeed when they pop up on your car’s dashboard. But those lights are there to help you to take the best possible care of your car. Here’s what SpringMasters Auto Repair wants you to know.

Check Engine Light

The check engine light is probably the light that causes the most emotional reactions for car owners. But it’s important to remember that this light is usually just letting you know that something either is impacting the engine or will shortly. It doesn’t always mean that the engine is in danger immediately. That said, the more you put off getting the check engine light sorted out, the worse the problem is likely to become.

Battery Light

Your car’s battery is a crucial piece of the puzzle. If the battery isn’t working, nothing is going to work. So it’s important that if you do see the battery light, you take note of what’s going on. It’s a good idea to get the battery tested. Also, looking at the battery can help you to see if there are any immediate issues, such as cracks in the battery’s outer casing.

Brake Light 

You might see the brake light most often when you’ve got the parking brake set, but that’s not the only time it comes on. It can also come on when you’re having issues with the brake system or when the onboard computer detects problems with brake fluid levels. Playing around with your car’s brakes is never a good idea.

Temperature Light

Heat and your engine do not do well together. That’s why there are so many built-in systems for helping the car to stay cooler. If your car is overheating, though, you need to know about it as soon as possible. The way your car lets you know that a problem is brewing is by showing you the temperature warning light. Ignore that and you’re likely to see the engine overheat shortly thereafter. 

TPMS Light

Your car’s TPMS helps you to see when there’s a problem with your car’s tires. That light is supposed to pop on either when you’ve got a flat tire or when the air pressure in one or more tires drops below a certain level. It’s a better option to check the pressure manually, though, because even a 1 percent drop in air pressure can cause issues with your car’s tires.

Stumped by a warning light on your car’s dashboard? Give us a call at SpringMasters Auto Repair in Stickney, IL. We can help you to figure out what exactly is going on.

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