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How to Read Dashboard Lights

How to Read Dashboard LightsWhen driving around Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, or Trevose, you may notice a lit-up icon appear on your vehicle’s instrument cluster. It could mean that a system is operating normally, or it could mean that something’s wrong and needs to be addressed right away.

Because these icons represent different things, it’s important to understand what each one means. That’s why we created this guide on how to read dashboard lights. Read through the information below, and feel free to contact Faulkner Auto Group if you have any questions.

Understanding Dashboard Lights

The dashboard, or instrument cluster, is what the vehicle uses to “communicate” with you, the driver. This is how you get a notice on any potential mechanical problems with your automobile.

How to Read Dashboard LightsThere are two main categories for these types of lights: warning lights and indicator lights. Warning lights usually show up in red, orange, or yellow on the dash. It sends the message that something’s wrong and needs to be checked out by a professional as soon as possible.

Indicator lights, meanwhile, could be yellow. But, more often than not, they’re green, blue, or white. These lights simply mean that a specific system in your vehicle is working normally.

Common Warning Lights

While there are various warning lights that could appear on the dashboard, these are some of the most common…

  • ABS Warning Light: Often appears as ABS in all caps inside a circle. When you see this light, there’s often an issue with the anti-lock braking system (ABS). While the brakes will still work, you’ll lose any additional safety features that come with the ABS.
  • Check Engine Light: This icon looks like the shape of an engine. It can represent several things, from a loose gas cap to a faulty catalytic convertor. That’s why if this light pops up on the dash, you’ll want to have your car looked at as soon as you can.
  • Battery Light: This warning light appears in the shape of a battery, and usually means there’s an issue with the electrical system. It could be from a loose wire or the battery not holding a charge. If the light comes on while you’re driving, try to keep the car running until you can get to a service center.
  • Low Fuel Light: When you see a fuel pump icon, it means you’re running very low on gas. Try to refuel as soon as possible to avoid being stranded on the road.

Common Indicator Lights

Here are some common indicator lights that may appear on your car’s instrument cluster…

  • Turn Signal Indicator: The icon is represented by two arrows facing away from each other. Whenever you signal left or right, the corresponding arrow will blink.
  • High Beam LightHigh Beam Light: You’ll see this light as a capital D with five horizontal lines to the left of it. When this light appears on the dash, it means the high beams have been activated.
  • Fog Lamp Indicator: This light appears as a capital D to the right of one long vertical line crossing over three smaller diagonal lines. If the fog lights are on, then this light will come up on the dashboard.
  • Cruise Control Indicator: When cruise control has been activated, you’ll see what looks like an odometer with an arrow pointing to the line.

Schedule Service Today

Now that you have a basic understanding of how to read dashboard lights, you’ll be prepared if one pops up on your dash.

If you see a warning light when driving around Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, or Trevose, then don’t wait. Schedule service at Faulkner Auto Group, and we’ll have the issue fixed in no time.