Offroad vehicles, daily drivers, family sedans and sport cars all have one thing incommon: they have warning lights. These warning lights are placed conveniently on the dash of most automobiles to help warn the driver that there is a potential problem. Most modern cars will be fitted with a variety of warning lights to inform the driver when specific problems occur. It’s very important to pay attention to these lights and have the problem solved quickly by your 4×4 mechanic, as the problem could potentially get worse if not taken care of. Unfortunately, not a lot of people understand what warning lights indicate, so this article will touch up on the 5 mot commonly seen warning light indicators, and what problem each of them represent.
Low Tire Pressure Warning
Most modern vehicles will monitor the pressure of each tire and will give anindication when the pressure drops. Whether there is a pressure drop due to a puncture or another cause, when this light goes on it may be a good idea to stop the vehicle and inspect your tires. If the pressure has only dropped a tad, it could be due to a change in altitude or outside temperature, but if one tire is significantly lower than the other, pull over to the next gas station and put some air in it. It’s important to make sure all the tires are at the same pressure, as you can wear down the tire that has the least amount of pressure. If the problem persists, you could have a small leak or puncture and it’s important to get a new tire as soon as possible. If the tire your checking is indeed flat, change it with your spare or call roadside assistance if you need help. Make sure you pay attention to any low-pressure warnings, as it can cause a serious safety and handling issue. The low-pressure indicator light looks like an exclamation point in the middle of a horseshoe.
Low Battery Warning
Depending on how much you drive and the weather conditions on where you live, most batteries will last on average 3-5 years. When the low battery warning light comes on, this means the voltage is low and it’s time to change your battery. Don’t ignore this light, as a low battery will prevent the car from starting potentially leaving you stranded somewhere. If you buy a battery before the old one dies from your local Fort Collins Auto Shop or 4×4 mechanic, you’ll save yourself a lot of money so you don’t need to pay roadside assistance when you’re stranded somewhere.The low battery light looks like a car battery with a positive and negative sign.
Brake Fluid Warning
Your brakes are one of the most important components on your vehicle, and if you let them go unattended you could get into a serious accident or collision. This light will indicate if there is a brake fluid leak, a malfunctioning caliper, or other problem in your brake system. Whether or not your specific brake issue is serious, it’s still very important to take note to this indicator light and take it in to your 4×4 mechanic as soon as you get back in town. A problem common when this light goes on is a lack of stopping power, which for obvious reasons can cause serious problems. The low brake fluid light looks like an exclamation point in the middle of a circle, surrounded by parenthesis.
When the temperature warning light turns out, your car probably has a coolant leak, broken fan belt, bad water pump, damaged radiator or similar. When this light goes on, it’s very important to have the car looked at as soon as possible to prevent overheating, as a car that overheats can cause severe damage to the engine. Usually when this light goes on you have to act quickly, as overheating problems occur quickly.The temperature warning light looks like a thermometer submerged in liquid.
Oil Pressure Warning
Oil pressure is necessary to keep the internal components of your vehicle running smoothly, so don’t ignore this light. If this indicator light comes on, it could be due to a leak, low oil, or your vehicle is burning oil. Whatever the case may be, it’s important to get your oil level back to normal and/or give your vehicle a full oil change. Ignoring this indicator can cause serious problems in the future and should not be overlooked.The oil pressure warning light looks like an old oil can.
Check Engine Light
This is one of the most overlooked lights and most commonly ignored indicators in a vehicle, yet it shouldn’t be taken for granted. When this light comes on, it’s important to take note that your vehicle is trying to say that something is wrong, even though we may not always know what it is. Some problems are serious such as a transmission issue, and some can be less severe such as a loose gas or oil cap. Keep in mind as well, for those of you who are modifying your vehicles, sometimes aftermarket 4×4 parts can cause this light to go on. Whatever the problem, take it in to your Fort Collins Auto Shop soon.The check engine light is usually a picture of an engine, a wrench, or will say “Check Engine” in lettering.