Dashboard Warning Lights

How to Understand Dashboard Warning Lights – 7 Issues

The dashboard warning lights tell different status issues about your car.  Each sign convey a specific problem that needs your immediate attention.  Ignoring them can give you a much bigger problem in the future.


In this article, we are going to help you understand the meaning of dashboard warning lights.  It will spare you time—and anxiety—since the only other way to understand the warning signs is to bring your vehicle to the auto parts store or call your mechanic.

Dashboard Warning Lights
Dashboard Warning Lights




Seeing the highlighted Maintenance Required sign simply means that your car needs an oil change.  Normally, the oil change company can fix this by simply resetting your car so it can drive again for another 3,000 miles.  Don’t ignore this simple maintenance issue as this will affect the life span of your vehicle engine.  Meanwhile, if you see the lighted oil sign may also mean that your vehicle needs oil or that that there is little oil pressure.




Most of the cars today have a light symbol for their engines.  Seeing this lighted gives you warning that the vehicle engine may have encountered minor problems like bad sensor.




This is one of the most common warnings a driver will encounter.  This simply means that your engine needs to be pumped up with fuel.  Seeing this warning gives you the idea that your vehicle may have between 1-2 gallons of fuel in your tank.




Don’t panic when you see the brake lights staring at you.  It does not mean that you have problem with the brakes but with the brake fluid levels and you just need them refilled.  On the other hand, the light may also mean that your parking brake is set.





Now, if a door is not closed properly the driver will also know this through a light on the dashboard.  Some vehicle models specifically points which door causes the warning.  Additionally, this may also indicate that your trunk door is not secured.



Most of the times, this warning can be a bit misleading since the battery is not the usual problem but the alternator.  When you see this sign, just turn off as many electrical systems as possible (like the air-cons and stereos and bring you vehicle to the auto parts store or have it checked by your mechanic.




Other lights include seatbelt light indicating that not all passengers are wearing a seatbelt.  A bright light warning also helps the driver remember that the high beams are turned on.