Know What Your Car Warning Lights Mean

December 14th, 2016 by

Here at Gene Messer Kia, we know that when people see a light on the dashboard that’s a warning or notification, they might freak out, for lack of a better term. It’s understandable because those lights are signifying that something on your vehicle warrants attention. It’s why we’ve highlighted the most common ones for your edification.

  • Check engine light: This is the light that looks like an engine. When it comes on, you should make sure you stop into a service center as soon as you can, as it could be a variety of issues, ranging from a loose gas cap to replacement of spark plugs, catalytic converter, and oxygen sensor.
  • Reduced power warning: This also looks like an engine, but has a downward arrow in the middle of it. With this, it’s indicating that your engine computer has limited power output. Again, stopping into a service center right away is the best course of action.
  • Tire pressure monitoring system: This warning light is an exclamation point inside a tire, which is shaped more like a horseshoe. It’s pretty straightforward, the tire pressure in one of your tires is low, and needs to be brought back to optimal levels. You can do it by putting air in your tires with a gauge if you’re comfortable with that, or again, seek out a service professional.
  • Brake system: This light is an exclamation point in a circle with two brackets around it. It could mean that your parking brake is on while you’re driving and you need to move it to the off position, or it could mean that the braking system or brake fluid is low, or your ABS has an issue. Check your parking brake first, and if the light is still on, seek out a professional diagnosis.
  • Oil pressure warning: This is an oil can light, and when it stays lit, that means you have a loss of oil pressure, and you should immediately check your oil level and pressure.

Our service team is here to help you learn more, and schedule an appointment for maintenance on your vehicle, so contact us today.

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