Understanding those Auto Dashboard Repair Lights

If you are like so many other car owners, you find yourself confused and perplexed by the variety of dashboard repair lights that come on from time to time.  We all share that same initial reaction. OMG what is that light, what’s the problem and how much is it going to cost me to fix it? You definitely are not alone with these thoughts and fears. Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin we want to take this opportunity to acquaint all our valued clients with the meaning behind those frustrating dashboard repair lights. Some are ever so trivial, where others can certainly be a preliminary warning that a costly repair is on its way. For this reason, we want you to understand full well what your car’s computer is trying to say to you.

Battery Warning Light

This indicator light is telling you that the battery voltage is well below normal and that the charging system is not properly operating or functioning.   To address this issue, it is necessary to check the battery terminals, the overall condition of the battery and also requires checking the alternator belt. If, on your own inspection, you discover that the battery terminals are fine and that your battery is in good operating condition, then the source of the problem may very well be your alternator belt which would have to be checked and serviced by a certified technician.

Bulb Failure Warning Light

This indicator light is telling you that one or more of the lights on your vehicle are not working properly. It could be your headlights, riding lights, brake lights, a fuse or even a combination of more than one. To resolve this issue, you simply need to inspect the lights on your vehicle and when you locate the one that is blown own, replace it. If you are uncertain as to which bulb or fuse it is or are not able to determine how to change it out yourself, surely our qualified and trained technicians are here to assist.

Brake Warning Light

This indicator light is definitely telling you that there is an issue with your braking system. It could be low brake fluid level, your brake linings are low or even that your parking brake is still in the on position. Start by checking your parking or safety brake and make certain that it is not on. If it is not on then it will be necessary to have your system checked for any leaks and have the ABS inspected as well. Again, you can rely upon the expert technicians here at Auto Clinic of Franklin.

Required Maintenance Light

This indicator light is telling you that, depending upon the mileage on your vehicle, that some type of maintenance is required. You should first check your owner’s manual for the service requirement. If you are unable to determine the maintenance needed or do not have your owner’s manual then be sure to reach out to our trusted team.

Windshield Wiper Fluid Level

This indicator light is simply telling you that your washer fluid is low. You should make certain to add fluid so that you are able to maintain visibility at all times with a clear, clean windshield. If, however, this light comes on frequently, you should have it checked by a professional.

Check Engine Light

This indicator light is telling you that a vehicle system, such as your fuel, ignition or emissions control is not operating properly. When this indicator light stays on steadily, you should have your car checked as soon as possible by a certified technician. If, however, it is flashing, then you need to have it checked immediately by a professional. Again, this is where we at Auto Clinic of Franklin can help.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

This indicator light lets you know that one or more of your tires are seriously low. You should immediately check the tire pressure on all your tires to avoid a flat. Low tire pressure can also contribute to low gas mileage.

Temperature Warning Light

This indicator light tells you that your engine may be overheating. You should stop your vehicle right away when this light appears and check your coolant level. If you find that the coolant level is fine then you need to have your car inspected for an engine cooling system, leaks or a fan operation issue.

When it comes to those annoying, confusing dashboard repair lights we hope we have provided you with all the information and insight you need to take appropriate steps to avoid a serious problem. Don’t forget. If you are in need of any type of automotive services, then the folks here at Auto Clinic of Franklin are the team for you. Give a call out today and schedule your service appointment. We look forward to serving you and send along wishes for a safe and happy new year ahead!!

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