16th December, 2019

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How much do you know about your car dashboard warning lights? When an unusual light pops up on your dashboard it can be quite a shock – especially if you don’t know what to do about it.

To keep your car running at it’s best, it’s a good idea to take notice of any warning lights that appear on your dash, and action them as appropriate. This simple guide will explain the most common warning lights that you’re likely to see on your car, and how you should deal with them. We have categorised them into three main sections, depending on the colour that they usually appear on a dashboard:

Red Warning Lights

Red Warning Lights usually indicate a problem that requires your immediate attention. Anything unexpected that occurs with the engine, brakes or airbags should be checked by a professional as a priority. Typical red lights you will see are as follows:

  • Battery warning
  • Brake system warning
  • Hazard warning light
  • Oil pressure warning
  • Seat belt reminder
  • Hand brake on
  • Engine temperature warning
  • Doors open reminder
  • Air bag fault warning

Amber Warning Lights

Amber warning lights usually indicate that something needs to be monitored. Some of these require attention as they have the potential to turn into major problems.

  • Check engine light
  • Low fuel warning light
  • Low oil level indicator
  • Change in tyre pressure
  • ABS warning light
  • Glow plug indicator

Green Warning Lights

Green warning lights tend to represent notifications, but they should not be ignored. For example, accidentally switching on your high beam can be hazardous in the wrong driving conditions.

  • Parking sensor in operation
  • Eco mode activated
  • Headlamps on
  • Fog lights on
  • Full beam light on
  • Indicators on

 

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