Today, your automobile is not the same utilitarian machine your parents drove. Carburetors have long since been replaced with electronic fuel injection, power steering has become intelligent, and computer chips control how your engine shifts. Not only have these improvements made out cars much more efficient, but all the intelligent sensors included in your vehicle make diagnosing problems easier than ever.
Your dashboard is covered with hieroglyphics that can tell you everything from how full your gas tank is, how inflated your tires are, to whether you should change your air filter. When something goes wrong with your car though, do you know what all the symbols that light up in your dash are telling you? Here are 5 of the most common warning lights you should know.
Engine Temperature Warning
This guy looks like a key floating in the water and almost always lights up red. It’s used to tell you that your engine is running too hot which can cause a whole host of more serious issues.
Tire Pressure Warning
This one looks like a horseshoe with an exclamation point floating in it. When this symbol lights up it means that one or more of your tires has low pressure and should be filled as soon as possible.
Oil Pressure Warning
When you seen a red genie’s lamp appear on your dash you should be concerned. This symbol means that your car is low on oil. This could mean that you’re burning oil or there’s a leak somewhere but check it quick.
This symbol looks like a car with a couple squiggles coming from the tires. This means that your car’s traction control system is engaged and power is being distributed to the normal non powered tires.
Check Engine Warning
Most of you have probably been driving with this symbol on for quite a while. The check engine light looks like a helicopter attached to an icepick handle and can mean that tons of things may be tripping various sensors in your engine.
There are tons of symbols and signs that can mean various different things depending on the type of car you have. Check out your owners manual to see what your dash symbols mean, and if you’re in Baltimore, the professionals at Thompson Mazda can diagnose the problems easily and get your car running smoothly again.