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Car Dashboard Warning Lights and What They Mean

Car Dashboard Warning Lights and What They Mean
Car Dashboard, Dashboard Warning Lights

Modern vehicles are equipped with a wealth of technology including sensors and electronic systems to help make driving your car easier, more pleasurable and most importantly safer.

However, what happens when something goes wrong? The first sign that your car has a problem will be a warning light flash up on your dashboard.

Having the knowledge to understand the various car warning lights will enable you to take proactive action to protect your car and prevent full mechanical failure. Knowing your dashboard warning lights could be the difference between a small repair bill and one that is much harder to swallow.

You can find a breakdown (excuse the pun) of the most important warning lights below as well as a comprehensive guide for almost every warning light at the end of this article.

ECU / Engine Warning Light

Engine Warning Light Icon

Without a functioning engine it's going to prove very difficult to get from A to B. If your engine light is shining bright it'll likely be accompanied by a lack of power as your engine management system enters 'limp' or 'safe' mode to protect itself.
In many cases the engine light on your dashboard is lit up due to something small such as a faulty sensor but it could be a larger mechanical issue. Either way get a trained professional to look at your engine at the earliest available opportunity. Continuing to drive with the light on could be causing significant damage with every additional mile. If you are in need of an affordable replacement engine part click here for a low cost solution.

Brake System / Brake Fluid Warning Light

Brake Warning Light Icon

Good brakes save lives. They are the most important safety feature on your vehicle so if you notice the brake symbol illuminated on your dash get it checked out as soon as possible. If you need of a low cost quality brake part click here to find it in our store.

Airbag Warning Light

Airbag Warning Light Icon

Airbags can now be found in just about every crevice in your car and are of paramount importance for protecting you and your fellow passengers in the case of an impact. If your airbag light is on get this seen to as soon as possible.
A faulty airbag may not deploy on impact and could put you in severe peril. On the other hand it could deploy unexpectedly and cause an injury in result. Airbag fixes aren't always easy but choose us and we can help you save on the cost of a quality replacement airbag. Click here to see what's available in our store now.

Power Steering / EPAS Warning Light

Power Steering Warning Light Icon

Your steering light will be displaying if you have an issue with your steering system. A symptom of this if often heaviness, making it difficult to change direction. Whilst this may prove an inconvenience at low speeds around town it could prove deadly at high speeds if you need to manoeuvre around an obstacle such as debris. Fix your steering fault by getting your hands on an affordable solution in our store. Click here to see what's available in stock today.

Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) Warning Light

DPF Warning Light Icon

A Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) is found on many modern vehicles as a means of reducing emissions by removing soot from the exhaust.
If your DPF warning light is on it is likely that a plume of dark smoke will follow your vehicle. Not only is this harmful to the environment but also your engine. Replacing a Diesel Particulate Filter isn't cheap so if you suspect you have an issue get it seen to immediately.

Coolant Warning Light

Coolant Warning Light Icon

Coolant plays an important role in moderating your engine's temperature. If this light is displayed on your dashboard check that your coolant levels aren't low. You can fill your engine coolant by locating the reservoir under your bonnet and top it up if required. 
The coolant warning light may also display in the case of a leak or head gasket failure as your engine is overheating due to a lack of coolant available. Get this seen to as soon as possible and if you require a replacement engine head gasket don't panic! We have an affordable solution to get your vehicle back up and running.

Oil Warning Light

Oil Warning Light Icon

If your oil pressure or oil level is too low or the oil temperature is too high the oil warning light will display. Oil is a lubricant and helps to ensure the smooth running of your engine.
If you have an oil issue expnsive engine damage can occur. We recommend getting your vehicle checked right away by a trained professional.

Tyre Pressure Monitor Warning Light

Tyre Pressure Monitor Warning Light Icon

Nearly all modern vehicles come supplied with a tyre pressure monitoring system. This is designed to check that your tyre pressures remain normal and if this changes inform you of an issue. The tyre pressure warning light will display if the system detects low pressure (need to inflate tyres) or a potential puncture. 

Battery Warning Light

Battery Warning Light Icon

Don't be alarmed if you see the battery warning light when you turn your car on as this is normal. However, if it still visible after your engine has been on for a few seconds there may be a fault with the electrical system in your car. 
The cause of this can include something simple to repair such as damaged cabling or a bad connection but may also be attributed to a faulty battery or alternator. If the problem is with your alternator you will run out of juice and come to a stand still as you run out of electrical power. Click here to see our low cost replacement alternators available in stock today.

All Car Dashboard Warning Lights

Dashboard Warning Lights

If your dashboard has a single warning light or resembles a Christmas tree and you're in need of a replacement part we can help!

We are experts in supplying quality used parts and by choosing us you can save up to 90%. Click here to shop our store now and get a replacement part delivered fast direct to your door.

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