When a dashboard indicator light comes on in your vehicle, you may be left scratching your head wondering what it means. Since these lights are meant to alert you to something going on with your vehicle, you should definitely pay attention to them. Here are a few common indicator lights and what they mean so you’re not caught unprepared.
Check Engine: This indicator displays a small picture of an engine and means “Check Engine.” It alerts you that your vehicle has detected something wrong the engine. You will probably want to take your vehicle into a service center and have the indicator checked, as service centers have diagnostic equipment to tell you precisely what the problem is.
Check Battery: This indicator displays a small picture of a battery (with plus and minus signs) and means that you need to check your battery. The vehicle has detected that it is failing or is not charging correctly (potentially because of an issue with the alternator). If this indicator light comes on, inspect your battery and replace it if it’s bad. If you ignore this light and continue driving around, you may be left stranded once you turn your vehicle off.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Indicator Light: This indicator looks like a tire with an exclamation point and means that your TPMS has detected low tire pressure. Sometimes, this indicator simply means that you need to check your tire pressure and fill up your tires with the appropriate amount of air. Unfortunately, sometimes this indicator means that there’s a leak in one of your tires.
Brake Light: This indicator displays a tire with brakes and includes an exclamation point, alerting you that your vehicle has detected something wrong with your brake system. It can mean a variety of things, including that your brake fluid is low, your brake system has lost the hydraulic pressure needed to brake, or simply that you still have your parking brake on. If this indicator light comes on, you will want to evaluate your brake system immediately.
If any of these lights turns on in your vehicle, schedule an appointment to see the team at Charleston Mitsubishi right away.