Your vehicle uses dashboard warning lights to communicate information about your vehicle’s operation. Some lights are routine – letting you know everything is okay when you first start your engine. But some lights indicate a problem.
Here are some of the dashboard warning lights that require your attention, and what they mean when they are illuminated.
Check Engine Dashboard Warning Light
The Check Engine dashboard warning light indicates that one of your vehicle systems is not operating properly. Your engine’s computer has set a Diagnostic Trouble Code. Professional technicians use a special scanning tool to interpret the code and diagnose the problem.
Check Engine Light Appearance
- Flashing Check Engine Light (blinking on and off) requires immediate attention.
- Solid/Glowing Check Engine Light should be professionally inspected as soon as possible.
- Red Check Engine Light is a more serious condition.
- Yellow or Amber Check Engine Light should be inspected as soon as possible.
Check Engine Light Diagnosis & Repair
If you suspect a problem with your vehicle’s engine, it’s best to get it checked out as soon as possible. Small problems left untreated can turn into more expensive repairs, or a safety issue.
Bring your vehicle to Excalibur. We offer a full range of engine repair services – from basic maintenance and tune-ups to complete engine replacement. Our ASE Certified Master Technicians can diagnose your problem, make the necessary repairs, and ensure your safety and your vehicle’s reliability.
Oil Pressure Dashboard Warning Light
The oil pressure warning light means there is a problem with your engine oil. Take this warning light seriously.
Your vehicle’s engine contains moving and sliding parts which operate under extreme heat with a lot of force. These metal parts must be kept lubricated to prevent damage to your engine. Engine oil circulates constantly through your engine, providing the necessary lubrication.
Running your vehicle without oil will quickly destroy your engine.
If your oil pressure light comes on, it is best to turn off your vehicle and not use it again until the problem has been fixed.
Oil Pressure Warning Light Appearance
- Red Oil Light is a serious condition. Find a safe place to stop your vehicle and check the oil level – make sure that is sufficient.
- Yellow or Amber Oil Light may mean your oil level is low, and you need to add some oil. Schedule service if your oil light stays lit, or if your oil level stays low, even after adding oil.
Oil Pressure Light Diagnosis & Repair
Our expert technicians can make sure your engine and its oil system are operating properly. Give us a call. We will help you determine if it is safe to drive your vehicle to our shop, or if you should call a tow truck to prevent serious damage. We will diagnose and repair the problem, and get you back on the road.
Brakes Dashboard Warning Light
The Brakes dashboard warning light could simply be telling you that you’re trying to drive with the parking brake on, so check that first. If your parking brake is off and the Brakes dashboard light is still on, something is wrong with your braking system. You could be low on brake fluid, or it could be time to replace your brake linings.
Brakes Warning Light Diagnosis & Repair
If your brakes warning light is illuminated, bring your vehicle to Excalibur. We will fully inspect your brake system. If components need to be repaired or replaced, we’ll let you know exactly what, why, and how much it will cost to fix. Our expert technicians will repair your brakes, and make sure your vehicle is safe to drive.
Battery Dashboard Warning Light
The Battery dashboard warning light indicates that the battery voltage is below normal, and the charging system is not functioning properly.
Likely culprits are damaged battery terminals or connections, a failing alternator belt, or a failing battery.
If your battery warning light is illuminated, bring your vehicle to Excalibur. Our certified technicians will properly diagnose and repair your charging system.