Your automobile's dashboard has a lot of lights that activate when there is a concern with your car. If any of these lights turn on while you are driving, it can be a cause for alarm. Since modern automobiles have more modern technology and functions than ever before, there can be multiple reasons why a specific dashboard light turns on, making it hard to repair. When it comes to car diagnostics, having an expert on your side when several of your dashboard lights turn on is essential. We at Smith Automotive in Polk are those auto repair experts.
What Do All the Lights on My Dashboard Mean?
If one or more of your dashboard lights turn on and you are in Altoona, IA, Ankeny, IA, or nearby, you can come to Smith Automotive for an auto repair, scheduled maintenance, and more. Depending on whether you drive a Acura, Toyota, Acura, Dodge, or something else, these lights could vary in the actual icon and verbiage. Here is a brief explanation of what each of your dashboard lights means:
Oil Pressure Light - This light signifies that the oil is not circulating properly through the vehicle's engine. Common reasons for low oil pressure include low oil levels, a worn oil pump, and other worn internal components.
Tire Pressure Warning Light - This light means that one of your tires is underinflated or overinflated, and in some modern vehicles, the dashboard will also tell you which tire is underinflated or overinflated. The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is responsible for this light. If you are in the 50327 area or nearby, you can come to Smith Automotive to adjust your tire pressure. If the tire pressure check reveals that your tires are in fact properly inflated, you may have a faulty sensor that may need repair or replacement.
Engine Temperature Warning - The engine temperature light features a red thermometer, and when illuminated, this indicates that the engine is overheating. This is a serious problem. If this light turns on while driving, pull over immediately.
Traction Control Light - The traction control system applies the brakes to limit the wheels from slipping during acceleration. This is most helpful if you are driving in the rain or snow of Des Moines, IA or Norwalk, IA.
Check Engine Light - The check engine light is one of the most common dashboard warning lights but is also one of the least specific. Some signs that cause the check engine light to turn on are a loose gas cap, a misfire, or a loss of compression. If the light flashes, however, this indicates a very serious problem, and you should stop driving immediately and give Smith Automotive a call at 515-265-4141.
Battery Alert Light - The battery alert light indicates that the vehicle's charging system isn't functioning properly. There could be a problem with the battery itself, but there could also be a problem with the battery cable, the alternator, the accessory belt, or another electrical fault in the system.
Washer Fluid Indicator - This light means that you are low on washer fluid and should get a refill as soon as you can.
If one or more of your dashboard lights are on, you can bring your car to Smith Automotive in Pleasant Hill for an efficient and accurate diagnosis of the issue. We can also perform the appropriate services your vehicle needs, such as Diagnostics or Engine Repair.
Your Reliable Shop for Auto Diagnostics
If something is wrong with your vehicle and/or one or more of your dashboard lights turn on, don't hesitate to bring your car to Smith Automotive in Pleasant Hill today. Our owner Rusty Smith has hired technicians who understand the root causes of your auto issues and who use the latest tools and technology to quickly assess the problem with your vehicle. We've been fixing cars since 2008 and have a commitment to customer service.
Reasons You Should Do Business With Us:
Don't ignore any issues with your car! Bring it to our experts at Smith Automotive in Pleasant Hill. Schedule an appointment with us online at https://smithautopleasanthill.com/ or give us a call at 515-265-4141.