What Those Dashboard Warning Lights Mean

Dashboard Warning Lights


Maybe you’ve been driving along one of our Castroville streets when suddenly you saw a flash from one of your dashboard lights, meaning there might be something wrong with your car. Unfortunately, not all dashboard warning lights are easy to decipher. If you’ve found yourself wondering, “What do the lights on my dashboard mean?”, don’t worry. Our service department is here to help, so we’ve put together the informative guide below.

Dashboard Warning Lights – Engine

  • Coolant Temp Warning – The engine is close to overheating, due to low coolant levels, a faulty thermostat, the engine fan not functioning, or an issue with the radiator, water pump, or some other part of the coolant system. Pull over and let the car cool before it overheats.
  • Service Vehicle – This is a general alert. We can connect to your car’s computer to detect the specific issue.
  • Reduced Power Warning – Your car’s computer has reduced power to limit damage because it detects an issue.
  • Cruise Control – This isn’t a warning light. It just lets you know that the cruise control is on.

Dashboard Warning Lights – Brake System

  • Brake System – This is one of the most urgent of the dashboard warning lights, meaning your brakes need servicing or to be replaced. Schedule an appointment to get your brakes checked so you can continue to drive safely on our San Antonio roads.
  • Traction Control or ESP – the car is utilizing its Electronic Stability Control.

Dashboard Warning Lights – Safety & Information

  • Security Alert – This usually means a door is still open.
  • Fog Lamp – Your headlights’ high beams (“brights”) are on.
  • Airbag Fault – There’s a fault in the airbag system.
  • Washer Fluid Reminder – Washer fluid is low.

Dashboard Warning Lights – Tires

  • Tire Pressure Warning Light – One or more of your tires is not inflated to the correct PSI

What Do the Lights on My Dashboard Mean When They All Flash at Once?

Sometimes there may suddenly come on, not one, but all or most of your dashboard warning lights, meaning that there is an issue with the charging system of your car. The alternator is usually the culprit here. But our service technicians can quickly diagnose that for you.

Let the Pros at Nyle Maxwell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Castroville Help

The experts in our service center can quickly tell you what issues are causing your lights to flash. Just bring your car in and ask, “What do the lights on my dashboard mean?”. And don’t forget to check out our service coupons. We’re just a short drive away from both Alamo Heights and Balcones Heights. So, drop by or contact us today!

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