Dashboard Warning Light Meanings

warning light

The dashboard warning lights are designed to alert you to an issue with your vehicle. When something goes wrong, it can be a difficult task trying to work out exactly what the warning light flashing away on your dashboard is trying to tell you.

Brake System Light

Your vehicle’s brakes are arguably the most important feature on your car, so if there’s a warning light flashing on your dash highlighting there’s something wrong with the braking system, it’s best to get it checked out right away.

Engine Warning Light

If your engine warning light is illuminated, often it will be accompanied by some unusual symptoms. This could include a lack of power, as the car has gone into safe mode to protect itself. An intermittent stuttering as you press the accelerator, caused by a misfire, or another fault. This could alter the normal response from the engine. Sometimes this can be down to something as small as a faulty electrical sensor, although sometimes it can be a larger mechanical issue.

Airbag warning light

A faulty airbag potentially will not go off in a crash, meaning you and your passengers won’t be as well protected from any potential injuries. The other possibility is that your vehicle’s airbag could deploy when you least expect it.

Power steering

If the system fails, the steering could go out. This could make the car change direction. This can be an annoyance at low speed when you’re trying to maneuver. This can also be dangerous at higher speeds.

Coolant warning light

Without any coolant, your car’s engine would get so hot it would weld itself together. If you see the coolant light show up on your dashboard, it could mean coolant levels are running low, so check the gauge on the side of the coolant tank under the bonnet and top up if necessary. In conjunction with a temperature gauge reading well into the red, it could mean your engine is overheating. This is either the sign of a larger problem. Some issues could be a head gasket failure or a leak in the system somewhere, meaning you’re engine has run low on coolant and got too hot. If you notice a light coming on, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you.