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Reading Dashboard Lights

There are times when we need our vehicle to essentially talk to us to alert us of any potential problems. This is what the dashboard does.

But the indicators on the dash are more sophisticated than they used to be. For example, the BMW can project important information such as speed and fuel consumption right onto the windshield.

But perhaps the most important indicator on your dashboard is the Check Engine light. This is something that should never be ignored. If your light comes on, take the vehicle in for diagnostic testing right away. There is likely a problem with your car's emissions system, so you need to know the details.

All of the indicators in your vehicle are designed to protect both you and your vehicle from harm. If you want to know more about reading dashboard lights in Brooklyn, we're here for you. We'll go over everything you need to know about dashboard indicators.

Deciphering the engine light

There are many reasons why your Check Engine Light can come on. Sometimes it's a relatively easy fix, such as a loose gas cap. Other times it's more serious. Among the issues you could be experiencing are:

  • A blown head gasket
  • Problems with your oxygen sensors
  • Worn-out spark plugs
  • Cracked or loose hoses and manifolds
  • Sticky exhaust gas valves
  • A wet engine
  • Deteriorated fuel injector O-rings

If you need help with reading dashboard lights in Brooklyn, we're here for you. We'll go over what you need to know about these indicators.

Of course, the Check Engine light isn't the only one included on your dashboard. Although the types of warning lights on dashboards will vary from vehicle to vehicle, we can go over the most common ones:

    • ABS warning light: This comes on when something is wrong with the Anti-lock Brake System. It comes on automatically when the engine is turned on, but goes off after a few seconds if nothing is wrong.
    • Seat belt reminder: Depending on the type of vehicle, this light is sometimes accompanied by a warning sound.
    • Generic warning light: Some vehicles just come with an unspecified warning light, which generally means it needs to be serviced.
    • Tire pressure light: This warning comes on in the case of low tire pressure, which could raise the fuel consumption of the vehicle.
  • Front airbag: When it comes on, this indicates a problem with the air bag, which will need to be taken care of by a professional.
  • High-beam indicator: This stays on for as long as you have your high beams activated.
  • Battery warning: You should get your battery checked by a professional as soon as possible.
  • Slip indicator: Mostly seen in luxury vehicles, this light warns that the car may lose its grip due to difficult driving conditions.
  • AWD: This comes on when the All Wheel Drive system is enabled.
  • ESP/BAS light: You may have a potential problem with the Electronic Stability Program technology when this is activated.
  • Oil pressure warning: This is turned on if a problem is detected with your oil pressure. Generally, you should stop the vehicle and get it serviced as soon as possible to avoid more problems.

At Bay Diagnostic, we specialize in BMW, Land Rover, Range Rover, Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Mini and Smart Car, among others. Our service center, which has been in business for more than 25 years, provides the highest level of customer satisfaction and technical expertise. So if you have questions about your dashboard lights in Brooklyn, New York City and the surrounding areas, we're here for you!

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