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Common Warning Lights and Their Meaning

If you own a vehicle, you’ve probably seen a warning light pop-up on your dashboard a couple of times, whether it be a check engine light or other system warning light. Most are familiar with the check engine light and understand that once it appears, it’s time to have your vehicle inspected.

However, there are many other warning lights that can appear that represent issues with other systems in your vehicle. Here are some of the most important warning lights and what they represent: 

Check Engine Light - The most common warning light, indicating an issue with the engine. 

Engine Temperature Warning Light - This symbol looks like a thermometer in an ocean. This indicates that your engine is overheating, and needs to be inspected immediately. 

Tire Pressure Warning Light - This light looks similar to the shape of a tire, and indicates that one or more of your tires have low pressure. Tire pressure should always be correct, so try to get this fixed as soon as possible. 

ABS Warning Light - This symbol will usually say “ABS”. It indicates a problem with the Antilock Brake System, and will require a professional to take a look. 

Battery Warning Light - You’ll recognize a battery symbol. This means your battery is short on charge, which could be caused by the battery itself or the charging system. 

Those are some of the top warning lights to keep an eye out for, but there are many more built into your vehicle that you should be aware of. For more information on your vehicle’s warning lights, be sure to refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual. 

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