Dashboard lights are an important and often overlooked part of our vehicles. Our dashboard lights help us better understand our vehicle. Some lights are warning lights, while others are lights that inform you of your vehicle settings.


It's important to have a strong understanding of the warning lights on your dashboard. These lights come in three different categories. The first is green. Green warning lights inform drivers if there is a problem, but the problem is not dangerous. The second category is yellow, which indicates that there is a problem that should be checked at your earliest convenience. The final category is red warning lights. These lights inform drivers of an immediate hazard or danger.


The check engine light is an example of a yellow category light. The check engine light can mean almost anything. It could mean your gas cap is broken or it could mean you have a major transmission issue. Whatever the case may be, you should take your vehicle to a mechanic as soon as you are able if the check engine light comes on.


Red light warnings are the most important lights to be aware of because they indicate serious problems. The first red light warning you should know about is the door/trunk light. This light looks like the aerial view of a car with its doors open. If this light is on, it means your doors or trunk are open. Even if your doors are just slightly ajar, this light will turn on. Correcting the problem is easy, just check all of your doors and trunk.


The second light is one you are probably familiar with. The low fuel level warning light is designed to alert drivers that they are running extremely low on fuel. When you see this light turn on, you should stop at the closest gas station and put fuel in your tank. When this light turns on, you have some time to get to a gas station, but you shouldn't wait long.


Up next is the battery light. When the red light turns on that resembles a battery, you should stop driving immediately. This light can indicate that you have a broken fan belt or a problem with wiring. A professional should evaluate the situation to make sure your vehicle is safe to drive.


The red light that looks like a car and lock is the security system light. When you take your keys out of the ignition, this light flashes. It means your security system is working. If this light does not turn on when you start or stop your engine, check with a mechanic to make sure you don't have a wiring problem.


Finally, the oil pressure warning light resembles an oil can. If this red light turns on, you need to stop your car. Then, check the oil level. If the oil level is low, you need to add oil to your car so it is safe to drive again. If you check your oil level and it seems fine, you may need to take your vehicle to a mechanic so they can replace your oil or top you off.


If any of these lights turn on, feel free to visit Island Auto Group for vehicle maintenance. Our dealerships are conveniently located on Hylan Boulevard in Staten Island, New York.

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