Oil Change Reminder:
Oil changes are an important part of routine car maintenance and should be
completed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. As you might guess from its name, the Oil
Change Reminder light on your dashboard is there to remind you when you need to
take your car into the shop for its oil change.
Check Engine Light:
Probably the most well-known and often seen light on the dashboard, the Check
Engine Light can come on for a range of reasons. From the gas cap being loose to your engine needing new spark plugs, this light means there is an issue with
your engine, however small or large. It's a good idea to take your car into
your local mechanic's shop when this light comes on to ensure your car
continues to run smoothly.
Warning: Tire pressure is more important than you might think. Not only is
it crucial in keeping your vehicle under control, it can also help or hinder
your car's fuel efficiency. The Tire Pressure Warning indicator will illuminate
when your tire pressure is over or under its recommended range. If this light
comes on, check your pressure and either fill your tires or deflate them
slightly to keep them in the proper pressure range.
Battery Charge Alert:
When your battery is running on a low charge-or is dead or dying- the Battery
Charge Alert light will come on your dashboard. Shaped like a battery, this
indicator means it's time to change your battery for a new one. Since batteries
tend to last about five years or so, keep an eye out for this alert.
Warning: If you want to avoid having an overheating engine, it's important
to heed the Coolant Temperature Warning if it shows up on your dashboard. This
light indicates that the temperature in your engine has exceeded its normal
limits. If it comes on, check the coolant temperature, radiator cap, and fan
operation, as well as the whole system for potential coolant leaks.