Ten Most Common Dashboard Lights and Icons | Easley SC | Near Greenville, Spartanburg & Anderson

If you’re a new driver, then you might not know what every single light and icon means in your dashboard when it comes on. This is a problem, because if it’s a light that requires immediate attention, it might be a good idea to know what it means. So keep reading to learn more about the ten most common lights and icons on your dashboard.

Warning Lights Vs. Indicator Lights

There are two types of lights that could illuminate in your dashboard. Warning lights are pressing and need to be taken care of right away. Indicator lights signal that something needs to be serviced or repaired soon, so drive with caution. Be sure to consult your owner's manual if you have any question about the color or urgency of a light.

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Lights Decoded

Check Engine or Malfunction Indicator Light

Check Engine or Malfunction Indicator Light

Illuminates when the vehicle discovers a problem with the engine, and it may lead to the system operating abnormally. Bring your vehicle in to have it inspected promptly.

Coolant Temperature Warning Light

Coolant Temperature Warning Light

This light means that the engine temperature is above normal. If necessary, you should stop the vehicle to let the engine cool down and have it inspected immediately.

Oil Pressure Warning Light

Oil Pressure Warning Light

Your oil level is low if this light comes on. Stop the vehicle immediately and check your oil level.

Battery/Charging Warning Light

Battery/Charging Warning Light

When you see this light up, it could signal problems with your battery. Faulty wiring or a broken fan belt might be the cause. Stop and seek professional help as soon as possible.

Door Ajar Indicator Light

Door Ajar Indicator Light

If this light comes on, then either a door or the trunk isn't fully closed. Check all doors before continuing to drive.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System Light

Tire Pressure Monitoring System Light

This light illuminating indicates that your tire pressure is low. Adjust the inflation pressure, and the light should turn off after a few minutes.

Brake System Light

Brake System LightBrake System Light

Either the parking brake is on, there is a problem with the braking system, brake fluid is low or there is an ABS problem. Ensure the parking brake is released and have the brake fluid checked.

Traction Control Indicator Light

Traction Control Indicator Light

This comes on when your vehicle's traction control is in use, indicating that conditions are slippery.

Security Indicator Light

Security Indicator Light

If this light comes on and there is not a security issue, then there is probably a malfunction in the system.

Cruise Control Indicator Light

Cruise Control Indicator Light

This light indicates that the cruise control feature is on.

If you're still unsure about a light that has come on in your dashboard, feel free to contact us directly or stop by McKinney Mazda at 4544 Calhoun Memorial Highway, Easley, SC 29640. As always, we look forward to serving our customers from Easley SC, and throughout Greenville, Spartanburg and Anderson.