Common Dashboard Lights

What Do the Lights on My Dashboard Mean in Tampa, FL?

What Do the Lights on My Dashboard Mean in Tampa, FL?

Many drivers are still confused when a dashboard light pops on in their vehicle. Some lights don’t mean much, like a simple high beam indicator, but some indicators can mean more serious issues. This is why it’s important to understand the meanings of your dashboard indicators. We’ve taken the time to explain some of the more common lights and indicators you may see, but for more specific information about your particular make and model, refer to your owner’s manual. Keep reading to find out the meanings of some of the more common dashboard lights!

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Check Engine or Malfunction Indicator Light

Never ignore this light, as it means your vehicle has found a problem with the engine. This problem could lead to the system functioning abnormally. There are several reasons why this light can turn on, so be sure to bring your vehicle to a mechanic as soon as possible for an inspection.

Coolant Temperature Warning Light

The vehicle’s engine temperature has become abnormally high. Be sure to stop the car and turn off the engine so it can cool down immediately.

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Oil Pressure Warning Light

This light means the oil pressure in your vehicle is low. You should look into getting an oil change and an inspection.

Battery/Charging Warning Light

If you see this light come on, pop the hood. The battery voltage level is low, possibly because of a broken fan belt, faulty wiring or even simply the age of the battery. If you don’t find anything wrong, seek professional help.

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Door Ajar Indicator Light

This light simply means one of the doors (or the trunk) isn’t closed all the way, so double check all of your doors that they’re closed properly.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System Light

One or more of your tires has low air pressure and needs more, which means you should find a gas station with an air pump. Consult your owner’s manual, pump your tires and check the poundage with a tire pressure gauge. The light should turn off after a few minutes.

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Brake System Light

This light can mean one of four problems: the brake fluid is low, your parking brake is on while driving, there’s an ABS problem or there’s a bigger issue with the braking system. Release the parking brake and have your brake fluid checked.

Traction Control Indicator Light

The roads are slick because of rain! This light will turn on when your car’s traction control is in use during inclement weather.

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Security Indicator Light

This light indicates a problem in the security system. Make an appointment with your local dealer for an inspection.

Cruise Control Indicator Light

Cruise control is active.

If your car is ready for its regularly scheduled maintenance, or if your car needs more extensive repairs, visit Volkswagen Brandon at 9816 East Adamo Drive, Tampa, FL 33619 or give us a call to set up your appointment. We look forward to serving customers from Brandon, Wesley Chapel, Sarasota and Clearwater.