Understanding Key Car Warning Lights

December 14th, 2016 by

At Kia of South Austin, our service center wants you to keep your vehicle on the road, but also have the knowledge when to come in and have your vehicle checked out. It’s why you should be familiar with car warning lights on your dash, and we’re going to help you with a few of the most common.

  • Check engine light: This is the light that looks like an engine. When it comes on, you should make sure you stop into a service center as soon as you can, as it could be a variety of issues, ranging from a loose gas cap to replacement of spark plugs, catalytic converter, and oxygen sensor.
  • Reduced power warning: This also looks like an engine but has a downward arrow in the middle of it. With this, it’s indicating that your engine computer has limited power output. Again, stopping into a service center right away is the best course of action.
  • Tire pressure monitoring system: This warning light is an exclamation point inside a tire, which is shaped more like a horseshoe. It’s pretty straightforward, the tire pressure in one of your tires is low, and needs to be brought back to optimal levels. You can do it by putting air in your tires with a gauge if you’re comfortable with that, or again, seek out a service professional.
  • Brake system: This light is an exclamation point in a circle with two brackets around it. It could mean that your parking brake is on while you’re driving and you need to move it to the off position, or it could mean that the braking system or brake fluid is low, or your ABS has an issue. Check your parking brake first, and if the light is still on, seek out a professional diagnosis.
  • Oil pressure warning: This is an oil can light, and when it stays lit, that means you have a loss of oil pressure, and you should immediately check your oil level and pressure.
  • Our team here in Austin would be happy to answer any questions you might have, and discuss all the services we can provide you today.

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