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Dashboard Warning Lights 

Do you have a dashboard warning light on? Should you be concerned?

Modern cars have come a long way from their predecessors, but the dashboard warning lights still remain. While some drivers choose to cover the warning lights with electrical tape, others heed each warning and take their worrying a little too far. Fear of the unknown is a major problem, especially if you're driving a two-ton vehicle moving at high speeds. So, really, what do dashboard warning lights mean?

Before we get to some of the more common warning lights, here are a few basics to remember.

  • A red warning light indicates there's a serious problem with the vehicle. If it isn't red, there's no need to take immediate action.
  • A yellow or orange warning light means that your vehicle will need attending to soon. Make a service appointment once you arrive at your destination. If the light is flashing, contact the dealership service department as soon as possible.
  • A green or blue warning light lets you know that a system is currently operating. One of the more common green or blue lights comes on when you drive with your high beams.

Now, let's talk about warning lights.

  • Battery - Shaped like you would expect, with a positive sign on the right and negative sign on the left, this warning light indicates there's a major problem with the vehicle's charging system. Come to a stop as soon as possible and call roadside assistance.
  • Engine - Known for striking fear into the hearts of unwary drivers, the check engine light looks like an engine and may have the word "Check" somewhere. While this doesn't indicate there's an immediate problem, there are hundreds of potential reasons for this light to come on. Contact a dealership service department and schedule an appointment.
  • Coolant - A temperature warning light that's shaped like a thermometer, this light indicates that the engine is either too hot or the coolant temperature is too low. If the light flickers between red and blue, there's an electrical problem in the cooling system itself. You'll need to contact a dealership to avoid damaging your vehicle.

Are you concerned because you have a dashboard warning light on? Stop by Roger Williams Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and speak with one of our friendly service team members. They will be able to answer any questions you may have. Want to bring your car in for service? Schedule an appointment by filling out the form on this page or by visiting our service page. We look forward to serving you soon at Roger Williams serving Weatherford, Fort Worth, Granbury, and beyond!


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