Are There Warning Lights You Should Never Ever Ignore?

If you’re like most car owners, there’s a time or two that you have seen a warning light pop up on your car’s dashboard and tried to ignore it. That’s a human response, but it’s not one you want to lean into. KS Autocare has some information about warning lights that you should never ignore.

Temperature Warnings

Your car’s engine produces an awful lot of heat. In fact, so much of the rest of what’s under the car’s hood is all about reducing the effects of that heat on the engine. That’s why if you see your car’s temperature gauge climbing or if you see the temperature warning light come on, you absolutely cannot ignore that indicator. You have to pull over and let the car cool off so you can determine what’s wrong.

Power Warnings

Warning lights related to power issues, like the alternator light or the battery light, are crucial ones. Your car has to have power to keep running. Fuel provides only a part of the formula necessary to run the engine. The rest comes from spark, and that needs power. Problems with the battery or the alternator have to be corrected for your car’s engine to function. 

Tire Pressure Warnings

Something that not enough car owners realize is that when tire pressure warnings pop up, you’ve already got a problem. It’s vital to check your tire pressure manually on a regular basis. This lets you stay on top of tire pressure so that the tires aren’t losing too much air. The side bonus of this is that you also have a way to remind yourself to check the tire tread consistently, too.

The Check Engine Warning Light

Pretty much everyone knows that the check engine light is serious business. But that doesn’t mean that this light doesn’t get ignored. Some car owners are so scared to see this light that they’ll pretend that it isn’t there for fear of what might be wrong. The problem is that often whatever caused the light to turn on is likely a minor issue. Waiting just causes the issue to become a larger one.

Need help interpreting some warning lights you’re seeing? You don’t have to go it alone. KS Autocare in Elgin, IL is happy to help you to understand why your car is showing you certain warning lights. Give us a call today and we’ll set up an appointment to diagnose the problem for you.

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