Dashboard Lights Index in Spring Woodlands, TX

Vehicle Dashboard Lights | Ripley’s Total Car Care

What lights do you see?

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Gasoline Engine Indicator Lights

Coolant Warning | Ripley’s Total Car CareEngine Warning | Ripley’s Total Car CareGeneral Alert EU | Ripley’s Total Car CareOil Level | Ripley’s Total Car CareABS Warning | Ripley’s Total Car CareBattery Warning | Ripley’s Total Car CareTransmission Overheating | Ripley’s Total Car CareBrakes Warning | Ripley’s Total Car CareDrivetrain Warning | Ripley’s Total Car CareGeneral Alert | Ripley’s Total Car CareOil Pressure | Ripley’s Total Car CareRadiator Warning | Ripley’s Total Car CareService Light 1 | Ripley’s Total Car CareService Light 2 | Ripley’s Total Car Care

Diesel Engine Indicator Lights

Glow Plug | Ripley’s Total Car CareParticulate Warning | Ripley’s Total Car CareWater in Fuel Indicator | Ripley’s Total Car CareDiesel Exhaust Filter | Ripley’s Total Car CareWater Trap Indicator | Ripley’s Total Car CareParticulate Warning Red | Ripley’s Total Car Care

Hybrid Engine Indicator Lights

Plug In Indicator | Ripley’s Total Car CareEV MODE Indicator Symbol | Ripley’s Total Car CareEV Mode Indicator | Ripley’s Total Car CareReady Indicator | Ripley’s Total Car CareReady Indicator 2 | Ripley’s Total Car CareCharging | Ripley’s Total Car CareLow Power | Ripley’s Total Car CareEV System Indicator | Ripley’s Total Car CarePedestrian Sound | Ripley’s Total Car CarePower Limitation | Ripley’s Total Car CareHybrid Battery Trouble Indicator | Ripley’s Total Car CareHigh Volt Battery Low | Ripley’s Total Car CareHigh Voltage System Fault | Ripley’s Total Car CareExternal Sound System | Ripley’s Total Car Care

It is important to check the indicator lights on your vehicle's dashboard instrument panel regularly. Though your vehicle may still run fine -- or may seem to run fine -- it is best to get checked out if a light is on. Drive carefully!

What color is the light?

More important than the light itself is the color of the light. Typically, dash board indicator lights use this system:

  • Red lights indicate a serious problem or safety issue
  • Yellow or orange lights indicate something that needs to be repaired
  • Blue or green is an indicator that a system is on or operating normally

Standard Indicator Lights

Gasoline Engine Indicator Lights

Engine Warning | Ripley’s Total Car Care

Check Engine Light

This light is one of the most common and recognizable dash lights, and often also has the word "CHECK" inside or underneath the engine symbol. It can also appear as a text-only light. This indicates a problem with the engine or emissions, and requires immediate attention. However, it can sometimes indicate a missing gas cap.

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Oil Level | Ripley’s Total Car Care

Low Oil Level

A yellow oil indicator light with a wavy line underneath indicates a low oil level.

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General Alert EU | Ripley’s Total Car Care

General Alert EU

The yellow variant of this light is used in some European-made cars to indicate a problem with the vehicle's Stability Control System. The car can still be driven with caution, but should be taken to a repair center as soon as possible.

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Coolant Warning | Ripley’s Total Car Care

Low Coolant

This light indicates that the engine's coolant system is running low on fluid and needs to be serviced. This light may have a downward-pointing arrow.

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Brakes Warning | Ripley’s Total Car Care

Brakes Warning

This light indicates that there is a problem with the braking system of the vehicle.

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ABS Warning | Ripley’s Total Car Care

ABS Warning

This light indicates that there is a problem with the braking system of a vehicle which has an Anti-lock Braking System.

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Radiator Warning | Ripley’s Total Car Care

Radiator Warning

This light is the engine coolant temperature indicator. If it is red, your engine is dangerously close to, or currently overheating.

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Oil Pressure | Ripley’s Total Car Care

Oil Pressure Warning

This is the oil pressure indicator light. A red light indicates the oil pressure is dangerously high.

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Battery Warning | Ripley’s Total Car Care

Problem with Charging System

If this light shows up red, this indicates that there is a problem with the charging system --either the battery itself or the alternator.

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General Alert | Ripley’s Total Car Care

Master Warning Light

This is the Master Warning light, and often is accompanied by another light or text indicator. Despite the serious appearance of this light, it often is only a simple reminder of something such as a door that is ajar. However, it is important to have the car serviced if the light does not go away.

 

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