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What do the symbols on my dashboard mean?

Often, we panic when we see unfamiliar lights illuminate on our dashboards. We are most accustomed to seeing the check engine, gas, or brake light but what about the other ones? What do the rest of those symbols mean? It’s important to understand these symbols as these warning lights can be the beginning of a potentially large problem. The service technicians at Troy Honda have you covered and will help you understand their meanings.

There are symbols for warning and safety indications. Below are 10 symbols on your dashboard that you may see. Note: These are a mix between the good and the bad.

  • Check Engine Light (Malfunction Indicator Lamp)
    Drive slowly and get to a service station as soon as possible. Although this light doesn’t always mean a serious fault, get the code read quickly to avoid creating a bigger issue.

  • Low Fuel
    We recommend keeping your tank no less than ¼. Driving around with low fuel can damage your catalytic converter and could leave you on the side of the road.

  • Oil Pressure Low
    Keep the engine lubricated with oil to avoid serious issues, top off the oil and see if the light disappears.

  • Charging System Warning
    The battery is not charging. Get your car inspected immediately for a battery replacement or diagnosis.

  • Blind Spot Information
    This indicates that there’s a problem with the system. A sensor may be blocked.

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
    A tire is low. With a tire gauge, you can easily check the pressure of your tires and add air as needed.

  • Parking Brake
    The parking brake is engaged and needs to be released before driving.

  • Seat Belt Reminder
    All passengers need to be securely fastened before driving.

  • Anti-lock Brake System
    This function is not available and needs to be checked. However, the regular brake system should work properly.

  • Electric Power Steering
    For the vehicles with this option, check the power steering fluid levels.

To avoid small issues evolving into something bigger, address uncommon appearances as soon as you can. If you’re unsure how to get started or have questions, contact our team at 248-939-5411. You can also make an appointment here. We’ll see you soon!