Dashboard Warning Lights: What is your Car trying to tell you?

Dashboard warning lights

Have you ever heard an unusual sound from your car and wondered what it was? Not knowing the real cause of the problem is always frustrating and often leads to relying solely on the corrective advice of the Service Technician, which may or may not be the cause of the real problem.

Earlier it was a mystery to figure out what went wrong with the car when it used to breakdown suddenly. But now, cars are so advanced that they can communicate and provide information about the cause of the problem. Cars manufactured after 1996 come with OBD (Onboard Diagnostics) – a fault registering system connected to sensors all over the car. These sensors send out the problem information to the driver in form of Dashboard Warning Lights. Whenever, there’s something wrong with your car, your car will warn you by showing you the appropriate warning light.

Read on to find out about some of the most common Dashboard Warning Lights and what they mean :

Oil Warning Light: Oil keeps the engine lubricated and when the oil level is low it can cause extensive damage to the engine.


If you see this light on your dashboard it could mean the following:

  • The temperature of oil is too high.
  • The oil level is low
  • Oil pressure is too low.

Coolant Warning Light: This warning light simply means that your car’s temperature has gone above the normal temperature or that your car’s coolant level is low. If you see this light, then pull over and wait for the temperature of your engine to drop for at least 30 minutes. Now, remove the radiator cap to check the coolant level and if it is low then add some water to temporarily run your car to reach the nearest service centre for some coolant top up.

#AutomenProtip:   Do not open the radiator cap when the engine is still hot.

Brake System: Brakes are responsible for bringing your speeding vehicle to a stop so, neglecting any warnings related to them can be risky. Avoid any dangerous situation by simply looking out for this light on your dashboard. Get your brakes checked whenever you see this light continuously flash on your dash.


Check Engine Light: The Check Engine Light is one of the most crucial Warning Lights and it should not be taken lightly.The Check Engine light will either blink or remain constant depending on the problem.


Steady Light: Usually not a serious problem, but still should be diagnosed.

Blinking Light: Indicates a severe Engine Misfire, Do not drive the car and get it checked ASAP.

The most common reasons for the Check Engine Light are:

  1. O2 sensor malfunction
  2. Catalytic Converter not working
  3. Mass Air Flow Sensor Malfunction
  4. Spark Plugs or Engine Wiring loose
  5. Loose Oil Cap in some cars

Ignoring this warning can lead to an unexpected breakdown and expensive repair. Take your car to your preferred technician as soon as you see this warning light.

Airbag Warning Light: Your car airbags are supposed to pop out to save the lives of the passengers in the event of a car accident. But this warning light means that the airbags won’t deploy in a car crash. We urge all the people to get their airbag system checked as soon as you get this light on your dashboard.


Power Steering Warning Light: You will see this warning light whenever there is some problem with the steering system of your car. This could either mean that the Power Steering Oil is running low or that the steering motor is not working properly. You will also notice that you have to make more efforts to steer your car.


Tyre Pressure Monitor Warning Light: Many modern cars come equipped with Tyre Pressure Monitoring System. It senses a deviation of tyre pressure from normal to low, signifying a puncture. You should check your tyres as soon as you see this light come on.


Battery Charge Warning Light: If this light is flashing while the engine is running then it simply points towards a problem in the charging system. The alternator is not working or the battery has gone bad.

#AutomenProTip:    Battery has a life of 3-4 yrs and can die without a warning. Check your Battery warranty card to know if you’re eligible for a free replacement.

ABS Warning Light: ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) allows the driver to maintain better control of the car under hard braking. ABS warning sensor is connected to the Anti Lock Brake System of the car and if there is something wrong with it, the ABS warning light will flash up. You are putting yourself in danger if you are ignoring the continuously flashing ABS Warning Light. Take your car to your preferred service station when you see this light.

We are certain that after reading this blog, you will be better informed about the Health of your car and what corrective steps to be taken incase you notice anything unusual.If you see any warning light on your dashboard and unsure what they means then call Automen on 8010696969 or log onto www.automen.in to know more. After all we don’t want you to get stranded on your long awaited road trip.