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Decoding Warning Lights

When you see a dashboard warning light come on, two things usually happen: You ignore it, thinking it’s not a big deal until it’s too late, or it sends you into a panic until you can take your vehicle in to get checked out. Neither of these options are what you should do! Advantage Ford LINCOLN has the answers for decoding your dashboard warning lights and what you should do in each scenario:

Oil Light

Engine Oil Level

This light is one that drivers often ignore for far too long. When it comes on, it means you’re either overdue for an oil change, or that your car is leaking oil. Check your oil as soon as possible or bring your vehicle in.

Battery Light

The Battery Light

This light indicates that your car battery’s voltage is below the normal level. This means that something is not working correctly when it comes to your vehicle’s charging system. Avoid getting stuck with a car that won’t start by getting this light checked out as soon as possible.

Washer Fluid

Windshield Washer Fluid

You don’t want to get caught with low windshield washer fluid, especially as we head into the winter months. If this light comes on, simply purchase some fluid and get it refilled to ensure you have the best visibility on the road!

Anti-Lock Breaks

Anti-Lock Brake System

Now this is a light you definitely don’t want to delay on getting checked out. If your ABS light is on, it means there is a problem with your braking system. Take your vehicle in immediately to avoid an accident.

Tire Pressure Monitoring

Tire Pressure Monitoring

As winter rolls into Ohio, this light becomes more and more common. Drastic temperature changes can really mess with your tire pressure, so fill up your tires as soon as you see this light to stay safe on the roads.

Check Engine Light

Check Engine Light

This indicator is also known as the emissions control light. It’s hard to know exactly what’s wrong when this light comes on, as it could indicate a number of problems. The best thing to do when you notice this light is to take it in to get checked out as soon as possible. This will avoid further damage and potential danger while driving.

Of course, remember that with each vehicle the warning lights may vary slightly, so another good tip is to check your owner’s manual, or bring it into our service center here at Advantage Ford LINCOLN for a diagnosis. At Advantage Ford LINCOLN, we’ll get your vehicle repaired in a timely manner, getting you back on the road as soon as possible. Call 800-354-2220 an appointment.