Monthly Archives: June 2016

What Do the Lights on My Dashboard Mean? {Part 2}

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Have you ever turned on your engine, only to see a brand new icon light up and utter confusion follow closely behind? Our vehicles are complicated and it’s important to know what all those lights and icons mean so you can maintain your car’s health and ensure its safety. Maybe you’re new to driving or perhaps you’re a seasoned driver who just needs a refresher. Either way, our new series “What Do the Lights on My Dash Mean?” will hopefully provide some insight on what all those many confusing icons are and what they mean about your vehicle and driving experience, so you can look out for potential problems!

If you’re new to our series, check out Part 1 here.

 

 

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These light refers to an adjustable suspension setup. It may illuminate when the suspension is changing heights or even when a vehicle has entered into a sport mode. Most likely though, if illuminated, it refers to a fault with the suspension system.


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This is an air bag warning light. In most cars it illuminates when the vehicle first starts up. But if the light remains on, there is an issue with one of the vehicle’s airbags and the car needs to taken to a mechanic immediately.


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This is Mercedes-Benz’s attention assist feature. Many other manufacturers have similar setups that are designed to help ensure a driver does not become drowsy behind the wheel.


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If this light is illuminated, it refers to a fault with the automatic transmission system. It’s best to take your vehicle to a mechanic as soon as possible if this light remains on.


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This is the battery light. If the ignition is on but the vehicle is not, the light will remain illuminated to indicate the car is current running all accessories on battery power only. If it remains on while the car is running, it may indicate a fault with the vehicle’s electrical system.


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This light indicates that one or more of the vehicle’s exterior brake lights are currently inoperable. Most likely it will just be a burnt out bulb, but it could refer to a larger problem.


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This is the brake pad light. It indicates that a vehicle’s brake pads are faulty, damaged or in need of replacement. If this light remains on, take your vehicle to a mechanic as soon as possible.


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These lights indicate there is an issue with one of the exterior lights, not necessarily a brake light. It could be any one of the parking or indicator lights on the vehicle. They may be burnt out or there may be an electrical fault.


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No, this light does not mean the BBQ is warmed up and ready! (Unfortunately.) It refers to a vehicle’s emissions control catalytic converter being faulty and most likely in need of replacement.


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This is a fairly self explanatory light. A lot of new vehicles have an oil life monitor built on-board that tracks when exactly it’s time to change the oil. When illuminated, it’s time to head to the mechanic for some new oil.

 

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Stay tuned for Part 3 of this series next week! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to comment below or tweet us at @Advantage_Ford!

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This information was shared from AutoGuide’s 2015 article called “What Does That Light on My Dash Mean?”

What Do the Lights on My Dashboard Mean? {Part 1}

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Have you ever turned on your engine, only to see a brand new icon light up and utter confusion follow closely behind? Our vehicles are complicated and it’s important to know what all those lights and icons mean so you can maintain your car’s health and ensure its safety. Maybe you’re new to driving or perhaps you’re a seasoned driver who just needs a refresher. Either way, our new series “What Do the Lights on My Dash Mean?” will hopefully provide some insight on what all those many confusing icons are and what they mean about your vehicle and driving experience, so you can look out for potential problems!

 

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These lights signify the all-wheel drive or 4X4 system is engaged. They can also mean there is a problem with the all-wheel-drive system if the light remains on even when the system is disengaged.


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The is the ABS light. On some vehicles, it may illuminate if the anti-lock braking system is active. If it remains illuminated, there is most likely a fault with the ABS system. Light can be yellow, orange or red.


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These signify adaptive cruise is engaged. If the light remains on when the system is disengaged, there may a problem with the adaptive cruise.


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This can relate to a self-levelling suspension system or height-adjustable suspension. It may flash when system is raising or lowering the vehicle. If it’s constantly illuminated, there may be an issue with the suspension.


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This icon represents self-levelling and/or active headlights. It relates to the high-intensity discharge headlights that self level. If the light stays illuminated, there may be an issue with the system.


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This indicates low-beam headlights are currently turned on. It could be illuminated in green, yellow or even red. Note: it will never be illuminated in blue, as that colour refers to high beam head lights.


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This signifies the high beam headlights are currently active. This warning light is always illuminated in a bright blue. If the light is always illuminated even when the high beams are not activated, there may be a fault with the lighting system.


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This light indicates the automatic high beam headlights are active. Automatic high beams turn on and off when other vehicles are detected on the road. The light may remain illuminated even during the day time.


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This illuminates when the front fog lights are on. This light differs from the rear fog light warning light by pointing towards the left with the horizontal lines angled slightly downward.


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This signifies the rear fog lights are currently on. A rear fog light is used in poor weather conditions like fog, rain or snow. It allows vehicles approaching from behind to see your car. It should not be used in good weather conditions.

 

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Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series next week! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to comment below or tweet us at @Advantage_Ford!

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This information was shared from AutoGuide’s 2015 article called “What Does That Light on My Dash Mean?”