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Car Dashboard Signs and their Meanings

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Your car symbols on the dashboard are important aspects of the car. It is not every time that you need to become nervous when you notice a sign on your vehicle’s dashboard. Of course, you may not need to become panicky in calling for automobile engineers immediately, it all depends on what sign you noticed.

To be certain about whether you should or not call/visit your engineers, it’s important to try to know exactly what the signs mean first.

In this article, in consultation with automobile engineers and robust researches, we bring to you the meanings of major symbols on those nice dashboards of yours and what you need to do in each circumstance. The list is inexhaustive. Read along.

 

  1. Airbag Indicator

The airbag indicator signals that something is wrong with one of your airbags or the system as a whole. Your car’s airbags keep you safe during accidents, so it’s important to address this issue immediately.

  1. Security Light

If your vehicle has an anti-theft system, this image means that something could be malfunctioning. This symbol also briefly lights up when you turn your vehicle on, which isn’t an indicator that something is wrong.

  1. Fog Lamp Indicator

This is specific to American specs vehicles but many other cars made in other countries also have it. When you see this symbol. It is simply telling you that your fog lights are on. Experts advise that fog lights should only be used if your visibility is less than 100 meters and that you should not turn them on unnecessarily, otherwise, it can be detrimental to other drivers on the road. Don’t worry if yours does not have the on/off function. You won’t be arrested for it anyway.

  1. Washer Fluid Indicator

Imitating the motion of your windshield wipers, this symbol means that you’re low on washer fluid. You’ll want to fill up the reservoir with fluid as soon as you can.

  1. Tire Pressure Warning Light

This is also known as the TPMS symbol, this image signals that the pressure in one or more of your tires is too low or too high and needs to be addressed. Driving on low- or high-pressure tires is unsafe and can cause additional damage to your vehicle. Usually, tire pressure should be between 30 and 35 psi (pounds per square inch). If you are fond of pumping your tyres between 40 and above, you are putting too much pressure on them and endangering lives.

  1. Engine Temperature Warning

If you see this symbol pops up, it means that your engine is overheated. This most likely has to do with your coolant (also called antifreeze), but it can happen for a variety of reasons. It’s important to address this immediately to avoid further damage to the vehicle.

  1. Traction Control Light

This indicates that your vehicle’s traction control system is activated. The traction control system utilizes your anti-lock brake system to determine if one wheel is spinning faster than another. If it detects that a wheel is slipping, it applies the brakes until it regains traction. This is most helpful if you’re driving in rain or snow.

  1. Oil Pressure Light

This old fashioned oil can image indicates that there is an issue with your car’s oil pressure system. Either you’re running low on oil or your oil pump isn’t circulating enough fluid to properly lubricate the surfaces inside your vehicle. This should be addressed as soon as possible, as your engine can wear quickly without proper lubrication.

  1. Anti-lock Braking System Warning Light

The anti-lock braking system (ABS) is a safety anti-skid braking system primarily used on aircraft but also on land vehicles, such as cars, motorcycles, trucks, and buses. ABS operates by preventing the wheels from locking up during braking, thereby maintaining tractive contact with the road surface.

Speaking of your anti-lock brakes, if this “ABS” warning lights up while you’re driving, it means that something is wrong with the system. As you know, your anti-lock brakes work to keep your car in contact with the road safely, so it’s important to diagnose the issue as soon as possible. Keep in mind, every time you turn on your vehicle, the system does a self-check, and may light up for just a few seconds. If it goes away immediately, your system is in working order.

  1. Engine Warning (Check Engine Light)

Your check engine light may appear for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, it can indicate a serious issue and require you to pull over immediately. This could indicate low oil pressure or overheating. Other times, this light will appear if your gas cap is open, loose, or cracked, causing fuel to evaporate.

If this light appears, it’s wise to pull over and check your gas cap and other systems in your vehicle. If it’s flashing, you should definitely stop driving! In most vehicles, a flashing check engine light signals that you have a serious problem that could cause serious damage if ignored.

  1. Battery Alert

This symbol indicates that there is an issue with the vehicle’s charging system. Interestingly enough, the culprit might not be your battery. While it might indicate that you have a loose or damaged battery cable, it can also signal that your alternator belt is broken. If it is your battery, occasionally you’ll notice that your clock is fading or your headlights are dimming. If you wait too long, your vehicle can completely conk out. This is what has happened when you see fellow drivers “jumping” each other’s cars.

  1. Traction Control Malfunction

This light indicates that your vehicle’s traction control system might have a broken or damaged sensor or some other malfunction.  In some cars, the same control module operates the anti-lock brakes and the traction control system, so the light sometimes comes on when there are problems with your ABS.

  1. Low Fuel Indicator

This looks like your ATM, right? Most drivers are very familiar with this symbol. It simply means you’re running low on gas and may actually need to stop by the ATM to get some cash at hand. It’s not a good idea to see if you can make it home if you have a ways to go. You never know how weather or traffic patterns will play out, so it’s best to stop at the nearest gas station and fill up!

  1. Seat Belt Reminder

This symbol is simply reminding you or your passenger to buckle up! According to the CDC, seat belts decrease serious crash-related injuries by about 50%.

  1. Automatic Shift Lock or Engine Start Indicator

If you see this symbol, you’re most likely trying to shift gears or start your ignition without engaging the brake. The automatic shift lock will lock your vehicle in park or neutral until you engage the brake. This feature is, however, specific to some vehicles than the others. That’s all for now. Have a cosy ride and always check us out at the trendschecker!

Jacob writes for Trends Checker about icons and popular personalities, featuring their good, bad, and ugly. Follow Jacob's and articles and posts on Trends Checker.

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Cloudflare said its Sunday morning outage affecting numerous websites was due to an IP outage by internet service provider CenturyLink. According to a tweet from CenturyLink, all affected services have been restored as of 11:15 AM Eastern Time.

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