Car Warning Lights
We have covered this subject before some time ago but due to the current financial crisis and people looking to save money where ever possible it seems prudent to reiterate how important the warning lights are on your car. We all see these lights from time to time but it is amazing how many people just ignore them, only to find that shortly after their car gives up the ghost and dies on them, often due to the lack of maintenance or ignoring the warning lights igniting.
As cars have become more and more sophisticated the number of possible faults that can arise has grown significantly, along with the number of different warning lights that might flash up on the dashboard, these can be very scary but they need not be so. With a little help and understanding you may be able to save yourself money and avoid potential severe damage to your car if you take notice of the warnings given by it. After all, cars, like computers can be very complex and most people would be lost without a computer. Your car is no different.
If a warning light appears (or fails to extinguish after you’ve started the engine) depending on the light you should either stop as soon as possible or get the error fixed as soon as possible. If you know what the light means and act fast you could save time and money.
Oil pressure warning light
This light, perhaps the most common and well known, should illuminate when the ignition is switched on and should go out once the engine starts. If the light stays on after starting or illuminates during a journey, stop immediately, switch off the engine and check the engine oil level. Top up straight away if the level is low. If the warning lamp illuminates, even though the oil level is correct, do not start the engine, contact your mechanic or garage immediately.
Battery charge warning light
This light should illuminate when the ignition is switched on and should go out as soon as the engine starts. If it does not illuminate at all, or if it illuminates while driving, your battery is not being charged, so the most likely problem is that there is a fault with your charging system.
This may be due to one of the following;
* slack battery or starter terminals
* a broken or loose alternator drive belt
* an alternator failure
If the drive belt is broken, it must be replaced before you restart the engine. The coolant system may rely on this belt and its failure could cause the engine to overheat, in turn causing engine damage, which is normally quite expensive. Immediately move the car to a safe location and turn off the engine. Do not restart the engine until you have sought professional assistance.