Your car’s dashboard is stacked with different symbols. With so many icons to understand, comprehending what they all mean can feel like learning a new language. If you don’t know what your dashboard symbols stand for, you’re certainly not alone. Plenty of drivers are unaware of these functions. However, you can become a more educated, responsible driver by learning more about these icons and what to do if they turn on or stay on.

As a Louisiana or Texas car owner, it’s important to prepare yourself should any of your dashboard lights turn on when you’re behind the wheel. Your vehicle’s dashboard helps you stay safe by alerting you when there is a problem or notifying you when a specific function has been activated. So, what do all of these symbols mean? Let’s break them down:

Navy blue infographic with illuminated light blue text describing the meaning behind car dashboard symbols

Car Dashboard Symbols: What Do They Mean?

Battery Signal: indicates a problem with your battery or electrical system, like low battery voltage or a broken alternator belt. Check your battery cables and alternator belt, or drive to a local auto parts store or mechanic for a closer look.

Temperature Light: shows that your engine could be overheating. Pull over and stop your vehicle as soon as possible to check your coolant levels. Your engine cooling system should be checked for leaks as soon as possible.

Transmission Temperature Light: transmission is functioning at a high temperature due to hot transmission fluid. Check coolant level and transmission fluid level. Seek help from a technician if needed.

Oil Level Warning: signifies low levels of oil or an oil pump issue. Stop your car and check your oil level. If low, it’s time for an oil change. If your oil is consistently low after adding new oil, or you light stays on, your car needs to be examined by a professional.

Tire Pressure Signal: indicates low air pressure in at least one of your tires. Check your tires for leaks, or low tire pressure, and add air in any low tires to prevent a blowout. This could also signify an issue with a sensor, which can be reset by a mechanic.

Gas Cap Signal: indicates a loose gas cap. Tighten your gas cap. If it is broken, order a new one to ensure safe driving. A loose gas cap can also cause your check engine light to activate.

Check Engine Light: could signify a minor problem, like a loose gas cap, or other issues, such as emissions system problems or worn out spark plugs. If your check engine light flashes, there is an immediate issue that needs to be addressed. Check your owner’s manual, and try fixing any small issues first. If your check engine light stays on, a technician should inspect your vehicle as soon as possible.

Washer Fluid Light: signifies low washer fluid levels. Add washer fluid to maintain a clear windshield and prevent any accidents caused by visibility.

Brake System: indicates a potential problem with your brakes or notifies you that your parking brake is turned on. Check your brake fluid levels and see if your parking brake is turned on. If the warning light stays on, have your brake system inspected for leaks or other issues.

Master Warning Light: indicates at least one warning system has been activated. Typically, another dashboard light accompanies the master warning light to help you discover the problem. Check your fuel level, coolant level, tire pressure, fuel cap, battery voltage, or parking brake for any issues.

Now that you understand what your dashboard symbols stand for, you’ll become a more educated, confident driver, and, if needed, know when to pull over to request roadside assistance from your ABC Insurance Agencies car insurance policy. If you have any questions about your existing auto insurance policy or if you’re looking for more affordable coverage, ABC Insurance is here to help! Just call 800-708-0123, click, or visit a friendly agent near you to learn more about great car insurance options for Louisiana and Texas drivers. There’s always a better choice, we’ll find it!

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