What Is That Car Warning Light?
Posted on January 19, 2021
No one likes peering down at the display and seeing a car warning light or indicator. We've all had it happen, and usually, you just want to ignore it and hope that it goes away. While this might be your first reaction, it's not a great idea to make it a habit.
The experts at Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, RAM, or Fiat install advanced warning features for a reason and you need to take them seriously. Unfortunately, these lights or indicators can sometimes be a touch confusing, that's why North York Chrysler thought it would be a great idea to review some of them in detail. See the chart below for many of the common ones.
ABS - Anti-Lock Warning Light/Indicator
If the Anti-Lock Car Warning Light comes back on immediately after starting or while driving, it indicates that the anti-lock portion of your brake system is not functioning. If you also see a Brake Warning Light, this is an indication that your entire braking system could be compromised and that you need to bring it into a service centre, like the one at North York Chrysler, as soon as possible.
((!)) - BRAKE
The brake warning light indicates one of three situations: the parking brake has not been released, the brake fluid is low, or you have a possible hydraulic system malfunction. If the light stays on after you top off the fluid, you probably have a brake malfunction. Never ignore this warning light, it always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your brakes.
MIL - Malfunction Indicator Light
Most modern vehicles have a Malfunction Indicator Light. It is part of the onboard diagnostic system called that monitors engine and automatic transmission control systems. The light will illuminate when the key is in the ON/RUN position before you start the engine. If this indicator does not come on when turning the key from OFF to ON/RUN, have the condition checked promptly.
(ESC) - Electronic Stability Control Activation/ Malfunction Indicator Light
The Electronic Stability Control Activation/Malfunction Indicator is a general warning that will light up when the ignition switch is turned to the ON/RUN position. If it does not go out when the vehicle is running, then you have a major problem and it needs to be inspected.
OIL - Oil Pressure Warning light
When this light is illuminated your engine oil pressure is dangerously low. It is important to stop the vehicle as soon as is safely possible and shut off the engine. Under no circumstances should the vehicle should not be driven any further without professional help.
(- +) - Charging System Warning Light
This warning light is an indication that your battery will be completely depleted. Often the culprit is a broken or loose alternator belt or perhaps the alternator itself.
(Seat Belt) Seat Belt Reminder Light
With the proliferation of seat belt laws now on the books, please do not ignore this warning. It is just good common sense. As well, many of the new and pre-owned vehicles sold at North York Chrysler won't start if your seat belt is not fastened.
(AIR BAG) - Air Bag Warning Light
The air bag warning light indicates a system or component failure that can compromise you and your passenger's safety. It could also be a circuit problem so the best thing to do is to have it checked ASAP.
While there are other more obvious warning lights that indicate that a system is engaged (Fog Light, High Beam, Fuel Door Reminder) the experts in the Service Centre at CarHub strongly believe that you should never ignore any warning lights or indicators.
To learn more about your particular Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, RAM, or Fiat vehicle's warning system, please consult your owner's manual or contact North York Chrysler today.
HOW CAN I LOOK AFTER MY BRAKES?
You should check your Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM or FIAT's brake fluid once a month. Look for the brake master cylinder on the upper right side of the engine compartment. You should be able to see the fluid level through the transparent tank. Brake fluid depletes very gradually, so if you notice a sharp drop, get your brake system checked.
"Brakes are a normal wear item for any car, so sooner or later they're going to need replacement."-Car Care council
We rely on our brakes to keep us out of trouble. Yet most of us know relatively little about how to look after the and how to recognize that they need attention. Here are some warning signs.
WHAT IS THAT SQUEAL?
If you hear a high-pitched noise while you are driving and without applying your brakes, it is usually a sign that your brake pads are worn down and need replacing.
WHAT IS THAT GRINDNG SOUND?
A metal on metal sound while applying your brakes usually means your brake pads are completely worn. This will damage your drums or rotors and markedly reduce braking effectiveness.
WHY IS MY VEHICLE PULLING TO ONE SIDE?
If your calipers are sticking or worn, it can cause your car to pull either left to right when you brake.
STEERING AND DRIVING SAFETY
Why is my steering pulling to left or right?
Your suspension may be out of alignment. Unequal tire pressure may also be the cause.
Why is the steering wobbling?
Your tires could be the problem. Check to see that your tire pressures are the same and inspect your tires for any damage. If you feel vibrations through the steering wheel, a tire may be out of balance.
Why is the steering suddenly heavy?
If it takes for effort to turn the wheel, you may have lost your power steering belt or run out of power steering fluid.
If you notice any of these warning signs, speak to your Chrysler, Jeep , dodge specialist immediately.
How do I look after my steering?
Outside of your scheduled maintenance visits, you should check your power steering fluid once a month.
Your owner's manual will show you where to find the power steering reservoir. There is a dipstick in the cap. Check to see if the fluid is within the correct range. If you have to add the fluid more then once a year, You may have a leak.
STEERING AND DRIVING SAFETY
"If you have to add the fluid more then once or twice a year the you may want to get your system checked for leaks. These systems are easily damaged if you drive when the fluid is low.
Problems with your steering occur gradually sp pay attention to changes in the way your car handles, especially when you turn the wheel. Here are the most common warning signs.
WHAT IS THAT GROWLING NOISE?
If your steering growls when you turn the wheel, your power steering fluid may be low. You may have a leak in the power steering system.
WHAT IS THAT BUZZING?
If your steering buzzes when you turn at slow speeds, it may be caused by low power steering fluid.
WHAT IS THAT SQUEALING?
If you hear a high-pitched squeal, your drive belt is probably slipping on the power steering unit.
WHAT IS THAT MOANING?
If you hear a moaning sound when you turn the wheel, your power steering pump may be about to fail.
WHY IS IT DIFFICULT TO STEER?
If you have too much play or looseness in the steering, it may indicate worn parts.
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