Whether you’re driving a manual or an automatic shift leased vehicle, it is important to understand what those dashboard lights signify… and indeed what you must do when they start blinking at you.
These ten important dashboard warning lights can help you to anticipate a potential car malfunction… or even full-on failure:
When this warning light flashes, it either indicates that you are low on brake fluid or that there is something wrong with the braking system. Do not delay and seek professional help right away to fix the problem.
ABS Warning Light
No, it does not mean the ones in your midsection! When the anti-lock/anti-skid brake warning system illuminates, you will still have normal braking abilities – but additional safety features will be switched off. Drive slowly and carefully until you get professional help.
Engine Control Unit (ECU)
The Engine Warning Light starts blinking when there is an emissions fault or if there is something wrong with the running conditions of the vehicle. These unusual symptoms can trigger the alert:
- Lack of power
- Intermittent stuttering through pressing the accelerator
- Faulty electrical sensor
Do not neglect any of the signs when this warning light starts flashing. Have a professional mechanic give the vehicle the once over to prevent any further damage to your leased car.
Coolant Warning Light
Stop the car immediately or at least pull over to the side of the road when this warning light starts flashing. Either the coolant levels are low or the engine is overheating. More serious problems could be caused by a head gasket failure or a leak in the engine system. Check the gauge to fix the problem.
Oil Pressure Warning Light
This means that the oil temperature is too high or too low. Seek a professional’s help to ensure the correct oil levels to prevent any expensive damage.
When your car’s power steering light illuminates, there is something wrong with the steering system. This will likely cause the steering wheel to feel heavy, which will make manoeuvring at higher speeds more challenging and dangerous.
Airbag Warning Light
This warning light means that the airbags are not working properly. Get the car checked to ensure that the they will function efficiently in the event of a crash – or if they are likely to randomly deploy.
Diesel Particulate Filter Warning Light
The Diesel Particulate Filter Warning Lights will be triggered when your diesel engine vehicle starts releasing harmful soot and toxic black clouds of smoke from the exhaust. This can cause serious damage to your engine and your DPF might get clogged – which can be quite expensive to repair or replace.
Tyre Pressure Monitor
Drive to the nearest petrol station and inflate your tyres to the correct tyre pressure – as stipulated in the vehicle’s manual.
Battery Charge Warning Light
The battery warning light could go off for various reasons:
- Electrical system issues
- Faulty alternator
- Faulty battery
- Bad connection or damaged cabling in the engine bay
If the battery warning light does not disappear after a few seconds of starting the engine, you must get the car battery’s electrical system checked for loose wiring.
Keep your eyes peeled… the dashboard will alert you to any tell-tale signs of a potential car problem. Call +44(0) 117 908 2000 and let ALD Automotive help you with your vehicle leasing concerns and car maintenance needs.