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Dashboard warning lights, what do they mean for you?

17/12/20

We’ve all been behind the wheel when a light pops up on our dashboard resulting in slight panic whilst you contemplate what will need to be fixed. When this happens you may be thinking ‘does this need to be booked in’ or ‘can I carry on?’ Most often people will choose the latter and take the stance of just carrying on. However, are you aware of the detrimental effects that this can have on your car? 

The warning lights that can pop up often depends on the type of vehicle you have, the age and the type of oil your vehicle takes. Most of these lights do not require you to go into a state of panic and are simply an alert that there is part of the car that would require certain attention. Nevertheless, these signs should never be ignored for periods of time and should be looked into by a professional garage to ensure that your car is safe to drive. 

Here are some of the most common lights that pop up, all should be attended to so please feel free to call us so we can fix this issue for you. 

Engine Management Warning Light 

This warning light can pop up for most cars, old or new. Your car is warning you of engine management issues which could be due to a number of reasons either electrical or mechanical. Ignoring this could have serious issues further down the line, creating a costly bill for you at the end. So it is best to take your car to a trustworthy garage where they will diagnose and fix the problem for you. 

Air Bag Warning Light 

Although an airbag warning light will not affect how your car drives, it will have a serious effect on both yours and your passenger’s safety within the vehicle. An airbag warning light can indicate that there is a malfunction within the system, meaning, it may not deploy when needed if you were to crash or it could even deploy while you are driving. 

Brake Lights

Not one to be missed or ignored, the brake light indicates a fault within the braking system which could lead to causing an accident and putting your safety at risk, as well as the safety of other road users. It is important to book in your vehicle as soon as this light shows to avoid any danger. 

Ad-Blue Refill 

An important light for diesel car owners, if your Ad-Blue runs out your engine will not start, so this is not one to ignore and is a simple fix. Our top tip for topping up Ad-Blue is to make sure that the engine is still running so that you don’t overfill, if the Ad-Blue has been topped up too much, the car will not be able to register that it has been fixed. 

If you have a light show on your dashboard, please don’t delay or hesitate to contact us, we will be more than happy to help no matter the job. Phone us on 020 8466 7849 or email info@bromleycarrepairs.co.uk