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by Eddie Carrara
Dashboard warning lights, do you know what it means when they illuminate? Car manufacturers use warning-light icons to describe what system is in use or what system has a malfunction. Just because a dashboard warning light illuminates doesn't mean there is a problem in that system; sometimes, it's part of a routine check.
All of the warning light should illuminate when the ignition is in the run position; this is called a bulb check. If there is a problem with any light bulbs, another system will alert you that there is a bulb problem in the instrument panel.
The best resource for this information would be in the owner's manual. Still, because you're here, you probably don't have one, and that's why I created this totally awesome dashboard warning lightmap, so you could quickly identify what all these crazy lights mean.
I don't understand how the manufacturers develop these icons because some of the icons are blatantly horrible resemblances of the actual system. Still, I'm not on the board of directors, so I don't have much say in the matter. I'm just here to help you decipher which lights do what and why.
So let's take a look at the image above. I graciously numbered all the icons so I could explain each of the dashboard warning lights.
Starting at the top of the picture and moving clockwise, I will explain each one, sorry this picture isn't as cool as the last one, but it is still pretty awesome, don't you think? :)
Headlights are on, you guessed it, your headlights are on, pretty simple.
ABS or anti-lock brake warning light will usually illuminate when your brake system is low on brake fluid or a problem with the ABS.
Seat belt warning light will illuminate if there is a problem in the system or as a warning to fasten your seat belts.
Transmission is in third gear. This light will illuminate when the transmission has been shifted into third gear manually by either moving the shift lever or hitting the button in the shift lever.
The door is open. Again, pretty self-explanatory, one of the vehicle's doors is not closed completely.
SRS or Airbag warning light. This light should never be on unless the system is doing a bulb check or there's a problem in the system. If your light is on, have it checked asap.
Brake warning light. When this light is on, the brake warning light has three possible causes: low brake fluid, the float in the brake reservoir is not working or damaged, or the parking brake is on.
Fog lights are on. I guess your fog lights are on. You can either turn them off or leave them on :)
With all these fantastic pictures and definitions, I hope I cleared up some of your confusion. Dashboard warning lights can get scary if you're not sure why they're on, so I'm glad you stopped by to find out more information about them. Let me know if you have any questions or if you're still confused about a warning light. Just leave a comment in the box below, and I will get back to you soon thanks.