Dashboard Lights and Icons

What Do the Lights on My Dashboard Mean in Livermore, CA?

What Do the Lights on My Dashboard Mean in Livermore, CA?

Here at Livermore Subaru, we feel it's perfectly okay if you don't know what all those lights mean on your dashboard. Most drivers don't. We're here to explain some of the more common dashboard lights and indicators that you'll typically see. While some are harmless, like a high beam indicator, other indicators can give warning to more serious issues. That's why it's important to know what those lights on your dash mean. For more specific information about your particular make and model, consult your owner's manual. Keep reading to learn more about the most common dashboard indicators.

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Check Engine or Malfunction Indicator Light

This is one you definitely should not ignore. It means your vehicle has found an issue with the engine, and it might lead to the system functioning abnormally. There are several reasons why this light can turn on, so be sure to bring your vehicle to a professional as soon as possible for an inspection.

Coolant Temperature Warning Light

The temperature of your vehicle's engine has become abnormally high. Stop the car and turn off the engine so it can cool down immediately.

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Oil Pressure Warning Light

This light means the oil pressure in your vehicle is low. It's time to get an oil change and an inspection.

Battery/Charging Warning Light

If you see this light come on, pop the hood. The battery voltage level is low, possibly because of faulty wiring, a broken fan belt or even the age of the battery. If you don't find anything wrong, seek professional help.

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Door Ajar Indicator Light

This one is simple. It means one of the doors or the trunk isn't closed all the way, so double check all of your doors.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System Light

One or more of your tires requires more pressure, which means you should find a gas station with an air pump. Consult your owner's manual, pump your tires and check the poundage with a tire pressure gauge. The light should turn off shortly.

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Brake System Light

This light can mean one of four issues: your parking brake is on while driving, the brake fluid is low, there's an ABS problem or there is a bigger problem with the braking system. Release the parking brake and have your brake fluid checked.

Traction Control Indicator Light

The roads are slick because of rain. This light will come on when your car’s traction control is in use during inclement weather.

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Security Indicator Light

This light means there's a malfunction in the security system. Make an appointment with your local dealer for an inspection.

Cruise Control Indicator Light

Cruise control has been activated.

If your car is ready for its regularly scheduled maintenance, or if your car needs more extensive repairs, visit Livermore Subaru at 3600 Las Positas Road, Livermore, CA 94551 or give us a call to set up your appointment. We look forward to serving customers near Alamo, San Ramon, Dublin and the Tri-Valley Area.