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Advice & Tips - Dash Board Warning Lights

Most vehicles now tend to look like Blackpool illuminations when you switch on your ignition, with the amount of lights that can be there.

Engine management, abs, air bag, traction control, brake fluid level, disc pad wear indicators etc.

There are also the usual ones you may know such as alternator and oil pressure lights.

When you turn the ignition key on normally all the lights carry out a self test of their systems and then go out if everything is okay, though some only go out after the engine has been started or after the vehicle has been driven a short distance.

Most of the time your lights will be off, but occasionally you may see the odd light come on.

It’s easy to panic, especially if you’re not sure what the light may mean, it’s worth looking through your handbook to see what the symbol means if you don’t know or if you don’t have a handbook then contacting your normal garage is your other option.

Seeing lights come on for no apparent reason can be a cause for concern, and obviously to prevent the possibility of an accident, especially when the brake, abs, traction control lights come on, it is wise to get them looked at sooner rather than later.

With regard to the engine management lights coming on, if left without further investigation, this could lead to heavier fuel consumption or possibly a hefty engine repair bill.


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