Updated May 18th, 2017

Herndon, Virginia - Most of us are familiar with the various lights that illuminate on our instrument panel when we first start our car. These lights disappear only seconds after the car has been started, but it is important to be familiar with what these various symbols are and what they mean. After all, if one of those lights stay on well after you start your car, it is a sign that you will need to get your vehicle inspected and possibly repaired. Below is a handy guide to help you become familiar the different dashboard light icons, so that you will know how to respond if one of these warning lights stays illuminated.

Check Engine Light

This is perhaps the most enigmatic warning light, because after all, the engine is the most complex aspect of your vehicle. Normally when a check engine light illuminates, it is a sign that there is something amiss with one of your vehicle systems (e.g., emission control system, fuel injection, ignition system. etc.). When this light comes on, it doesn't mean that you have to immediately pull over on the side of the road, but you should definitely get the vehicle inspected as soon as possible. If the light stays solid, it is considered to be a "light warning", but if the light is blinking, the engine requires immediate attention.

TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System)

An illuminated TPMS light means that at least one of your tires has low air pressure, and that the pressure in all of your tires should be checked as soon as possible. There are occasions where the TPMS light comes on because the sensor itself may have malfunctioned; either way it goes, it will need to be examined by a professional technician to get an accurate assessment.

Brake System

When this light comes on, it typically means that either your parking brake is still engaged, your brake fluid is low, or something has gone awry with your anti-lock braking system (ABS). Double-check to ensure that the parking brake is off, and if this doesn't resolve the issue, get your brake system examined by a professional.

Oil Pressure Warning

This means that your engine has experienced a loss of oil pressure. This can be due to a myriad of reasons, so be sure to take your vehicle to an auto repair shop to have your oil level and oil pressure checked immediately.

Battery Alert

When the battery alert light comes on, it indicates that the voltage level of your vehicle's battery is below normal, and that there could be a problem with the charging system. Double check your alternator, battery terminals and general battery condition, and have the vehicle inspected by a professional technician if need be.

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*Always check your owner’s manual for your vehicle model’s specific instructions before attempting any type of repair.