There are a lot of different lights on the dashboard, and it can be unnerving when one lights up unexpectedly, especially if you don’t have an extended vehicle warranty. Here are some suggestions for what to do when common dashboard lights are illuminated.
- Check Engine – If you just left the gas station, you probably just didn’t put the gas cap back on properly. Pull over and make sure the cap is on tight. Hopefully, the light will go off in a little while. If the light stays on or you are hearing or feeling anything that causes concern, it is time to head to the shop.
- Check Battery – This isn’t necessarily a problem with the battery. It can be anywhere in the electrical system including wiring or an issue with the alternator. Unless you are really good with electrical systems and have the proper testing equipment, you will probably need to head to the shop to find out what is wrong.
- Temperature Gauge – This can indicate that the engine is overheating, but it may also mean you are low on coolant. You need to stop immediately when the car overheats to give it time to cool down or things will start burning out fast. Don’t add coolant until the engine has had time to cool off. If the light keeps coming on, it is time to have the cooling system checked by a professional.
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It can be nerve-wracking when dashboard lights come on. They may all just look like dollar signs indicating how much this is about to cost you. But there’s no need to fear if you invested in the right vehicle service contract from Vehicle Service Center. Get your free quote today by calling 1-800-280-6708 or by submitting our online request form.