Diagnosing Common Car Problems

Diagnosing Common Car Problems

Car Problems - Brake Light Is On or Noisy Brakes

Car Problems - Brake Light Is On or Noisy Brakes

Car Problems - Oil Light Comes On While Driving

Car Problems - Oil Light Comes On While Driving

Car Problems - Temperature Gauge Running Hot

Car Problems - Temperature Gauge Running Hot

Car Problems - Steering Wheel Wobbles at High Speeds

Car Problems - Steering Wheel Wobbles at High Speeds

Car Problems - Uneven Tire Wear

Car Problems - Uneven Tire Wear

Car Problems - What Do the Different Dashboard Lights Mean?

Car Problems - What Do the Different Dashboard Lights Mean?

Car Problems - What Do the Other Dashboard Lights Mean?

Car Problems - What Do the Other Dashboard Lights Mean?

Car Problems - What Do the Other Dashboard Lights Mean?

Car Problems - What Do the Other Dashboard Lights Mean?

Car Problems - What Do the Different Dashboard Lights Mean?

Car Problems - What Do the Different Dashboard Lights Mean?

Car Problems - Uneven Tire Wear

Car Problems - Uneven Tire Wear

Car Problems - Steering Wheel Wobbles at High Speeds

Car Problems - Steering Wheel Wobbles at High Speeds

Car Problems - Temperature Gauge Running Hot

Car Problems - Temperature Gauge Running Hot

Car Problems - Oil Light Comes On While Driving

Car Problems - Oil Light Comes On While Driving

Car Problems - Brake Light Is On or Noisy Brakes

Car Problems - Brake Light Is On or Noisy Brakes

Diagnosing Common Car Problems

Diagnosing Common Car Problems

Improving Gas Mileage - Things to Do While Driving

Improving Gas Mileage - Things to Do While Driving

Improving Gas Mileage - Fuel Injection and Spark Plugs

Improving Gas Mileage - Fuel Injection and Spark Plugs

Improving Gas Mileage - Clean Air Filter

Improving Gas Mileage - Clean Air Filter

Improving Gas Mileage - Wheel Alignment

Improving Gas Mileage - Wheel Alignment

Improving Gas Mileage - Tires

Improving Gas Mileage - Tires

How to Improve Gas Mileage

How to Improve Gas Mileage

How To Check Boat Safety Items

How To Check Boat Safety Items

Maintenance Points To Check For Boating Safety

Maintenance Points To Check For Boating Safety

How To Meet Legal Boating Requirements

How To Meet Legal Boating Requirements

Check The Overall Condition Of A Boat

Check The Overall Condition Of A Boat

How To Pay A Fair Price For Auto Repair

How To Pay A Fair Price For Auto Repair

Prepare A Car For Extended Storage

Prepare A Car For Extended Storage

How To Replace A Service Kit On An Adjustable Angle Clamp-In Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensor

How To Replace A Service Kit On An Adjustable Angle Clamp-In Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensor

How To Install And Remove A Banded Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensor

How To Install And Remove A Banded Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensor

Understanding Relearn Procedures For Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

Understanding Relearn Procedures For Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

Service Tips For Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

Service Tips For Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

How To Replace A Service Kit On A Fixed Angle Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensor

How To Replace A Service Kit On A Fixed Angle Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensor

How To Inspect A Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensor And Valve Stem

How To Inspect A Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensor And Valve Stem

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Car Problems - What Do the Different Dashboard Lights Mean?

John Linden, Master ASE Certified Technician, and North America Training Manager for Midas, discusses what some of the different dashboard lights mean.

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John Linden: Hi! I'm John Linden, Master ASE Certified Technician and North America Training Manager for Midas International Corporation. Today I'd like to talk to talk to you about some of the common dashboard lights and what they mean. The oil light icon looks like an oil bottle with oil dripping out of it it. If the oil light comes on, it is an indication of low to no oil pressure. Oil should not leak out of an engine normally. Driving with the oil light on could cause major damage and lead to expensive repairs. The Check engine light icon looks like an engine, if this light comes on it usually indicates a problem with the emission control system. If this happened you should take your vehicle to a qualified shop that has the proper tools to diagnose and repair emission problems. The car's computer sets a code so the technician has a starting point to enable him to diagnose the problem. The red Brake warning light icon it looks like a circle with an exclamation point (!

) inside of it. All vehicles manufactured since 1966 they've had a red brake warning light that indicates to the driver that there is a problem in the hydraulic system of the brakes. Red means danger, so if the light is on you need to have the brakes checked immediately. Some vehicles use the red brake warning light for the parking brake. So before you get too concerned check to make sure the parking brake is off. The ABS or Antilock Brake System light icon is a circle with a letters ABS inside of it. ABS monitors the speed of each wheel when the brakes are applied. If one or more wheels were going faster than the other, it applies or releases that specific brake electronically even out the braking. When you're in a hard or an emergency stop it electronically pumps the brakes to prevent the wheels from locking up and skidding. This is a great safety feature, to know that if the ABS light is on the ABS system is not working properly. Although pedal may feel alright the ABS system needs to be checked as soon as possible. The windshield washer fluid level indicator icon looks like a windshield with two lines going through the top. It let's you know that you're low on windshield washer fluid. Some people use water instead of windshield washer fluid. All it'll work it is not a good idea, windshield washer fluid is formulated with a cleaning agent, and it also lowers the freeze point so it won't freeze in the winter months. Now that you know what these common dashboard lights represent you'll be more prepared to handle each one.