When a dashboard warning light comes on in your vehicle, sometimes it’s unclear what exactly it’s referring too. The best way to avoid this confusion is to consult with your car’s owner’s manual, but you should also have a general idea of what common dashboard light warnings look like. Here’s a short list of common warnings and what they mean.
Picture of engine: This warning means that the car has detected something amiss with the engine. To have it diagnosed, you typically need to take your vehicle to a service center, like the one at JAB Automotive LLC, and have them check the engine with a scan tool.
Picture of battery with + and – signs: This icon means that the car’s battery is below the normal charge level and may not be charging correctly. You will want to have the battery checked as soon as possible before it dies completely.
Tire with exclamation point: This symbol means that the car has detected low air pressure within your tires. Sometimes, this warning is tripped by changes in outdoor temperatures, but you will want to check to make sure.
Car with wrench: This indicator light tells you that there is a lighting or electrical problem with your vehicle. You will want to check all the lights; if all appear in working order, it may indicate a traction control issue.
We at JAB Automotive LLC are experts on dashboard light meanings and would be glad to help diagnose what’s wrong with your car if you bring it to our service center.
Buying a used car from JAB Automotive LLC is a great way to get the most value for your money. We always have a fresh, wide selection of affordable used vehicles in great condition. These days, cars are built to last for a long time—especially if you take care of them following a strict maintenance schedule.
General Maintenance Needs
No two cars are created equal, but there are some things that every vehicle needs to stay in good condition—oil changes being one of the major needs every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Alignments should also be performed at these intervals.
In addition to scheduling regular oil and filter changes, it’s good to get into the habit of looking at all of your vehicle’s fluid levels on a regular basis. All vehicles will run through fluids eventually, just like all vehicles will see eventual wear to the battery, belts, and other mechanical parts. Regular inspections under the hood can help you get to know how your vehicle is doing.
Where to Find the Recommended Maintenance Schedule
A manufacturer-recommended schedule for car maintenance specific to your vehicle is right under your nose in the owner’s manual. This is your key to the suggested time or mileage between oil changes and other regular tasks, like belt changes and other fluid flushes.
JAB Automotive LLC has a nine-bay service department ready to assist you in your used car maintenance so that you and your vehicle can have a happy and healthy life together. Call us today to set up an appointment!