Luxury vehicles these days are smart! There are computers, sensors, monitors, and more all throughout the vehicle. And the dashboard is the collective hub that relays all the information and data to you. It can actually be a little overwhelming sometimes. But fear not. Read on for five dashboard lights to understand and get checked.
Oil Pressure Light
You know the little oil can that makes you flashback to the Tinman from The Wizard of Oz? That little light is the oil pressure light and provides critical data. If this indicator comes on, stop driving if possible. If not, avoid driving fast or uphill if feasible, and investigate as soon as you can.
The oil pressure light means you aren’t getting enough oil to lubricate the parts. (This is not a good thing!) Without proper lubrication, your engine could seize up. It’s possible there is an issue with the pump or you have insufficient oil in your car.
Check your oil level. If it’s low, add some oil and see if the light goes out. If so, continue monitoring to see if there’s a leak or an ongoing problem. If the oil level is adequate, get it checked out by a trusted mechanic immediately for diagnosis and repair.
This light can be very stress-inducing. Though the problem may not be your actual battery. It could be a loose connection, corroded posts, a dying battery, or an issue with the alternator. If you start to see dimming lights, the key FOB won’t work, or the engine won’t start, getting your battery charged or checked is key.
And while a dying battery is annoying, it’s not the worst thing in the world. Granted, it won’t drive. But it’s not going to damage the vehicle or risk you harm. That being said, if the battery is a few years old, get it tested at your local automotive store, especially before embarking on a road trip.
Tire Pressure Warning Light
Luxury vehicles nowadays come with sensors on each wheel to monitor tire pressure. Sensors can let you know if you have less than the optimal tire pressure level in each tire (and what the level is!).
When this light comes on, walk around and check the tires indicated on the dashboard. If a tire is flat, it will be obvious. A low tire could be as simple as cold temperatures.
If the pressure is within a pound or two of optimal levels, you’re probably fine. If the temperatures are cold outside, the air in your tires has contracted. Adding a little extra air isn’t a bad idea. Just don’t exceed the recommended PSI.
Anti-Lock Brake System
If you see “ABS” with a circle and parentheses, this is a warning regarding your anti-lock brakes. Take this light seriously! If this light comes on while driving (not slamming on your brakes), get to a mechanic ASAP for diagnosis and potential repair. The light may mean something is wrong with your brake systems. Towing is best for this light instead of continuing to drive your vehicle.
If your brakes fail while driving in traffic or inclement weather, the outcome could be disastrous.
Check Engine Light
Ah, the favorite of every driver ever…the infamous “Check Engine Light”! This vague light is kind of a catch-all for anything wrong with the car that doesn’t fall under the neat heading of another warning light. It could be major. Or it could be as simple as not having tightened the gas cap last time you put fuel in the vehicle.
Check the gas cap first. (Seriously… it could be this easy!) If the gas cap is on and tight, stop by an auto parts store or your trusted mechanic for a quick hook-up to a diagnostic machine.
If your check engine light is flashing, do not pass go, do not collect $200. Go straight to the mechanic. Flashing light means something could be very wrong and requires immediate professional attention.
Keep Your Luxury Vehicle in Top Condition
Keep your luxury vehicle in top condition in body and operation. Pay attention to the dashboard lights. And if bodywork is required, contact European Collision Repair. We are certified and trained to repair and restore your vehicle. Call to schedule an appointment or use our online mobile tool to start your free estimate now.