Ten Most Common Dashboard Lights and Icons | Vestal NY | Binghamton, Elmira & Ithaca

You probably have experienced that moment of panic when a light appears on your dashboard. . At Serafini Nissan, we want all of our customers to feel peace of mind on the road at all times. For this reason, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common dashboard lights and the issues they indicate. Should you have any questions, be sure to read your owner's manual or call us.

Warning Lights Vs. Indicator Lights

There are two types of lights that may show up on your dashboard. Warning lights are urgent and need to be addressed immediately. Indicator lights reveal an issue that must be serviced or repaired soon, so drive carefully. Be sure to consult your owner's manual for any questions regarding color or urgency of a particular light.

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So What Do They Mean?

Check Engine or Malfunction Indicator Light

Check Engine or Malfunction Indicator Light

These lights illuminate when the vehicle senses a problem with the engine, which may lead to the system operating abnormally. As soon as possible, bring your vehicle in for an inspection.

Coolant Temperature Warning Light

Coolant Temperature Warning Light

This light tells you that the engine temperature is higher than it should be. If possible, stop the vehicle to let the engine cool down and then have it inspected as soon as possible.

Oil Pressure Warning Light

Oil Pressure Warning Light

Your oil level is low if this light illuminates. Stop right away, and check your oil level.

Battery/Charging Warning Light

Battery/Charging Warning Light

When you see this light come on, it may indicate issues with your battery. This may be caused by faulty wiring or a broken fan belt.. Stop and quickly seek professional assistance.

Door Ajar Indicator Light

Door Ajar Indicator Light

If this light comes on, a door or the trunk may be slightly ajar. Check these before continuing to drive.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System Light

Tire Pressure Monitoring System Light

This light warns you that your tire pressure is low. Once you fix the inflation pressure, the light should disappear in a few minutes.

Brake System Light

Brake System Light

When you see this light, there are a few possibilities: the parking brake is on, there is an issue with the braking system, the brake fluid level is low or there is an ABS problem. Check to see if the parking brake is released and have the brake fluid examined.

Traction Control Indicator Light

Traction Control Indicator Light

This light indicates that your vehicle's traction control is in use, warning that road conditions are slippery.

Security Indicator Light

Security Indicator Light

If this light turns on and there are no security issues, then the system has probably malfunctioned.

Cruise Control Indicator Light

Cruise Control Indicator Light

This light shows when the cruise control feature is turned on.

If you have further questions regarding a light on in your dashboard, stop in to see us at Serafini Nissan located at 3101 Vestal Parkway E, Vestal, NY 13850, or give us a call today. We look forward to serving customers from Binghamton, Elmira & Ithaca.