A Guide to Dashboard Warning Lights

January 29th, 2015 by


One of the most unsettling things that can arise when you are on the road is when a warning indicator pops on your vehicle’s dashboard. When this occurs, it’s important to understand what the meaning of the light is that way it can help you determine the problem.

From there it’s important to receive professional service to ensure your vehicle won’t have reoccurring issues. This is why it’s important to find a trusted resource to bring your car to when you need service. We here at McCluskey Chevrolet take pride in delivering exceptional service because we employ technicians that have a wealth of experience. This can give you confidence in knowing you are having a reputable technician work on your vehicle.

What is more, we offer a wide range of services that make us a great destination for all your vehicle needs. Whether you need to buy new tires in Cincinnati, do an oil change or more extensive work on your vehicle, we have the equipment and expertise to do the job well. During the process we are more than happy to address any questions or concerns you may have. We do this because we want you to feel comfortable with the services we provide that way you have peace of mind when getting back on the road.

When you encounter a dashboard warning light, here is a guide to what those lights mean and what you should do when they pop up.

Check Engine Light

The check engine light indicates there could be something wrong with one of the components of your vehicle’s engine such as its fuel cap or spark plugs. Even if you notice the vehicle running well at the time the light comes on, it is best to bring it in so our technicians can run diagnostics to identify the problem. By failing to address this issue immediately it could lead to you incurring costly repairs in the future.

Tire Pressure

Normally, this light will only come on when your vehicle senses a very low tire. If your vehicle has a built-in tire pressure monitor, you can find out which tires are underinflated and fill them up. If you notice the problem occurring regularly with the same tire, then it’s ideal to bring it in. We can find out whether the tire has a leak and repair it, or replace the tire. If you decide to replace it, it is best to replace tires in pairs.


The ABS stands for anti-lock brakes. When this light pops on it’s warning you there’s something wrong with your vehicle’s braking system. Since ABS can significantly help you gain traction on slick and wet road surfaces when braking, when this light comes on it’s imperative to have your vehicle’s braking system inspected as quickly as you can.

Along with these three common warnings, there are more that may arise such as battery, alternator or temperature lights. In each case, be sure you consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual to understand what the problem is and when necessary bring your vehicle to us for service.

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