What Do the Lights on My Dashboard Mean?

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If you look closely at your dashboard, sometimes your vehicle may be trying to tell you something. You may be thinking: “What does the light on my dashboard mean?” While many Hartford and West Hartford drivers know about check engine, battery charge, oil pressure warning, and tire pressure system lights, there are many that can have you digging around for your owner’s manual. To ensure you know what every light means, Acura of Avon is here to break them all down so you can take care of your car and keep moving.

Dashboard Warning Lights and What They Mean

With so many lights and indicators on your dashboard, it can be difficult to quickly understand what each of them means. That’s why we’ve broken them down into several categories which are engine, brakes, safety, and informative so you can easily decipher what they mean and how to quickly respond. Take a look at the various warning lights you may see and what they mean below: Engine:

  • Coolant Temp Warning – When your coolant levels are off, your fan isn’t working properly, or if the coolant is leaking, this light will come on.
  • Service Vehicle – Usually this light comes on when an electrical issue occurs.
  • Reduced Power Warning – If you see this, you need to have the engine checked as there is some part of the engine component that is malfunctioning.
  • Cruise Control – When you use cruise control, this light will stay illuminated as long as the system is on.


  • Brake System – This light means there’s an issue with your brakes, the brake fluid is low, or there’s an ABS problem.
  • Traction Control or ESP – This light means your vehicle’s electronic stability system is being utilized.

Safe & Informative:

  • Security Alert – If your ignition switch is locked, or a door is left ajar, this light will indicate either the tech malfunction or alert you of the open door.
  • Fog Lamp – This reminds you when you have your brights on.
  • Airbag Fault – Normally this light appears once the car is started to indicate there is a fault in the airbag system and you’ll need to bring your vehicle in for a repair.
  • Washer Fluid Reminder – This simply means your washer fluid is low and needs to be replaced.

Rely on Quality Acura Service at Acura of Avon

Once you’ve learned more about dashboard warning lights, you can find more Acura service features such as luxury car care, what is torque vectoring, and if your Acura needs premium gas. Don’t forget to take advantage of our service specials to save even more on maintenance services. Contact us today to schedule an appointment near Manchester!

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75 Albany Turnpike
Canton, CT, 06019 United States
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