Quick Answer: What Do The Lights On The Dashboard Mean??

Your vehicle’s dashboard light plays an important role.

These lights indicate an issue with your car that needs either an immediate action or checking.

Transmission Temperature.

Indicator light means the engine temperature has exceeded normal limits.

Check coolant level, fan operation, radiator cap, coolant leaks.

Why is the key light on in my car?

The flashing key — or sometimes a car outline with a key inside of it — is the security indicator light. This light flashes when the ignition switch is placed in the OFF, LOCK or ACC position. The blinking security indicator light indicates that the security system(s) equipped on the vehicle are operational.

What does car with key symbol mean?

The blinking key symbol is not for indicating the key is inside. That is the security system indicating that the key is not being read when inserted. Since you have locked the door, that could mean the security is sensing something is lodged inside the lock or the sensor is not working correctly.

Which lights are which on a car?

Car lights include:

  • Headlights. There are two types of headlights—low beam and high beam.
  • Tail lights.
  • Daytime running lights.
  • Fog lights.
  • Signal lights.
  • Brake lights.
  • Hazard lights.
  • Driving lamps.

Why is it called a dashboard?

The word “dashboard” was originally used to describe the wooden board carriage makers attached to the front of carriages to prevent mud and rocks from being splashed (or “dashed”) onto drivers and their passengers by the horses that pulled them about. In essence, dashboards served as mud flaps for horses’ hooves.

What are the different car light symbols?

15 Common Warning Lights on Your Car’s Dashboard

  1. Oil Pressure Light.
  2. Tire Pressure Warning Light.
  3. Engine Temperature Warning.
  4. Traction Control Light.
  5. Anti-lock Brake Warning Light.
  6. Engine Warning (Check Engine Light)
  7. Battery Alert.
  8. Low Fuel Indicator.

What does the red blinking light in my car mean?

The blinking light indicates that a car has an electronic security system. Incidentally, the reason this is added is to enhance the deterrent to theft effect of the security system — that is to say, the light is designed to further discourage attempted theft.

What does green light on car mean?

The flashing green lights they see in the front window of cars means that those drivers are part-time firefighters on their way to an emergency. If you see a car with a flashing green light, please be courteous and yield the right of way.

What does security indicator light mean on a car?

The Security Indicator Light illuminates to indicate that the security system is either working properly or to let you know that there is a fault in the system. If the Security Indicator Light is on steady with the key in the “run” position, and the vehicle won’t start, there could be a fault with the system.

What does AT mean on a car?

Definitely means “Automatic Transaxle” Warning Light on the Mazda (see pic below). If you are NOT low on Automatic Transmission fluid, then get your car serviced ASAP, as there might be something more serious going on.

What does the engine warning light mean?

Check your dashboard gauges and lights for indications of low oil pressure or overheating. These conditions mean you should pull over and shut off the engine as soon as you can find a safe place to do so. On some cars, a yellow check engine light means investigate the problem and a red one means stop right now.

What’s the purpose of parking lights?

And, most cars have emergency flashers or hazard lights to warn drivers that a car is parked on a roadside. Headlights are brighter than they were and do a better job of illuminating a car’s location than parking lights. Starting in 1968, parking lights have been attached to the same wiring system as headlights.

What is the purpose of your car’s lights?

Most drivers simply get into the car, start it and doesn’t even think of lighting or the fact that it can provide security. But most of the light is about security and communications. The headlights and tail lamps ensure that other drivers see you, even in reduced visibility. This is crucial to avoid accidents.

Which car lights should be on at night?

Headlights: Full Beam and Dipped Beam. Sidelights: Normal lights to be seen by during the day, but not bright enough to be seen by at night. Driving lights: Some cars have a constant low light that cannot be turned off. Rear Fog light: Can be a single or double red light.

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