What’s That Light On The Dash?

December 20, 2016

It can feel like you’re navigating a maze when randomly you get a light appear on the dashboard and you have no idea what it could possibly mean for your car.

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Be that one annoying blinking light or there could be enough flashing lights to rival Oxford Street at Christmas- either way it’s never safe to ignore them. But do any of us really know what they do and why there’re so important?

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Here’s a chance to get familiar with your car, we’ve started with just a few so we don’t bombard you.

(ABS) Anti lock brake warning lightABS Warning - ABS stands for the Anti-Lock Braking System. This light should turn on whenever the engine is switched on. This confirms the system is operational. The ABS prevents your car wheels from locking up and controls the brake pressure during an emergency stop. If this turns on whilst driving it could indicate a malfunction in the system.

Brake warning light

Brake System Warning - This is the exclamation mark inside a circle inside parenthesis/brackets. This sign indicates when you have the parking brake activated. If this illuminates after the handbrake is released this could mean the brake fluid level is low.

battery warning light Battery Charge -This light should illuminate each time the engine is switched on. If it doesn’t appear when you turn your ignition on or it appears whilst you are driving it may indicate there is a fault with the charging system and the battery isn’t being charged.

 2000px_tpms_low_pressure_icon_orangeLow Tyre Pressure – This indicates that your tyre pressure is low. This may appear for a second or two when you turn the car on but no longer than that. If this appears whilst driving you should consider bringing into your nearest Nissan dealership.

 

 

power-steering-warning-lightPower Steering - Also known as an EPAS light. This lets you know that the Power steering is working.  If this light appears when the engine is running you may need to get it looked at.  This may signify there is a fault with the steering system which can result in heavy steering making manoeuvres hard and dangerous especially at low speed.

Seatbelt warning light Seatbelt- This light appears to remind you to wear your seatbelt.

 

 

Air bag warning light

Airbag - This is also known as the Supplemental Restraint System.  This light will appear for around 5-10 seconds after turning on the car.  A warning light indicates that the airbag could deploy when unexpected or it may not even go off at all during a crash.  This needs checking.

 

High temperature warning light Coolant Warning – The coolant keeps your car working correctly as low coolant may cause the car to overheat. If this light comes on you may need to top it up, if this doesn’t work then your car may be overheating or due to a leak somewhere so your vehicle needs to be checked.

 

If you’re having any problems with your Nissan give your local West Way dealership a call and we’ll be more than happy to help

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