Monthly Archives: September 2020

A Guide to Dashboard Lights

A Guide to Dashboard Lights

A vehicle’s dashboard has an array of helpful information placed right in front of the driver. In the present time, the average new car has several computer modules and sensors working together. The dashboard sensors illuminate specific lights to give information regarding the health of the vehicle. Some symbols are more obvious than others, but it’s important to be familiar with them all in case of an emergency. Below is a guide with information on common dashboard lights and what they mean.  ABS Light If the ABS light is on, this can indicate a problem with the anti-lock braking system. This sensor can be triggered by a voltage loss or even a dirt wheel sensor.  Brake Light If the brake light is on, make sure the parking brake is down. If it is, the brake light could be indicating a variety of issues from low brake fluid and worn brake pads to a hydraulic pressure issue. While it’s tempting to just top-off the brake fluid and keep driving, low brake flui ... read more

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What Happens if My Coolant Levels are Low?

What Happens if My Coolant Levels are Low?

Antifreeze keeps your vehicle operating at an optimal temperature. It’s usually green and sweet-smelling, with a sticky consistency. And it keeps your engine temperature cool. While your oil and brake fluid are essential, your coolant is just as important. It’s critical to stay aware of how often it should be topped off to avoid any issues. If you drive with low coolant, your engine will get too hot, which can mean dangerous drive and significant damage. Here’s what can happen if you drive with low coolant levels: The engine will overheat. Without enough coolant, your vehicle will struggle to pull heat away from the engine. This is something you should prioritize because it could cause permanent damage, such as your pistons becoming so hot that they weld the cylinders.  Your check engine light will come on.  This can indicate that your vehicle has detected an issue, likely caused by the lack of coolant.  The ... read more