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Warning Light Diagnostics

The warning lights on your dashboard are important indicators that something requires your immediate attention, something needs your attention soon, or some of your vehicle's features are engaged. But how do you know which is which? When you can't figure out what your dashboard icons mean, call 12th Street Auto Care Center. One of our ASE-certified mechanics will take a look and let you know what your car, truck, van or SUV is trying to tell you.

ASE and AAA Approved Warning Light Diagnostics Shop

12th Street Auto Care Center is proud to be ASE and AAA certified. You can trust our mechanics to take a look at your dashboard warning lights and tell you exactly what system is affected. When you notice a new warning light appear on your dash, don’t hesitate. Stop by our auto shop or call to book an appointment. Our technicians have been specially trained to inspect, diagnose and either repair or replace all parts in your vehicle. That means they know what your warning lights mean and they have the knowledge to repair the affected system to get your vehicle up to code and back on the road.

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Your Warning Lights

Your car tells you when there’s something wrong in a number of ways. One of those methods is by lighting up the appropriate warning light on your dashboard. But if you let your car go unchecked for a long time, soon your dashboard will light up like a holiday tree. If you’re hesitating to call because you’re not sure what the light means, you can potentially make the problem worse. Always call 12th Street Auto Care Center for help when your dash starts lighting up. A fast response is a cheaper fix. But if you’re just wondering what those different colored lights mean, here’s a quick breakdown.

Red Lights

If you ever notice a red light appear on your dashboard, pull over as quickly and safely as possible. These lights indicate there is a serious problem with your vehicle and it can be very dangerous. Red lights usually mean there is something wrong with your brake system, your engine could be overheating or you have low engine oil pressure, all of which can lead to serious accidents. If your engine gets to a high enough temperature, you can melt components under your hood and the oil can catch fire. Remember, if a red light ever appears on your dash, pull over, turn your car off and call 12th Street Auto Care Center.

Orange Lights

Orange or amber-colored lights on your dash are warning lights. These are important to pay attention to, but don’t represent immediate danger for you or your vehicle. An example of orange lights are the icons revealing your battery is dying, you need an oil change or you’re getting low on fuel. Though these are all important notices, none of them require immediate attention. You can stop somewhere within the next several minutes for gas and be just fine. You can also make an appointment at 12th Street Auto Care Center to ensure your battery gets recharged or replaced, and your oil is changed, flushed or topped off.

Green and Blue Lights

These icons indicate you have a feature engaged. An example is when you use cruise control. Once engaged, you may notice a new blue icon on your dashboard. This is just how your car reminds you which features you’re using so you don’t forget to turn it off, like when your headlights are on. Sometimes these icons are green, but again, the urgent colors are amber/orange and red.

If an icon appears and you’re not sure what it means, consult your vehicle’s manual. If you’re still not sure, call 12th Street Auto Care Center. One of our knowledgeable mechanics will translate all the icons on your dashboard so you can better understand what your vehicle is trying to tell you.

When to Call 12th Street Auto Care Center

Whenever your warning lights appear, it’s a good idea to call 12th Street Auto Care Center right away. This is especially true of red and orange/amber-colored icons. If your dashboard ever flashes a notification or image you’re not familiar with, give us a call. We can help you understand what is happening with your vehicle and provide the appropriate repairs or replacements. If you only notice one light, it’s still worth making the call. The last thing you want is to have more lights pop on over the course of the next few weeks or months, indicating the single issue is now several.

When your car, truck, van or SUV is sending you confusing signals, don’t hesitate to call 12th Street Auto Care Center. Our ASE-certified mechanics are ready to help fix your car up and get it back on the road quickly, efficiently and safely.

Napa Service Assistant

You don’t have to be an expert to know that preventive maintenance is the best way to make sure your vehicle is running properly. Use our interactive vehicle tool to learn about the maintenance and services your NAPA AutoCare Center can provide.

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