What Does the Light On My Dashboard Mean?

Dashboard Warning Lights
At some point when driving around New London, you’ve probably seen one or more of your dashboard warning lights come on. Even if you haven’t, it’s good to know what each light means, since each one indicates a different issue with your Honda. You’ll want to stay updated on what each of your dashboard warning lights means so you can keep your rides safe and address any potential problems. The service center at Westbrook Honda has put together a guide on common dashboard warning lights, divided into categories like braking, tires, engine, and safety. Read on!

Dashboard Warning Lights & Their Meanings

Here are some of the most important dashboard warning lights, including some you may not have heard of:

Engine Warning Lights:

  • Check Engine: One of the most common dashboard warning lights, it means there’s an issue with your engine that needs addressing right away.
  • Coolant Temp Warning: Any problems with your engine’s coolant, like a fan malfunction or a leak, will cause this light to illuminate.
  • Cruise Control: This isn’t a warning light, but it does indicate that your cruise control is on if it’s illuminated.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control: Like the above light, this will illuminate as long as your adaptive cruise control is running.
  • Service Vehicle: Electrical issues with your Honda usually cause this light to come on.
  • Reduced Power Warning: Another indication that you need to take your Honda in to have its engine examined.

Brake System Warning Lights:

  • Brake System: If there are issues with your brakes like problems with the fluid levels, this light will come on.
  • Braking System Failure: If this light comes on while you’re driving on the streets of Branford, it means that your brakes are malfunctioning and you should safely pull off the road immediately.
  • Traction Control or ESP: This light comes on when your electronic stability system is being used.
  • Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS): Any sort of malfunctioning with your anti-lock brakes will illuminate this light along with the brake system warning light.

Safety & Informative Warning Lights:

  • Security Alert: Problems with your vehicle’s security like an open door or a locked ignition switch will illuminate this light.
  • Lane Keeping Assist / Collision Mitigation Braking / Road Departure Mitigation: Indicates that any of these systems are on and working.
  • Fog Lights / High Beams: Indicates that any of these headlights are on.
  • Supplemental Restraint System: Indicates that your airbags are not working properly and won’t deploy in case of a crash. If you see this light, do not drive your vehicle. Call for roadside assistance to tow your car to our service center.
  • Washer Fluid Reminder: This light means that your washer fluid is running now and should be replaced as soon as possible.

Tires Warning Lights:

  • Tire Pressure Warning Light: When this light is illuminated, your car’s Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) has detected that there’s a problem with your tire pressure – either its rating is too high or too low. If you see this light, adjust your tires’ PSI.

Learn More About Dashboard Warning Lights from Westbrook Honda

Hopefully the next time you see one of these dashboard warning lights on a Middletown drive, you’ll have a clearer idea of what’s going on with your Honda. If you have any questions about these warning lights or want more information, contact our office anytime! And if your Honda needs service, you can schedule an appointment right from our website so we can tackle the problem as soon as possible.


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