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Steer Clear of Preventable Accidents by Heeding Dashboard Warnings

Inside View of Ford Dashboard

When a light illuminates on your dashboard, it’s important to get to the bottom of the issue for your safety and the safety of others on the road. Here are a few common warning indicators that may be a sign of something more serious. Remember: all cars are different and so are their warning lights. Consult your vehicle manual for a complete list of warning lights and what they mean.

Airbag Warning Light

Often appearing in red with the word, “airbag,” or a symbol showing a stick person sitting in the seat with a large circle hovering above their lap, the airbag warning light comes on when there’s a problem with your airbag. Take this light very seriously, as it could mean your airbag won’t deploy in the event of an accident or could inflate without warning while driving along.Brake System Light

Also typically illuminating in red, the brake system light looks like an exclamation point with a circle around it. While it may indicate that the parking brake has been left on, it could also mean that there’s a larger problem with the brake system. From lack of brake fluid to worn-out brake pads, this light means serious trouble. Take it to your auto shop as soon as possible.Check Engine Light

There are countless reasons why a check engine light may come on. Usually appearing as a symbol in the shape of an engine, this light indicates that your car has detected something wrong, whether it’s something as simple as a loose gas cap or something more serious, like a misfiring engine. When the check engine light comes on, you’ll need to take your vehicle to a professional for diagnosis right away to rule out more serious issues.TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) Light

If the TPMS detects one or more tires with low air pressure, the TPMS light, which looks like an exclamation point within a horseshoe, will appear. Check the air pressure in all four of your tires, as well as your spare (when applicable). If each tire’s pressure is within the acceptable range indicated by your owner’s manual, there could be a faulty sensor. Otherwise, fill your tires up and reset the TPMS.Have Your Car Checked Out

Is there a warning light on in your Ford? Take it to the Service Center at Ernest McCarty Ford to help get your vehicle back to top condition.