What Do the Lights on the Dashboard Mean?by Amber D. Walker
There are a variety of warning lights that may appear on a car’s dashboard, and the precise lights, their symbols, and their meaning may change from model to model. Check your owner’s manual for information about an unknown light.
Oil Pressure Warning
The oil pressure warning looks like an oil tin dripping oil. If it remains on while driving, this usually indicates a low oil level.
Battery Charge Warning
This light looks like a battery and indicates a problem with the battery charging system. It usually indicates a bad drive belt, a bad battery, or a failure of the alternator.
Brake System Warning
This light contains an exclamation mark and indicates that the hand brake is engaged. It also may indicate that you need to add more brake fluid or that there is flaw in the brake fluid sensor.
This icon looks like an engine and indicates some problem with the engine management system. If it remains illuminated after starting the engine, the car should be taken to a mechanic to prevent eventual damage to the catalytic converter.
This light contains the letters ABS and indicates that the Anti-lock Braking System is malfunctioning. The car may or may not be able to continue normal, non-ABS, braking. Check your owner’s manual.