The Scariest Pumpkins Ever
It's almost Halloween and everyone is trying to come up with the scariest designs for their pumpkin carvings. Well the ones shown above are pretty scary - if you see any of those lights show up on your dash, you can start to panic. But don't queue the scary theme music yet, just drive to your local CJ's and we'll check them out and get you back on the road.
The following list of warning lights are some of the more common (and scary-looking) lights used by automotive manufacturers. Not all warning lights are universal, so be sure to consult your vehicle's owner's manual when you're not 100% sure what the light indicates. Warning lights usually indicate that a fault has occurred inside the vehicle's system, so it is important to know what the lights actually means because it can pre-empt a car breakdown or full-on failure. This can potentially save you from an expensive repair bill and keep you safer on the road.
TPMS (TIre Pressure Monitoring System) Light
When this light is lit, it indicates that the tire pressure monitoring system has found a tire with low air pressure or that there may be a sensor malfunction. Usually the indicator comes on when one or more your tires are down 25% or more. One will usually see the this light more in the fall and the winter, which is when the temperature drops. Air pressure will usually decrease by 1 psi for every 10 degrees Farenheit that the temperature drops. If you notice this light, you can either check the air pressure in your tires or stop by your local CJ's Tire & Automotive, where one of our professionals will check it out and make sure that there are no leaks, so that you can get back on the road again quickly.
ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) Light
When the ABS Light turns on it indicates that there is something amiss with your ABS system and that a professional needs to look at it. If you see this light, it does not mean that you will not be able to use your brakes, however, it does mean that additional braking features, such as wheel locking, traction control, brake assist and electronic stabilty control could be turned off. Schedule an appointment at your local CJ's Tire so that one of our ASE-certified professionals can check it out for you.
Battery Charge Warning Light
You should be pretty used to seeing this light, as it it should illuminate as soon as you turn the key in the ignition and turn off as soon as the engine starts. However, if it does not illuminate at all or if it illuminates while you're driving, your battery is not being charged because there is a fault with your charging system. This may be due to: a slack battery or starter terminals; a broken or loose alternator drive belt; or an alternator failure. If the drive belt is broken, it must be replaced before you restart the engine. The coolant system may rely on this belt and its failure could cause the engine to overheat, in turn causing engine damage. Stop by any of CJ's 14 convenient locations and let our professionals check it out for you.
Check Engine Light
There are 5 common reasons for your Check Engine light to be on. If the light comes on and flashes while you are driving, reduce your vehicle's speed immediately until the light stops flashing. If it continues to flash, avoid accelerating quickly and high rpms, until you can either get to a safe location or your local automotive facility and have it checked immediately. Have the vehicle checked by one of CJ's ASE-certified professionasl as soon as possible.
1) Your O2 (Oxygen) Sensor, which measures the amount of unburned oxygen in your vehicle's exhaust system, needs to be replaced. If you don't replace it, your engine will burn more fuel than needed, which could cause you to experience up to 40% loss of fuel economy and could damage your spark plugs and catalytic converter.
2) Your Gas Cap, which seals your vehicle's fuels system and helps maintain pressure within the fuel tank, is loose, damaged or missing. If you don't fix or replace it you can lose fuel through evaporation which means you'll be going to the pump more often.
3) Your Catalytic Converter, which helps protect our environment by converting harmful carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide, needs to be replaced. If you do not replace it, your vehicle will not pass an emissions test and you will experience reduced performance and fuel economy.
4) Your Mass Airflow (MAF) Sensor, which measures the amount of air entering the engine to determine how much fuel is needed to run your engine efficiently, needs to be replaced. Faulty sensors can cause damage to your spark plugs, O2 sensors or your catalytic converter and will cause your vehicle to experience reduced performance and fuel economy.
5) Your Spark Plugs, which ignite the air/fuel mixture in the combusiton chamber of your vehicle and/or your Plug Wires, which deliver the spark from the ignition coil to the spark plugs, need to be replaced. This will cause you to experience poor performance and reduced fuel economy, as well as potentially clogging your catalytic converter or damaging your ignition coils or O2 sensors.
Cooling System Temperature Light
This light indicates that your engine is running hot and requires immediate attention to avoid engine damage. Stop driving your vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so and seek professional assistance. You can cause serious damage to your engine by driving with it overheated. You can also turn your heater to the hightest setting to help remove some of the engien heat as well. Schedule an appointment at your local CJ's to get it looked into right away.
The warning lights on your car are less scary if you know what they are trying to tell you. Schedule an appointment at any of CJ's Tire & Automotive's 14 convenient locations today so that we can either sort out a warning light issue for you or just give your vehicle a once over so that you can keep rolling. CJ's - Better. Faster. More Affordable.