Have you ever been confused by the multitude of warning lights that ignite on your car’s instrument cluster when you switch on the ignition? Wondering what each one of them means? Well, we are here to tell you that you are not the only one who is suffering from this misery. The various sign so displayed to you are there for a reason, to warn or notify you about an impending mechanical failure or sometimes simply just letting you know about a certain task that you vehicle is currently engaged in. Following is a list of some of the most prominent car warning lights along with their exact description. To further break it down for you, a sing in green means everything is okay, a yellow sing means warning where as a sign displayed in red indicates towards a faulty component.
Main/High Beams on
Let’s start with the simplest one. Displayed here is the sign which you would have often noticed when you switch on you vehicle’s headlights at night. Now if this sign is displayed on your instrument cluster, it means that you vehicle’s main or high beams are on. The light goes off once when you opt for the low beams. It’s advisable not to drive your car at night with the headlights in the high beam configuration as it literally creates a blind spot in front of the motorists coming from the opposite direction as you and might cause an accident.
As much as it may seem like a jelly fish making its way through an ocean, automakers around the world have standardized this particular symbol as the one which notifies you that your front fog lights are switched on. Not all Indian cars come equipped with this feature, despite it being an important one, especially during the winter months.
Just like the front, vehicle also has fog lights at the back. This Jelly fish going the other way notifies you about the same. Just like the front fog-lights, the rear fog-lights are quite helpful in making your vehicle visible during heavy fog conditions in winters.
Washer fluid flow
No, this does not point towards a fountain in a park or that your car wants to have nice and warm shower. This particular symbol indicates the washer fluid flow that cleans up your windscreen in the time of need. Keep the fluid filled up to the brim to avoid any ‘I cannot see out of my windscreen’ moments.
Cruise Control active
This particular symbol which resembles an oven clock turns on when you have engaged cruise control mode on your vehicle. Nowadays, a lot of automobiles have started to come equipped with this feature which lets the car sit a one particular speed with minimum inputs form the driver.
Key Not in vehicle
Now when this signal lights up, it means that vehicle’s keys are not inside the vehicle. This symbol will be available in those cars which come with the feature of key-less entry along with vehicle start stop button.
Press Brake Pedal
No, there is nothing wrong with your shoes. The car is telling you to step on the brake pedal so that it can start up. This feature is indigenous to automatic cars only, since in them the brake pedal needs to be depressed in order to start the ignition process of the vehicle.
Catalytic convertor warning
When this symbol lights up on the instrument cluster of your vehicle, you car is not asking you ‘Hungry Kya?”. Rather it is pointing towards a possible fault in the Catalytic converter of your vehicle. What is that? Well a Catalytic Converter is responsible for converting or rather trapping all the harmful gasses emitted from the engine generated during the combustion process.
Seat belt not on
Safety is the most important aspect of motoring. This particular symbol here comes on when the vehicle detects that driver is not buckled up and the car has reached a certain speed. All modern day four-wheelers come equipped with this features.
A drunken robot? Nope This particular symbol will light up on your instrument cluster when the battery or the alternator in your car is either developed an issue or is running out of juice. The ideal solution to this problem is to get the battery replaced, if the problem still continues, then a change of the alternator is imminent.
Some cars come equipped with the technology that notifies the driver about the time when the service of their vehicle is due. If this above symbol lights up, it means that your vehicle is nearing its regular service schedule. Hence it is advisable to take the same to your nearest authorized service station soon.
Engine warning light
If you were to ever see this symbol light up on your instrument cluster, this means that your engine is in a serious trouble. It is advisable to stop the car right at that moment and call the mobile service station to check the car or tow it away to a nearest service station. Driving the car in such condition can lead to engine seizure and cause permanent irreparable damage.
Fuel warning light
If this particular symbol lights up on your vehicle’s instrument cluster, it does not mean that you have stumbled upon a genie and your three wishes will be fulfilled. What this indicates is that you need to make a quick pit stop to your nearest fuel station and brim up your car with the specified fuel as the car is currently running on the fuel kept in the reserve fuel tank.
ABS Warning light
This particular symbol is not telling you to flex your abs, but that notifying you that your car has a possible ABS problem. ABS or Anti-Lock Braking system prevents the car’s wheel to lock up under heavy braking condition, increasing the braking effectiveness and avoiding lock-ups.
Automatic gearbox warning
This rather intimidating exclamation mark points towards a fault in the automatic gearbox of the vehicle. As you may have guessed by now, the same will only be noticed if you have an automatic car as your disposal. Immediate contact with an authorized dealer is advisable under such circumstances.