Dashboard Warning Lights: What Do They Mean?

dashboard warning lightsWhen a dashboard warning light comes on, this is a signal from your car to let you know that something might be wrong. While this can be frustrating or nerve-wracking for some drivers, it is important to know what to do depending on the specific warning light you see. While some warning lights may be dangerous, others simply let you know when there is a minor problem.

According to AutoZone, many lights are divided into three categories based on color.

  • Green or Blue – a normal system is operating (cruise, high beams, etc.) or off.
  • Yellow – there may be an issue down the road. Service when possible.
  • Orange or Red – take extreme caution, and have your car inspected ASAP.

These are general guidelines for dash warning lights; nevertheless, you should always follow the instructions found in your owner’s manual.

The most common light you may see is the Check Engine or Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL). This is set off when the engine computer sets a Diagnostic Trouble Code—often related to emissions or general engine problems. The most common causes can be a loose gas cap, faulty O2 sensor, a bad catalytic convertor, or engine misfire among other things.

A Coolant Temp Warning light appears when the engine temperature exceeds normal operating ranges. This can be caused by a coolant leak or clog, bad fan, loose radiator cap, faulty water pump, or bad temperature gauge.

The Oil Pressure Warning usually indicates a loss of oil pressure, which is due to leaks or low oil levels. This can lead to serious issues if left unattended.

If you see the Brake System or ABS Warning Light, you may need to pull over. This could indicate that your parking brake is still on, or you may have brake failure. The brake fluid could also be low. Be sure to have your car inspected by a certified tech as soon as possible.

The Battery Charge Alert lets you know that there is an electrical issue. This can be caused by a dead battery, bad alternator, corroded wiring, or a range of other issues. Electricity is needed for basic operations, as well as engine combustion, making this a serious issue.

These are just some of the many warning lights you may see. If you need assistance with vehicle repair or diagnostics, bring your car into Gossett Kia for reliable service and affordable prices.

Kia Vehicle Satisfaction Earns Awards from AutoPacific

Kia recently received an award from AutoPacific for unparalleled vehicle satisfaction. The 2016 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction awards are given every year to the top automakers in the industry, a rating determined by a series of surveys to customers and vehicle owners. Ranking fifth overall and winning in three segments, Kia does all it can to make customers happy.

According to Kia, the brand received awards for the Soul, Optima, and Sedona. Customers who owned these three vehicles were the most satisfied overall, beating out every single competitor in these segments—including brands like Audi, BMW, Porsche, and Mercedes. AutoPacific determined that Kia customers had high levels of satisfaction for everything from overall purchases to interior styling and fuel economy.

“AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Awards have become an industry benchmark for measuring how satisfied owners are with their new vehicle, and we are thrilled to see the incredibly high level of satisfaction our customers are experiencing with our vehicles,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning, Kia Motors America.  “The Soul, Optima and Sedona are all expertly crafted vehicles and represent just how far the Kia brand has come.”

2016 Kia Sedona
2016 Kia Sedona – Winner of AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Award

Kia vehicle satisfaction was measured by surveying over 65,000 individuals, measuring a range of segments and categories. The Soul took the urban passenger segment, while the Optima won the mid-size car category. The Sedona swept the minivan category as well. With unparalleled design, performance, and quality, it’s easy to see why so many are satisfied with their Kia models.