What Your Car Warning Lights Mean

As you travel the streets of Kansas City, your Acura provides you peace of mind in its reliability. But even the most dependable vehicles can experience problems every now and then. For many concerns, your Acura will illuminate one of the car warning lights to indicate an issue. What do those warning lights mean, and what should you do about it?

Car Warning Lights

Check Engine Light

The car warning light that receives the most attention is definitely the Check Engine light. It’s a one-size-fits-all warning for issues ranging from engine and transmission concerns to electrical or emissions-related problems. When the Check Engine light is on solid, it’s an indication that you need to have the issue diagnosed. Seldom is it an engine problem at all – it’s set off because a sensor has detected a concern. Common issues are oxygen sensors or catalytic converter inefficiencies, or a thermostat or spark plug problem. If the Check Engine light is flashing, it’s a serious concern. It’s quite infrequent, but if it happens, you should call roadside assistance to bring your car to the dealership for repair.

ABS Light

Your Acura’s braking system includes anti-lock brakes, traction control, and vehicle stability control. Any of these three systems can contribute to an ABS light coming on. It’s mostly set due to an electrical sensor like a wheel speed sensor, although wiring or module issues can occur. If your ABS light comes on, your ABS brakes, traction control, and stability control are likely not to function. It’s important to get them fixed as soon as possible to restore your Acura’s operation to normal.

Battery Light

The battery light is ominous. It doesn’t come on unless there’s a true problem with the electrical system, namely the charging system. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not usually a battery problem itself. It’s usually an alternator or wiring concern that needs to be addressed. It’s critical to have the battery light addressed in short order. A poorly-charging vehicle will end up leaving you stranded eventually.

Low Fuel Light

It’s possible that the low fuel light can come on if the fuel level sensor isn’t working correctly. However, it’s likely you just need to get gas.   If you have any of these car warning lights coming on (except with low fuel), Jay Wolfe Acura can help! We’re your best source for Acura warranty repairs as well as your trusted source for Acura repairs that are no longer under warranty coverage. Call us today to schedule your visit.