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The Meanings Behind 15 Symbols On Your Car's Dashboard
« on: February 21, 2016, 04:49:53 AM »
© iStock The Meanings Behind These 15 Symbols On Your Car's Dashboard

When something goes wrong with your car or if a feature you should know about gets activated, a signal funnels through the electrical system and into the dashboard. This illuminates a hieroglyphic, and these cover a wide range of issues—some of which may be serious. Here are the meanings behind 15 of these curious-looking markers (and what they look like, in case you need a mnemonic device to help your memory).

Your dashboard may be different and the symbols may have altered designs or indicate slightly different things, so be sure to consult your owner’s manual. Some of these lights could portend a serious malfunction. Don't ignore them. When in doubt, have a professional check it out. (For more information on dashboard symbols for all types of cars, check out this resource. And this one.)

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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2016, 04:52:37 AM »
1. Engine Temperature Warning Light

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What it looks like: A pirate ship with its sails down as if to say, “I’m just a normal boat, no pirates here.”

What it means: Your engine is too hot, friend. Here is a useful guide for what to do if your engine overheats.

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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2016, 04:54:30 AM »
2. Tire Pressure Warning Light

What it looks like: A Buckingham Palace guard telling you the field goal is GOOD!

What it means: The pressure in one or more of your tires is too low and needs to be attended to.

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« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2016, 04:56:08 AM »
3. Oil Pressure Warning

What it looks like: You’re about to get three wishes.

What it means: Your engine is running low on oil, or there is a problem with your car's oil pressure system.

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« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2016, 04:58:01 AM »
4. Traction Control

What it looks like: Cthulhu wearing a fedora.

What it means: The car's traction control system is engaged.

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« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2016, 05:00:47 AM »
5. Engine Warning

What it looks like: Yellow submarine, a yellow submarine, a yellow submarine.

What it means: It can blink on for a number of reasons. Read about some of those here.

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« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2016, 05:02:32 AM »
6. Antilock Brake Warning

What it looks like: The cover of a fitness magazine.

What it means: There is an issue with your anti-lock brake system that needs to be diagnosed and fixed.

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« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2016, 05:04:28 AM »
7. Automatic Shift Lock or Engine Start Indicator

What it looks like: The bat signal, if Bruce Wayne had been traumatized in a shoe closet instead of a bat cave as a child.

What it means: You need to engage the brake, either to start your car's ignition or to get it out of neutral.

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« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2016, 05:07:29 AM »
8. Battery Alert

What it looks like: Math lego.

What it means: The car's charging system is short of power. You are running solely on battery.

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« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2016, 05:09:11 AM »
9. Fuel Indicator Symbol

What it looks like: A snake-infested ATM.

What it means: You are running low on fuel. Fun fact: The symbol on the fuel gauge also has an arrow next to it—this indicates which side of the car has the gas cap. No more gas station three-point turns in rental cars ever again.

 

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