February 20, 2018

Dashboard Warning Lights

Your dashboard can be a key indicator of the health of your car, and ignoring any symbols can be potentially dangerous for you and other drivers. If a light turns on, make sure to schedule an appointment with us as soon as you can, so we can inspect it for the source of the issue. If the light starts to blink, it means the issue is serious. Pull over the vehicle when it is safe to do so, and turn it off. This can help to prevent further damage being done to your vehicle, as well as improving the safety for you and those around you. If the engine maintenance light flashes up on your dashboard, it may be accompanied by other symptoms, too. Your car may lack power, for example, if it has gone into safe or ‘limp’ mode. Sometimes the symptoms may be very subtle, though, and can be down to something as minor as a faulty sensor. If you see this symbol, it is always best to take your car to a garage, and rule out any serious issues. An important safety feature of any car, airbags can be lifesavers in the event of a crash. If this warning light appears, it’s best that you go to a garage for a check. It could mean an airbag is faulty and won’t work if you crash, or that one is about to go off which in itself could cause a serious accident The power steering light indicates an issue with the power steering, and you’ll notice that driving starts to feel very heavy and difficult. It can pose a huge risk at higher speeds, if you need to change direction quickly. Make sure to drive accordingly and slowly, until you are able to get to a location to turn off your vehicle. The warning lights also come in different colors, to help determine the seriousness of them. Red warning lights indicate a serious problem, but may also be a reminder, such as not putting a seatbelt on whilst driving. Yellow or orange means a service is required or a part needs repairing. A blue or green light can mean that a system is on, such as cruise control. No matter what, if the dashboard light is flashing, it means that it’s important that you contact us soon. By having us check the vehicle, you can help improve the safety when you drive.  
November 17, 2017

Pay Attention to the Lights on your Vehicle

  When you own a vehicle, you will want it to always be in the best condition possible. You will need to check the parts over to ensure they are working correctly with one another. When you check the vehicle, also remember to inspect the lights on it. This should include the headlights, taillights, and blinkers. Headlights and taillights are used so other motorists can see you in limited visibility conditions. This is vital if anyone wants to avoid becoming a crash statistic. Drivers need to be aware of the fact that daytime running lights do not turn on tail lights or full headlights in bad weather such as rain, snow, fog, or at night when darkness falls. You should be sure their headlights are working properly both the low beam and high beams. The headlights need to be aimed correctly by professionals and checked regularly to ensure the driver can see the road safely and not blind oncoming motorists. Headlight lenses should be kept clean and clear. With time and abrasion from road grit and grime, these plastic lenses can cloud over and become opaque. A secondary part of a car’s lighting system are fog lights. The vast majority of motorists do not know when to use these specialized lights. They are designed to be used when the fog is so thick that it prevents the headlights from penetrating through the water droplets to light up the road ahead. When this occurs, the light from the headlights reflects back into the driver’s eyes making matters worse. In this event, the driver should turn off the headlights and turn on the fog lights to illuminate the road below the fog. It is also important that motorists turn off their fog lights on unlit roads at night to prevent temporarily blinding oncoming traffic. Fog lights were not designed for use on clear nights Turn signals and brake lights are the communication side of our automotive lighting system. It is important for your safety that the drivers approaching you from behind know you are slowing or stopping. Brake lights should be bright and red. In other words no broken lenses. The turn signals let the other motorists around you know when you need to change lanes or make a turn. When you check the lights on your vehicle, turn on your full lights and walk around your vehicle to see if all taillights and headlights are illuminated. A brake light check can be done when backing into a parking spot in a mall if the store has windows that can reflect the lights. If you notice an issue for your vehicle, make sure to bring it in as soon as possible, so we can inspect it for you.