Automotive Omens: What Your Car Warning Lights Mean

Learn how you should react to protect your ride.

Nothing strikes fear quite like looking down at the dashboard and seeing a warning light illuminated. Should I keep driving? Is my engine about to fall out? What is that shape even supposed to be?

The truth is, these lights can be anything from a friendly reminder to a dire warning. Here’s how you should react to a few of the most common car warning lights:

car warning lights chart

Did you know the colors of warning lights mean something, too? It’s just as you’d expect:

  • Green: No action needed—a feature is simply on or in use.
  • Yellow: Action required, but not urgent.
  • Red: Immediate action required.

Keep in mind that warning lights may differ by car manufacturer, and may even indicate a bigger underlying issue. A trusted car mechanic can help you get to the bottom of the problem and back on the road in no time.

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