What Do the Lights on My Dashboard Mean? | Lakeland, FL

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What Do the Lights on My Dashboard Mean in Lakeland, FL?

While some drivers already know what those little lights mean on their dashboard, most drivers are still somewhat confused when a light turns on in their dash. Although some indicators are harmless, like a turn signal indicator or your high beam indicator ("brights"), other lights can indicate more serious issues. This is why it's important to understand what those lights mean. For more specific information about your particular make and model, consult your owner's manual. Below, you'll find some of the more common dashboard lights and indicators that you'll typically see in a vehicle.


Check Engine or Malfunction Indicator Light

Never ignore this light. It means that your vehicle has found a problem with the engine, and it may lead to the system malfunctioning. There are several possible causes for this light, so be sure to bring your vehicle to a professional as soon as possible for an inspection.

Coolant Temperature
Warning Light

The temperature of your vehicle's engine has become abnormally high. Stop the car and turn off the engine immediately so that it can cool down.


Oil Pressure Warning Light

This light indicates the oil pressure in your vehicle is low, which means it may be time for an oil change and an inspection.

Battery/Charging Warning Light

Pop the hood if you see this light come on. The battery voltage level is low, possibly because of a broken fan belt, faulty wiring or even simply the age of the battery. If you don't find anything wrong, bring your car in for a diagnosis.


Door Ajar Indicator Light

This light simply means one of the doors or trunk is not closed all the way. Double check all doors.

Tire Pressure Monitoring
System Light

A tire (or more than one) needs more pressure, meaning you should find a gas station with an air pump. Consult your owner's manual, pump your tires and check the poundage with a tire pressure gauge. The light should turn off shortly after the pressure is corrected.


Brake System Light

This light can indicate one of four issues: your parking brake is on while driving, the brake fluid is low, there's an ABS problem or there is a bigger issue with the braking system. Release the parking brake and have your brake fluid checked.

Traction Control Indicator Light

The roads are slick due to rain. You’ll see this light come on when your car’s traction control is in use during inclement weather.


Security Indicator Light

This light means there's a malfunction in the security system. Make an appointment with your local dealer for an inspection.

Cruise Control Indicator Light

Cruise control has been activated.

If your car is ready for its regularly scheduled maintenance, or if your car needs more extensive repairs, visit Audi Lakeland at 1215 Griffin Rd., Lakeland, FL 33805 or give us a call to set up your appointment. We look forward to serving customers from North and South Lakeland, Orlando and Tampa.