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Explainer: car dashboard warning lights

Autocar Logo By Autocar of Autocar | Slide 1 of 16: If the sensors detect a problem, you’ll be alerted to it by warning lights, which are typically displayed within the speedometer and rev counter dials or elsewhere on the dashboard of your car. As a general rule, amber warning lights mean something needs to be checked by a professional, while red lights require immediate action from the driver.Many of the lights will come on when you start the car and then quickly disappear, which isn’t anything to worry about. But if they stay on or illuminate while you’re driving, it can be cause for concern.  Given the number of different warning lights, it can be confusing to know what’s what, so here are the meanings of some of the most common ones.  

Modern cars are brimming with electronic systems, the majority of which are fitted with sensors to monitor their condition.

If the sensors detect a problem, you’ll be alerted to it by warning lights, which are typically displayed within the speedometer and rev counter dials or elsewhere on the dashboard of your car. As a general rule, amber warning lights mean something needs to be checked by a professional, while red lights require immediate action from the driver.

Many of the lights will come on when you start the car and then quickly disappear, which isn’t anything to worry about. But if they stay on or illuminate while you’re driving, it can be cause for concern.  

Given the number of different warning lights, it can be confusing to know what’s what, so here are the meanings of some of the most common ones.  

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