What Do My Dashboard Symbols mean?

Car Diagnostics Bristol

Hearing an odd grumble, squeak or grind emitting from a part of your vehicle is one of the most obvious signs that there is something wrong with your car. Other signs include lack of power, skidding or lowered control of the vehicle. However, what if you can’t hear, see or feel a problem with your vehicle? You’d probably think that it was okay and safe to drive. However, this is not the case. Some of the most dangerous car problems are unnoticeable and only detectable by using top of the range car diagnostics Bristol equipment. Bring your vehicle into AP Autocare for a regular service, where we are able to hook your vehicle up to our advanced diagnostic equipment. Call us today on 0117 963 8916 to discuss your car’s issue and to book in for a checkup.

What Are Easy To Spot Car Issues?

In every vehicle, you have your dashboard behind your steering wheel. This dashboard displays all your major car stats such as speed, fuel levels, and any issues that your vehicle may have. You have a variety of different symbols that will light up when there is an error with your vehicle. The most standard and common ones that you will see on a vehicle are as follows:

Engine symbol - This light is signalling that there is an issue with your engine and it requires a car diagnostics Bristol test to determine the fault and to reset the light. This could be for a variety of reasons so it is best to bring your vehicle in for inspection and diagnosis as soon as you spot this light.

Battery symbol - This symbol is signalling that there is an issue with your battery, such as it may be low or the charging function is not correctly working.

Oil Symbol - This symbol could mean that your engine is telling you that your vehicle is in need of more oil or that the oil currently in the engine is causing issues.

Brake Symbol - This symbol surrounds an issue with your braking system. This could mean a variety of issues such as low brake fluid, Automatic braking system (ABS) issue or your brakes are worn. It can also signal that your handbrake is on so if this does appear, firstly park on flat ground and release the handbrake. If the symbol does not go, then we recommend bringing your car in for an inspection or service.

Airbag warning light - The airbag warning light is important to notify you of there being an error with your airbags. This means that if you do happen to be involved in a collision, you could be at risk of injury because your airbag was not deployed. Similarly, it could mean that your airbag could release at any time, even when you are not involved in a collision, which again, could injure you and your passengers.

Our Car Diagnostic Equipment

Here at AP Autocare, we are a recognised and trusted diagnostic garage which means that we are given the latest car diagnostics Bristol equipment for a wide number of big name vehicle manufacturers. These include Audi, Volkswagen, BMW, Skoda, Porsche, Citroen, Peugeot and many more. More recently, we have gained high-level diagnosis equipment for Landrover and Jaguar vehicles which means we are able to diagnose almost every vehicle! When we pair this brilliant equipment with our many years' experience and knowledge in car diagnostics and mechanics, we are able to diagnose a huge range of different car problems and fix it for you at an incredibly low rate. 

Our car diagnostics team are able to plug your vehicle into our equipment, which includes advanced oscilloscopes and signal generators, to test and simulate failed components.

The car issues mentioned above are detectable using the dashboard, however, if these lights do appear then your car is in need of immediate diagnosis so that it doesn’t damage vital parts of itself, such as the engine, braking system and cooling system. Let's not forget other issues that your vehicle may not be able to detect such as worn tyres, blown bulbs and many others. If you do see any warning light on your dashboard or notice something odd with your vehicle, please bring it into our garage or call us on 0117 963 8916

Published: Monday 26th March 2018