When it comes to driving around Boone and Jefferson, few things are more nerve-wracking than the lights on your dashboard illuminating in the middle of an important commute. That said, not every light that comes on is cause for immediate concern. After all, if that were the case, Ford vehicles would not be nearly as reliable as they've proven to be over the years. However, it is every driver's responsibility to know what they mean so they can take the proper action to ensure their vehicles get the maintenance they need to run like new.

Making Sense of All the Dashboard Lights

It goes without saying that there's a lot in front of you. So for the purposes of this exercise, we will cover the essentials, go over the different light colors you'll see, and give you an idea of how quickly you need to make that service appointment for an oil change (spoiler alert, it should be soon).

Engine Light: Probably the most recognizable light on any vehicle, the engine light is the one you'll want to monitor the closest. It can indicate a wide range of issues from something as simple as you forgetting to close the gas cap to something more serious. When it illuminates, one of two things will happen; it will either blink, or it will remain steady. If it blinks, you have an immediate problem, and you need to pull over. Otherwise, if the issue is less serious, the light will stay on. Either way, you'll want to get your vehicle in as soon as possible.

ABS: The ABS, or Anti-Lock Braking System, may sound scary at first glance, but it's not as bad as you think. What's most important to remember is that when this light activates, it does not mean that you can't brake. There is a separate warning light for that. However, you'll want to get this issue fixed as soon as possible.

Battery: The battery is another easily recognizable light that you'll come to be familiar with throughout your vehicle ownership. When electrical issues arise, you will notice this light come on. If so, you'll want to disconnect any non-essential electrical items to help allocate the battery's remaining accessible power to the more important aspects of your vehicle.

Engine Coolant: The engine coolant light is important because it gives you an important gauge into the internal temperature of your vehicle. When this light comes on, it means you need to shut off your vehicle right away or risk serious damage to the engine. Give your vehicle a few moments to cool down, then pop the hood and add more coolant.

Engine Oil: Your motor oil is vital to keeping your engine lubricated and running as it should, so when this light comes on, it's important that you pay attention to it right away. Shut off your vehicle right away and do not drive your vehicle until you can resolve the situation with a member of our factory-certified service staff. This light means you are either low on motor oil, or there's a more serious problem within the system.

Do You See Any of These Lights On? Don't Wait

The number one thing any Slater or Ames driver can do when they see a dashboard light illuminate is not to ignore the problem. Small issues have a way of escalating into big and expensive problems if they aren't taken care of right away, so give our service department a call today. As always, the team at Moffitt's Ford is always here to help.

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