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Dashboard Warning Lights

By Bret Bodas, August 23, 2010

Warning lights are lights on the instrument panel/dashboard of a vehicle that alert the driver when something is wrong. Depending on the light and the severity of the problem, you may or may not notice performance issues.

Warning lights can be serious in nature, such as the Check Engine Light, or more benign, such as the parking brake light. It is normal for the lights to illuminate briefly when the vehicle is started, but if they stay on or begin to flash, you should take the vehicle into a repair shop to get it checked out. You should never ignore a warning light. Some of them indicate serious problems with your vehicle that could render it unsafe to drive.

Use the quiz below to learn what your warning light is trying to tell you

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Warning light symbols

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where is a yellow steering wheel indicator? I own a 2006 Vw Passat.
By , June 23, 2018
I have a 01 silverado with the abs and brake lights both coming on at the same time. All gauges function properly and the brakes seem to work just fine as well. The lights seem to come on more often in wet weather or when going over rough roads/bumps. This has me stumped.

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