Dashboard Warning Signs
National Transmission welcomes you to our online index of the most common dashboard warning signs found on our Houston area customers' vehicles. As a leading automotive repair shop proudly serving the greater Houston area, we are happy to share this information so as to help our customers better understand what these warning signs mean to help identify problems with their vehicles.
ABS Brake System Error
The warning light for the ABS brake system means there is an error in a vehicle's anti-lock system. The purpose of the ABS system is to help drivers keep control in extreme braking situations in addition to slippery roadways. This is achieved by ensuring the wheels do not lock up when driving around the roadways of Houston and the greater Harris County area.
The airbag service indicator light means one of a vehicle's airbags has a problem. Modern automobiles have numerous airbags and when the airbag service light is visible it is recommended to schedule an appointment to bring the vehicle to our auto repair shop in Houston and let a National Transmission team member inspect the air bags.
The battery warning light is indicative that a vehicles's battery many be in need of service. Often times the service may be as simple as simply cleaning the batteries terminals, while other times the car battery may need recharging or replacement. National Transmission invites those living in Houston or the surrounding Harris County area that believe they have a car battery problem to schedule an appointment at our auto repair shop for a thorough battery inspection.
Brake Fluid Level Low
The low level brake fluid indicator light is as the name implies. A vehicle's brake pads wearing down, or a leak, will result in the reservoir's fluid level going down. As the brake system is a very important part of the safe operation of any automobile, it is important to schedule an appointment at our auto repair shop and let one of the National Transmission team members do a brake inspection.
Brake System Warning
When the brake system warning light is visible on the dashboard of a vehicle it can mean either the parking brake is engaged or there may be a serious issue with the brake system. If the latter it is highly recommended to schedule an appointment and let a skilled auto technician of the National Transmission team do a complete brake inspection.
Check Engine Light
The presence of the check engine light on a dashboard is indicative that there is one (or more) problems with a vehicle's engine. As there are a plethora of issues that could be associated with the check engine light, it is best to schedule an appointment to have the problem properly diagnosed by a technician of the National Transmission team at our auto repair shop serving the greater Houston area.
Child Safety Lock Activated
The child safety lock activation symbol is indicative that rear passenger door locks have been activated. Locking the child safety lock ensures that the rear passenger doors can only be opened from the exterior of the vehicle. When problems occur with the rear passenger door locks, or any other locks on a vehicle for that matter, feel free to schedule an appointment to have one of the technicians on the National Transmission team perform an inspection to make sure the vehicle's locks are working properly.
Cruise Control Activated
When driving around the roads of the Houston or the surrounding Harris County area in cruise control, the cruise control activation light is visible on the dashboard of a vehicle. Cruise control is a feature on many automobiles that when used, enables the vehicle to travel at a constant speed until the brakes are applied or the system is manually disengaged by a vehicle's operator.
Dirty Air Filter
When a vehicle's engine air filter is blocked or dirty the dirty air filter light will be visible. And even though replacing air filters is a part of any regularly scheduled maintenance routine, if the dirty air filter light is visible schedule an appointment to have the air filter replaced immediately by a technician at National Transmission.
Electrical Problem Warning
When there is a problem with a vehicle's electrical system, the electrical problem light will be visible on the dashboard. Consisting of the battery, alternator, and starter, a problem with the electrical system should be diagnosed and repaired quickly. The technicians at National Transmission are experts at repairing vehicle electrical systems and invite anyone in Houston or the surrounding Harris County area who may have the electrical problem warning light visible to schedule an appointment at National Transmission and let a qualified technician get you back on the road quickly and safely.
When a vehicle's hazard lights (emergency flashers) are on, the emergency flasher light will display on the dashboard or console. The purpose of the hazard lights is to inform other drivers on the roads in Houston or the Harris County area know the driver is dealing with an emergency situation and to exercise caution when approaching the vehicle.
Engine Hood Open
When the hood of a vehicle is not completely closed the engine hood light will display on the dashboard to let the driver know it is open. The presence of this warning symbol requires that the hood should be completely shut prior to driving the vehicle around Houston or the surrounding Harris County area.
Engine Temperature Warning
The engine temperature warning light is a very important symbol as it informs a driver that the vehicle should be stopped quickly (but safely) and the engine turned off. This warning symbol means an engine's temperature is too high and vehicle fluid levels should be checked using proper guidelines for doing so.
Exterior Light Failure
As the name implies, the visibility of the exterior light failure symbol on the dashboard indicates that an exterior light's bulb has failed and should be replaced for optimal visibility for nighttime vehicle operation or during inclement weather. The team at National Transmission is ready to help anyone in Houston or the throughout the Harris County area that has a light burned out. Just schedule an appointment and let one of our technicians get you safely back on the road today.
Fog Lights Activated
The fog lights symbol indicates that a vehicle's fog lights are in use. This symbol displays only when vehicle's fog lights are actively in use and will not be light when they are turned off. For those in the Houston area who do not have but want fog lights installed, schedule an appointment and let National Transmission install them properly.
Four Wheel Drive Warning
When the four-wheel drive warning light appears on the dashboard it can inform a vehicle's driver that either the four-wheel drive is in use or that there is an issue with the system itself. The four-wheel drive system is often used for maximal operation in rough terrain situations and if not working correctly the problem should be fixed immediately to prevent any injuries to a vehicle's occupants.
The purpose of the frost warning symbol is to let a driver know when the temperature outside the automobile is either at or below freezing. It should be noted that on certain vehicles the frost warning symbol can also indicate that the vehicle is being driven in snow mode.
When the fuse warning light displays on a dashboard it means that one (or more) of a vehicle's fuses are in need of replacement. It is important to schedule an appointment at National Transmission quickly to have a faulty fuse(s) replaced or serviced. This helps to ensure continued safe and proper operation of a vehicle when driving the roads of the Houston area.
Gas Cap Warning
The gas cap warning light means that the gas cap on a vehicle may not be completely tightened. If the gas cap warning light does not turn off after tightening the gas cap, it is recommended to schedule an appointment so the problem can be correctly diagnosed and serviced by a qualified technician at National Transmission.
High Beams Indicator
The high beams indicator symbol informs a driver that the vehicle's high beams are actively in use. This dashboard symbol is only visible when high beams are being used. National Transmission makes it a practice to remind our customers that high beams should be turned off when other vehicles are approaching.
The horn failure symbol lets a driver know that the vehicle's horn has failed or is not operating properly. A horn problem can include the horn's sound not emitting a sound at all or the sound being too low to be effective in warning other drivers, cyclists, or pedestrians. As the horn is an important part of a vehicle's ability to operate safely on the roads of the Houston and surrounding Harris County area, drivers with this symbol present should schedule an appointment to let a technician at National Transmission fix the problem correctly.
Key Not Present
The key not present symbol is used for vehicles with a keyless ignition. The purpose of the key not present symbol is to let a driver know that the key is not close enough for the vehicle to start or continue running. When the light is present despite the proper proximity of the key it can mean that there is a sensor malfunction and one should schedule an appointment with National Transmission for immediate servicing.
Lane Departure Warning
The lane departure warning symbol plays an important role in safely driving around the Houston and greater Harris County area. The purpose of the lane departure warning light informs a driver that the vehicle is veering or leaving a lane with detectable lane markers. In many vehicles the lane departure warning symbol is accompanied with a chime sound. When continually light, National Transmission recommends to schedule an appointment to find out if there is a faulty system in need of servicing.
Low Fuel Warning
The customers of National Transmission are probably all too familiar with the low-fuel warning symbol on their vehicles' dashboards. The light is intended to let drivers know that the fuel level is low and the vehicle should be refueled quickly to avoid being stranded on the roads of Houston or those throughout Harris County. If upon refueling the low fuel warning light does not turn off there may be a malfunction with the sensor and it is recommended to schedule an appointment and let a technician at National Transmission service and repair the vehicle.
Low Oil Pressure
The low oil pressure light, as the name implies, indicates a vehicle's oil level is low and should be checked as quickly as possible. For those not familiar with how to properly check the oil level, schedule an appointment or just stop by National Transmission and let one of our auto mechanics be of service.
Open Door Warning
As the name indicates, the open door warning symbol means a vehicle door is open. When visible each door should be checked until the light disappears. If upon checking all doors the symbol remains light, schedule an appointment at National Transmission and let a qualified technician inspect and repair if necessary.
Parking Brake Light
The parking brake light appears on a dashboard upon engaging a vehicle's parking brake or to inform a vehicle's owner that the parking brake requires servicing. National Transmission recommends to customers that the parking brake should be inspected regularly to ensure it works and is available in situations when required, often times when parking on a incline in Houston.
Power Steering Warning
The power steering light warning symbol appears to indicate a problem with a vehicle's power steering. Often times unusual sounds or difficult steering may mean a problem with the steering system. National Transmission strongly encourages customers to schedule an appointment for inspection and service when the power steering light appears on the dashboard.
Rear Hatch Door Warning
The presence of the rear hatch door warning symbol lets a driver know that the trunk or rear-hatch is open or ajar. If the rear-hatch light is continually present it may mean the sensor is faulty and one should consider to schedule an appointment to let a mechanic at National Transmission inspect and service the indicator if necessary.
Rear Washer Fluid Level Low
The rear washer fluid level low symbol lets a driver know when the reservoir for the rear window windshield wiper is low and needs replenishment. National Transmission tells our customers to keep the reservoir filled to ensure safe driving around Houston and surrounding Harris County area.
Seatbelt Warning Light
The seat belt warning light is one of the more important warning symbols on the dashboard of a vehicle. The purpose of the warning symbol is to let passengers know that seat belts are not in use or improperly fastened. National Transmission tells customers if the seat belt warning light is present when seat belts are properly fastened to schedule an appointment to have this very important vehicle safety feature inspected and repaired if necessary.
The service required warning symbol informs a vehicle's owner that a service or preventative maintenance is required. Quite often this symbol is a courtesy reminder for scheduled regular maintenance, but other times it could be indicating that a more important or serious problem needs to be diagnosed and repair. When a customer calls National Transmission about the service required symbol appearing on the dashboard we advise them to schedule an appointment and let one of our qualified technicians inspect the vehicle.
Tire Pressure Warning
When the tire pressure warning symbol is light on the dashboard it may mean that one or more of a vehicle's tires have low air pressure or there is a sensor not operating properly. Vehicle owners should inspect the tires for proper air pressure. And while some automobiles require a professional diagnosis, some are programmed to enable owners to manually reset the TPMS warning light. Of course National Transmission customers can always schedule an appointment to have one of our technicians do this service as well.
Traction Control Warning
When a vehicle's traction control system malfunctions or has been deactivated the traction control warning symbol appears on the dashboard. National Transmission tells customers that when the roads in Houston or the surrounding Harris County area are wet or icy, the traction control system should be implemented. Additionally customers are told to schedule an appointment at National Transmission if the system malfunctions.
The blinking turn signal symbol on a dashboard represents a vehicle is getting prepared to change lanes, make a turn, or exit the roadway. When a turn signal symbol is blinking more rapidly than normal it usually means a bulb is about to burn out and to schedule an appointment at National Transmission to have it replaced.
Washer Fluid Level Low
The washer fluid level low symbol means the vehicle's fluid level for the windshield is low and should be filled. For optimal driving visibility National Transmission recommends refilling the fluid reservoir as soon as possible.