We interpret your vehicle’s “warning language” for you

Seeing a “Check Engine” light pop on can strike fear in anyone who owns a vehicle. What seems to worry drivers the most is when they have no idea what the symbol on the dashboard means. We’re pretty sure the meme below is someone’s attempt at comedy, but we’ll also admit that some of those symbols are not too easy to interpret. In this blog post, we’ll show you some of the most common dash warning lights and tell you what they mean.


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Dash lights are usually classified by color; red lights indicate an urgent mechanical need; yellow indicates that something needs attention or that there is a safety issue; and green usually means a special feature has been engaged, lighting features are turned on, or that some routine maintenance is due. Your vehicle may not have different colors for different types of warnings. This is why it’s important to check your owner’s manual if an unfamiliar light appears on your dashboard.


The RED lights (these mean stop ASAP, you’ve got problems!)


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The YELLOW lights (attention is needed / caution notifications).


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The GREEN lights (informational lights).


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Lighting feature indicators:


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Special feature engaged indicators:


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Special symbols found exclusively in vehicles with diesel engines:


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In conclusion, we’d like to remind you that not all of these lights indicate a problem with your vehicle, some are simply indicator lights. However, if you see a light on your dashboard that you’re not familiar with, it’s always better to err on the side of caution. Bring your vehicle in to the qualified technicians in the SVG Service Department. They’ll be happy to help you diagnose your dash light.

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