Every time you start your car, the dashboard warning lights glow to greet you and fade away after a few seconds. But if they stay on, there may be a major problem that needs to be dealt with right away.
“Motorists need to be aware of the critical ‘big three’ warning lights,” said John Nielsen, director of AAA Automotive. “They include those that monitor engine oil pressure, engine coolant temperature and the vehicle charging system. To reduce the chances of vehicle damage and/or a roadside breakdown, these warning lights require prompt and proper action when they illuminate.”
AAA provides the following guidelines on what to do if these lights come on:
* Engine oil pressure: This warning light commonly displays an oil can symbol or the word “OIL.” This means that the engine has lost its supply of pressurized lubricating oil and severe engine damage or catastrophic failure can occur within seconds.
If the oil pressure warning light comes on, pull off the road immediately, shut off the engine and have your vehicle towed to a repair facility. Unless you are in an extremely dangerous situation, do not...