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Warnings from Gauges & Instrumentation Panel

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Most drivers do not pay attention to the instrumental panel in their cars. The only thing that most drivers pay attention to is the speedometer…just to make sure that they are not charged with a speed ticket. However there are multiple gauges and lights on your vehicle that help to keep you aware of potential problems. If your gauges are in the red or a light comes on your instrumentation panel, you should immediately take your vehicle to a Long Beach auto repair shop so they can diagnose and correct the problem before it becomes an emergency.

All drivers must pay attention to the instrumental panel. Drivers should be educated about the importance of gauges for themselves and their cars. Many vehicles today do not have gauges, but warning lights. The problem with warning lights is that they show up late on your instrumental panel. By the time these warning lights are visible, you might already have a serious problem. If a light comes on, you should immediately take it to a auto repair shop for diagnosis.

These are some of the gauges your vehicle might have:

  • Speedometer – Probably the gauge we are most familiar with. If it is not properly working, you could end up getting a ticket for driving too fast or too slow. In many cases, if the speedometer isn’t working, the odometer isn’t working either, which indicates your miles driven.
  • Water Temperature Gauge – This should be checked to make sure that the car is not getting overheated. It is particularly important during the summer time.
  • Tachometer Gauge – It tells the driver the revolutions per minute (RPM) with which the crank of the engine turns.
  • Oil Temperature Gauge – If the oil temperature in the engine overheats, it can cause breakdown. Thus, keeping track of oil temperature is important.

Check Engine Lights – If your check engine light comes on, it could indicate that you need maintenance or that you have a potentially more serious problem. When you see the light, get it checked.

Check Oil Light – When you see the check oil light, this is not an indicator that tells you that you have another week before there is a problem. It should be addressed immediately.

Check Tires – This is another light that is often ignored. Your check tire light is indicating that you have one or more tires with low pressure. It can also be an indicator that you have a potential flat tire. Check your tires visually for punctures and listen as well for air escaping. Check your tire pressure and inflate to proper PSI.

There are cases in which you might have an issue with a warning light sensor. If this occurs, it is much better to be sure than be stranded. Small issues can become major repairs if ignored. Stop by or give us a call at (562) 421-1905 to schedule an appointment to get you gauges and warning light issue addressed. We only staff the highest quality technicians so you can make sure your automotive related issues are handled with the utmost professionalism and skill.