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One of the great things about modern automobiles is that they come equipped with a system to let you know a wide depth of information that help you maintain the vehicle and your safety on the road. Some of these indicators let you know that you activated something, like your head lights. Others tell you that your car needs a refill on needed items like gasoline. And yet others warn you of another, deeper problem.

Can you trust those lights? The milder lights—gas, headlights, brights, etc.—can generally be trusted because you can double check the indicator with the environment. For instance, if the low fuel light comes on, a simple check of your fuel gauge will tell you that it isn’t lying.

The other lights, possibly telling you about deeper issues with the car, are a little more complicated. The best thing to begin with is to understand what the warning lights are actually warning you about. This can help you understand what part of your vehicle may be breaking down. Simply pull out the owner’s manual and check to see what the light means.

Next, go to your computer, bring along the manual, and look up what the signal means. Some of these signals communicate numerous different items that turning to the internet to get help is a really good idea. For example, the “check engine” warning light carries with it such a grab-bag of warnings that you should check with the internet or take it to a mechanic. The check engine light can be warning you, for instance, that your gas tank lid hasn’t been put on properly or that there is a legitimate problem deep within the engine.

As I have hinted at above, it is always a good idea to consult an expert when a warning light comes on. This is particularly true for lights that tell you something may be going wrong with the engine. Mechanics have specific tools and expertise that can plug in to the vehicle’s computer system and find out the specific problem that caused the light to be turned on. Again, this is particularly relevant for the “check engine” warning light.

While some of the warning lights do tell you things that you can check out on your own—for instance, checking the fuel gauge when the low-fuel light comes on—and others tell you that you switched something on—like your headlights—others can be warning you of a deeper problem with the vehicle. Check the easy solutions first. Once that is taken care of, you should seriously consider taking it into the mechanic.

Auto Repair at General Muffler & Auto Supply

If your dashboard lights have come on and you need a mechanic’s help for your next auto repair then contact General Muffler & Auto Supply in Ansonia, CT today!

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    General Muffler & Auto Supply
    670 Main St
    Ansonia, CT 06401
    (203) 735-6406

    Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
    Saturday: 8:00am - 3:00pm
    Sunday: Closed
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    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
    Wednesday 8:00am-1:00pm
    Saturday 8:00am-3:00pm