Auto Diagnostics in St. Catharines, ON
Your vehicle's dashboard has lots of lights that turn on when there is an issue with your car. If even one of these lights turns on while you are driving, it can be a cause for alarm. Because modern vehicles contain more technology and features than ever, there can be multiple reasons why a particular dashboard light turns on, making it difficult to troubleshoot. When it comes to auto diagnostics, it is important to have an expert on your side when one or more of your dashboard lights turns on. We at Boyd Automotive & Tire in Ontario Province are those auto repair experts.
What do all the lights on my dashboard mean?
If one or more of your dashboard lights turn on and you are in St. Catharines, Fonthill or nearby, you can come to Boyd Automotive & Tire for auto repair, scheduled maintenance, and more. Whether you drive a Toyota, Honda, Ford, Hyundai, or something else, your dashboard lights have universal meanings that span all vehicle makes. Here is a brief explanation of what each of your dashboard lights means:
- Oil Pressure Light
This light means there is an issue with your car's oil pressure system. There is either not enough oil in your vehicle or your oil pump isn't circulating enough fluid to lubricate the surfaces inside your vehicle properly.
- Tire Pressure Warning Light
This light signals that the pressure in one or more of your tires is either too high or too low. Driving with high-pressure or low-pressure tires can cause further damage to your vehicle, so it is important to get this issue resolved as soon as possible. If you are in the L2S 0B3 area or nearby, you can come to Boyd Automotive & Tire to rebalance your tire pressure.
- Engine Temperature Warning
If you see this light pop up, it means that your engine is overheated. This most likely has to do with your coolant (also called antifreeze), but it can happen for a variety of reasons. It’s important to address this immediately to avoid further damage.
- Traction Control Light
This indicates that your vehicle's traction system control is activated. The traction control system uses your anti-lock brake system to determine if one wheel is spinning faster than another. If it detects that a wheel is slipping, it applies the brakes until it regains traction. This is most helpful if you are driving in the rain or snow of Jordan or Lincoln.
- Anti-Lock Brake Warning Light
This light means that something is wrong with your vehicle's anti-lock brake system. Anti-lock brakes keep your vehicle in contact with the road safely, so it is important to get this problem checked out as soon as possible.
- Traction Control Malfunction
This light indicates that your vehicle's traction control system might have a broken or damaged sensor, or some other malfunction.
- Check Engine Light
This light could mean a number of things, like a loose fuel cap, a problem with your transmission, low oil pressure or overheating, or something else. If the light is steady, it is usually not a cause for immediate alarm (but you should bring your vehicle into an auto repair shop as soon as you can). If the light flashes, however, this indicates a very serious problem and you should stop driving immediately and give Boyd Automotive & Tire a call at 905-685-5821.
- Battery Alert
This symbol indicates that there is an issue with your vehicle's charging system. However, the issue may not be with the battery itself. It could indicate that you have a loose or damaged battery cable, or that your alternator belt is broken. If it is your battery, you'll start to notice that your clock is fading or your headlights are dimming. If you wait too long, your vehicle can completely conk out. This is what has happened when you see fellow drivers "jumping" each other's cars.
- Washer Fluid Indicator
This light means that you are low on washer fluid and should get a refill as soon as you can.
If one or more of your dashboard lights is on, you can bring your car to Boyd Automotive & Tire in St. Catharines for an efficient and accurate diagnosis on what the issue with your vehicle is. We can also perform the appropriate services your vehicle needs, such as oil changes, fluid services and tune-ups or transmission repair.
Your award-winning local Shop for Auto Diagnostics
If something is wrong with your vehicle and/or one or more of your dashboard lights turns on, don't hesitate to bring your car into Boyd Automotive & Tire in St. Catharines today. Our owner Stu Boyd has hired technicians who understand the root causes of your auto issues and who use the latest tools and technology to quickly assess the problem with your vehicle. We've been fixing cars since 2002 and have a commitment to customer service.
Here are some reasons why you should choose us:
- Locally owned and operated since 2002
- Only OEM and OEM-approved parts/components
- Shuttle on all services, loaner on major service
Don't ignore any issues with your car, bring it to our experts at Boyd Automotive & Tire in St. Catharines. Schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at 905-685-5821.