Today’s vehicles are equipped with an array of warning lights. Of course we’re all familiar will the seat belt warning and the door ajar indicator; however, with the automotive industry’s technological advancements there are a number of warning lights that can be quite alarming.

Following is a Question and Answer Guide on some of the more common Warning Light concerns. Note: due to the frequency of the Check Engine Warning Light, it has a section all its own. Visit www.repairtrust.com/check.html.

1) SRS Light (Supplemental Restraint System): the supplemental restraint system is your Airbag System. It may incorporate a variety of active, passive, and even pre-safe technology depending on the vehicle. Given that the SRS System is a safety system, it is well monitored with numerous sensors and automatic self-tests. The slightest malfunction in this system illuminates the SRS light.

“Can the vehicle be driven with an SRS Light on?” Yes, at the owner’s risk. There are thousands of vehicles on the road without SRS technology.

“Is the airbag going to blow up?” It’s unlikely. When the SRS Light is on the system is inoperative.

2) ABS Lights: The Anti-Lock Brake System Warning Light is another common occurrence in today’s vehicles. The ABS system helps to keep you from skidding out of control during braking by limiting your wheels from locking up/skidding.

The ABS system is often integrated with traction control and stability systems, all of which are designed to keep you safe during panic stops, wheel slippage, and handling.

“Do I need brakes?” You might, but that’s not why the ABS Light is on. The ABS Warning System does not monitor disc brake pad or disc brake rotor wear (see the Padlight Warning section below)

“Can the vehicle be driven?” Like the SRS system, the vehicle can be driven at the owner’s risk as there are many vehicles still on the market without the enhanced safety features of ABS.

“Why is my ABS light on? How do I reset the ABS Light?” These are simple questions with a multitude of answers depending on the vehicle in question. For a QUICK and FREE solution, follow the information and guidelines for Resetting Check Engine Light, and apply them to your ABS light.

3) Low Coolant Light: The Low Coolant Light will come on when the coolant drops below the coolant level sensorgenerally one to two quarts. If this light is on, there are two primary possibilities. The most common is a coolant leak. The other is an electrical fault in the warning lamp circuit. Have them checked out.

“Can it be driven?” If there are no major leaks, the vehicle is not overheating (and does not start to overheat), and there is still some evidence of coolant in the overflow bottle, it can be driven. If you can see coolant leaking on the groundtow it. When in doubt, always tow it!

4) Red Oil Light On: Stop driving immediately and shut the engine off! If a Red Oil Warning Light comes on PAY ATTENTION.

The best case scenario is that your engine oil is a little low. The second best case scenario is that there is an electrical issue with the Oil Level Warning System circuit.

First, follow your owners’ manual’s instructions to check your oil. If low, add as recommendedmake sure you don’t see it dripping or pouring out on the ground, which would indicate a “major” engine leak.

If the oil is not low and your engine is making ticking, knocking, or unusual noises, Tow it!

If everything appears ok, and you’re a bit of a gambler, it may just be an issue with the warning lamp circuit. In this case, get your vehicle checked out at your earliest convenience.

The worst case scenario is internal engine damage.

Note: many of today’s vehicles have very sensitive and sophisticated Oil Level Warning Systems. You may be alerted of oil level too high, or oil level too low. Again, refer to your owners’ manual’s instructions.

So whether it’s a 1993 Ford Aerostar Check Oil Light, or a question of “Why does oil light flash in Saab automobile,” PAY ATTENTION!

5) Red Brake Warning Lights: Generally, Red Warning Lights mean DANGER. In the case of a Red Brake Warning Light, there may be a hydraulic brake fluid leak. If the brake pedal feels abnormal or spongydon’t driveTow It!

“Can I drive it?” If the car is stopping ok, and you’re a gambler, go ahead. If the brake pedal feels different than usual, or if the vehicle is not stopping properly, don’t drive it!

Note: make sure that your emergency brake is not on or partially engaged, as this will illuminate a Red Brake Warning Light.

6) Yellow Brake Warning Light (Padlight): This is an early warning system for brake pad wear. Essentially, as your disc brake pads wear down, at a certain point a sensor is tripped to alert you that you will need brakes soon.

“Can I drive the vehicle, and for how long?” Yes, you can continue to drive. How long depends on your driving style. City drivers (city driving is generally harder on brakes due to the constant stop and go) will likely need their brakes addressed before someone who does primarily highway driving.

“Will I do more damage to the brakes?” Depending on how long you continue to drive you could conceivably wear your disc brake pads down to the metal backing plate, which could then damage your disc brake rotors and, in rare cases, the disc brake calipers. However, with many of today’s brake systems, the replacement of the disc brake rotors along with the disc brake pads is required or strongly recommended.

Important: It is better to have your brakes checked early to increase the possibility of saving money by not having to replace the rotors. However, many of today’s brake disc pads and rotors require replacement not due to wear, but due to rust and corrosion; thus rotor replacement is often necessary anyway. Brake calipers rarely need replacing during regular brake work.

7) Air Suspension Lights (Airmatic, Air Ride, Hydraulic Suspensions): Suspension Warning Lights illuminate when the suspension’s monitoring system has detected a fault. Often there is a leakeither air or hydraulic fluid.

“Can I drive it?” Sometimes. But if the suspension is lower than usual, and/or the vehicle just doesn’t feel rightTow It! Extensive damage could result if the suspension drops too low while driving.

Note: air suspension system repairs are best left to the best, state-of-the-art service center you can find, preferably a dealership.

8) Tire Pressure Warning Light: This recent technological development causes quite a bit of confusion. Put simply, if your tire is getting low on air, your car lets you know via sensors mounted in various places depending on the model.

“What is the low tire pressure warning light reset procedure?” Sometimes the reset procedure is as simple as pressing a button. Other times one has to set the tire pressures, recalibrate the on-board computer, genuflect and cross two fingers. Check your owners’ manual or call a specialist or dealer.

Note: Local shops and franchises (for the most part) lack familiarity with Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems given that this is a fairly recent technological development. You can refer to How to Reset Check Engine Light, and follow the tips, and suggestions for getting it reset.

9) Emission Warning Light: This light is similar to the Check Engine Light. Many European models such as Volvos have this type of Warning System. It’s essentially letting you know that an emissions component has failed or detected a fault. Follow the Check Engine Light information and tips to address this particular warning light.

Note: make sure you take it to a shop equipped to handle emissions work.

10) Resetting Oil Lights (Oil Change Warning Lamps): Whether it’s a Toyota Oil Light Procedure, an Oil Change Warning Light Reset 2005 GMC Envoy, or the process to Reset 1999 M3 Oil Service Light, all require a specific course of action.

Most owners’ manuals have this information. You should find it under maintenance or oil service. You can also call your local mechanic, who resets oil service lights everyday on a variety of models. A dealership will certainly have the information; however, finding someone in a dealership who can translate it effectively may be difficult.

If the above fails, see the process for Resetting Check Engine Light.

Note: several European models require special tools to reset the oil service light, thus it’s best to call or visit a specialist or dealer.

Note: This information is not a substitute for your vehicle’s owners’ manual. It is meant to be a general guide. Always refer to manufacturer vehicle-specific guidelines.

Note: PAY ATTENTION to how you are billed for any of the above warning concerns. Because of their technical nature they can get “unnecessarily” very pricy, quickly.

Theodore Olson
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I was actually a passenger in a car that was having an active
Oil Leak. The driver knew what was happening, and was warned to
pull to the side of the road and call a tow truck, but she
wanted to try to make it home. Unfortunately, she didn’t. The
engine seized up, never to run again. What a foolish and costly
mistake.

The simple fact is that the engine in your car cannot run
without lubrication from oil. Heat and friction would, as
illustrated in the case above, cause the engine to come to a
full halt.

When I bought a new car many years ago and took it in for it’s
first Oil Change the mechanic said to me that if I kept the oil
changed I’d get 200,000 miles out of the engine. He was right. I
faithfully changed the oil every 3,000 miles and at 189,000
miles had to say goodbye to my faithful friend, not due to
engine trouble, but due to a rusting frame. He also noticed that
the oil filter that was on my vehicle from the manufacturer was
larger than actually called for. He said this wasn’t a bad idea.
A larger amount of oil meant more flowing through the engine
cooling and lubricating and cleaning the engine. When I started
to change the oil myself I kept on using the larger oil filter.

Most new cars today don’t call for their oil to be changed quite
as often as every 3,000 miles. Generally it’s 5,000 and some
even more. I like to have the oil in my car changed at least
every 5,000 miles. That oil change is actually more than an oil
change. The technician gets to give your car a once over,
checking belts and hoses and other vital fluids. Generally we
don’t even think about these things. It’s much easier to change
a worn belt while your car is in the shop than be broken down on
the side of the road waiting for a tow truck.

The simple act of changing the oil in your car may be the best
thing you can do to protect your car, and your investment in it

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“GM will replace faulty part for free.”
General Motors is recalling 1,497,516 cars because of an Oil Leak that could start an engine fire. The company says the root of the problem is the plastic spark plug retention channel.
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Affected Cars

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August 8, 2009

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I’m shopping for a used van. I know some dealers will have the engines steam cleaned so they look nicer. Is there a way to detect an engine Oil Leak even if it has been steam cleaned?

Ask to take it for a drive and drive it all over and then have someone check the motor for leaks if it has a leak you will see it after a drive but its hard to find a used cars with no engine leaks a little leak won’t kill it but if its pouring oil out i would buy it.


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The main purpose of the Mercedes Benz hoses in your vehicle is to see to it that vital fluids keep circulating in the engine parts. Usually, these hoses are made of two rubber layers with a layer of fabric in between. Since they are made of rubbers, they usually deteriorate with age and exposure to heat.

Mercedes Benz hoses generally consist of radiator hose and heater hose (coolant hoses), fuel hose and power steering hose. Each of these has its important role.

The radiator hose provides a flexible connection for coolant flow between the engine and the radiator. There are two kinds of radiator hoses. One is the upper radiator hose and the other one is the lower radiator hose. In order to withstand heat, vibration, pressure, and cooling system chemicals, they are both made typically of reinforced synthetic rubber. Together with the heater hose, they are called as coolant hoses and have the purpose of providing a flexible connection for coolant flow between the engine and the radiator and the engine and the heater core. Ideally, these coolant hoses should be inspected at least twice a year and changed every four years. This is mainly because recent studies show that hoses really begin to break down from the inside out. This process generates fine cracks in the wall of the hose tube and is called electrochemical degradation (ECD). When these fine cracks start to extend from inside the hose tube to the outside, the coolant can then seep through these cracks and attack the hose reinforcement. When this condition is not properly prevented, it will eventually develop into a split, blister or a leak. It is also suggested that you change any hose whenever when you replace a cooling system part that is connected to it.

The power steering hose, on the other hand, connects the power steering pump to the cylinders. This enables your vehicle to turn left and right easily. There are basically two hoses that make up the power steering system. One is the high-pressure hose that is made up of reinforced synthetic compound and has hose fittings that are usually double-flared compression. It carries high-pressure oil from the power steering pump to the steering gear. The low-pressure hose may not use compression fittings because of the lesser amount of pressure that passes through it. It also brings oil from the steering gear back to the pump or its reservoir. Leaks or damages on this hose could result to a loss of power steering assist.

From its name, the fuel hose has the purpose of transporting gasoline from the tank to the engine. The fuel hose is made to withstand gasoline and alcohol, and is reinforced to hold pressure. The reason it needs to be replaced is that the internal flaking of this hose, which releases small pieces of rubber can end up plugging fuel injectors or carburetor circuits.

The worst case scenario when your Mercedes Benz hoses are not properly maintained? Well, the coolant may leak and the engine may overheat. You may end up stuck in the middle of the road with smoke steaming out from your car’s hood. To prevent this, all you need is proper maintenance.

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My car is an 05 Pontiac G6 Gt…. I dont know how in the world it could have an oil leak. I’ve never even had a car that had an oil leak… How is this possible to just get one??? Its covered under warranty so I dont have to pay for anything, its just weird. I’ve had 4 brand new cars, and this is the first one to ever have an Oil Leak. Its a great car overall, just never had this happen before.

It could just be sumthing as simple as a faulty gasket. When u think about how vehicles are massed produced sumthing simple could have been over looked.


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