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Dashboard Light Indicator Problems

ABS, SRS, 4WD, VSC lights

Your dashboard light indicators are proof that modern cars and trucks are basically a computer on wheels. All cars now have a central computer brain that communicates to your car through sensors mounted throughout your car. And those sensors can fail, as shown when a dashboard light turns on.

When a dashboard light indicator turns on, it means trouble. Those lights usually mean you need to a qualified technician with the right equipment to understand what’s happening to your car.

Is Your ABS Dashboard Light On?

Your check engine light means your vehicle is trying to talk to you. If the light stays on after restarting your vehicle, then it’s saying that your brake system may not work when needed.

ABS, or your vehicle’s Anti-Lock Braking System, is the system that stops your car on ice or slippery road conditions. You know it’s working when brake pedal vibrates during a stop. You also know it’s working when you’re car actually stops when driving on ice.

Both a flashing ABS light and a solid ABS light means a technician needs to check your car to ensure your vehicle will stop when you need it.

Is Your SRS Light On?

SRS stands for Supplemental Restraint System. Informally, this is called your “Airbag System”.

The SRS warning light means that your airbags may not work when you need them. The airbag may function but a sensor went bad. Or, the airbag won’t work because the airbag itself went bad. Regardless, when you see the light turn on, it’s important to have your airbag system checked.

What Does VSC OFF or TRAC OFF Light Mean?

VSC is stands for “Vehicle Stability Control”. This helps your vehicle maintain control in a skid by managing the power to your wheels. It’s an essential safety feature that has been required by law since 2012.

If you see a “Trac off” light or VSC indicator, this means that your “Electronic Traction Control” is turned off, or not working.  When you see it, you will need help from a certified mechanic to correct the problem.

Is your 4WD Dashboard Light Flashing?

Does you four wheel drive system work? Is your 4WD (or AWD) warning light flashing? Or is there a “Service 4WD System” message displayed?

These lights indicate that system is in an error mode and may not work. This could be because of a sensor failure or a malfunction in the 4WD control system. While you could give it a test by mud bogging in Weiser this fall, we suggest you instead take it Driven Automotive and have one of our certified technicians look at the problem. You’ll be glad you did.

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Taking your vehicle to a certified technician like Driven Automotive for indicator light issues not only corrects the problem but also keeps your warranty intact. Should your car be under warranty and the warranty mechanic find that your car wasn’t serviced by a certified mechanic, they could void your warranty and force you to front the cost of repair.

Driven Automotive provides quality service by certified mechanics at a reasonable price. Contact us today for an estimate!