What Do Dashboard Brake Lights Mean?
Dashboard brake warning lights might be nothing, or they might mean you need to go straight to the shop. Here’s what those glowing dashboard lights mean:
- My car’s ABS (antilock braking system) light is on. Your car’s ABS has an electrical problem. Go straight to a brake technician. Don’t ignore it, even if you haven’t noticed any change in your car’s handling. The ABS reduces skidding and stopping distance in emergencies, so you want it working perfectly.
- My car’s brake service light is on. Check your parking brake. If it’s engaged, disengage it and see if the light stays on. If the service light goes out, you can drive normally. But keep an eye on it for a while.
- My parking brake isn’t engaged, or the light stayed on when I disengaged it. There may be a problem with hydraulic brake components or brake fluid in the master cylinder may be low. Get your car to the shop without delay.
Pay attention to those warning lights! They can vary by make, model and year, so if you’re just not sure what they mean, get your vehicle in to get checked. You’ll be safer and avoid potentially costly repairs later on.