1. ABS warning light – it is turned on every time there's something wrong with the Anti-lock Brake System. Note that the ABS symbol is activated once the drive starts the engine, but it's automatically turned off after a few seconds.
2. Low fuel notification – this panel is switched on if the fuel level gets very low and refuel is required.
3. Seat belt reminder – It may appear in the center of the reminder light for the driver or to the right as a passenger reminder. It simply wants you to put on your seatbelt. It will remain flashing as long the engine is started and the seatbelt remains unfastened.
4. Electrical problem warning – this light warns you that there's a problem with the electrical system of the car.
5. Brake system alert – the notification is powered on if the ECU detects a problem to the brake system.
6. Warning light – it signals an unidentified problem with your car; it usually requires the car to be serviced.
7. Child seat indicator – if illuminated it informs you that the standardized child safety seat is attached.
8. Tire pressure monitor – the warning is turned on in case of low tire pressure which could raise the fuel consumption or affect the grip.
9. Air filter – usually installed on the center console, but also found on the dashboard; this light informs the driver that a malfunction was detected at the passenger compartment air filter.
10. Front airbag – the light monitors the front airbag and, in case it is turned on, signals a problem with it; it usually requires professional assistance.
11. Side airbag – same as the front airbag but intended for the side airbag.
12. Child seat – this symbol informs the driver that there may be a problem with the rear-mounted child seat; similar to number 7 but used by different manufacturers.
13. Fog beams indicator – once this is activated it remains on once the driver turns on the fog beams.
14. Windshield wash – a notification appears once the windshield wipers are activated.
15. Master lighting switch – this notifies the driver that there is a problem with one of the lights in the car.
16. Rear window defrost – it is turned on once the driver presses the rear window defrosting button.
17. Child seat warning – similar to the other child seat notifications, it warns the driver that the child seat may be wrongly installed.
18. Brake fluid malfunction – rarely installed on the dashboard, it unveils a problem in the brake fluid recipient.
19. Battery warning – if this light is turned on while driving, it reveals a malfunction concerning the battery charging system.
20. Child safety lock – if lighted on, the symbol shows you that the child safety lock has been activated.
21. Emergency indicator – the notification is activated once the driver pushes the emergency button.
22. Cruise control – this light is turned on if the cruise control system is activated; note that it may differ by brand and car model.
23. Windshield defrost – similar to rear window defrost but especially intended for windshield.
24. Powertrain malfunction – if illuminated, this light shows that the powertrain has been damaged and the car needs to be serviced as soon as possible.
25. Slip indicator – mostly installed on luxury cars, the slip indicator unveils that the car may lose grip due to difficult driving conditions.
26. Open doors indicator – this symbol is usually turned on just after the driver starts the engine and informs him that one or more doors are closed incorrectly.
27. Anti-theft system – exclusively installed on Ford models, this symbol flashes once the Securilock Anti-theft technology has been enabled.
28. Electronic Throttle Control light – briefly enabled when the driver starts the engine, the indicator shows a malfunction in the Electronic Throttle Control system.
29. AWD – with a pretty suggestive name, this panel is lighted on once the all-wheel drive system is enabled.
30. ESP/BAS light – similar to the ABS indicator, but especially installed to inform the driver about a potential problem with the Electronic Stability Program technology.
31. Overdrive indicator – it shows the driver that the overdrive system has been turned off.
32. Turn signals – surely the most known instrument panels, the turn signals are activated once the driver changes direction and uses the signal lever.
33. Temperature warning light – it warns the driver of the possibility of engine overheating and usually demands the driver to stop the vehicle.
34. OBD Indicator – member of the Onboard Diagnostics, this indicators reveals a problem to the engine or to the gas emissions and required the car to be serviced.
35. High beam light – it is turned on once the driver activates the high beam mode of the headlights.
36. Oil pressure warning – this notification is turned on if the ECU detects a problem with the oil pressure; the driver is usually recommended to stop the vehicle and service it as soon as possible.
DASHBOARD WARNING LIGHTS
This is a dashboard, with this you can see if you are low on gasoline, if there are any troubles with the car, if any doors are open, if you're not wearing a seatbelt, the speed you are going, and total amount of miles driven. (The information the dashboard gives depends on the model of the car)
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