Acura Vehicles: Warning Lights to Watch For

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The Acura dashboard is full of informative details, some of which are more pressing than others. In addition to the speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge and temperature gauge (as well as other displays Acura vehicles might have), there’s also a host of warning lights. Here's a guide to the warning lights that your Acura might display and which lights require immediate attention.

Acura HeadlightRed Lights Are High-Priority Emergency Indicators

The warning lights on Acura vehicles' dashes are color-coded, and you may see red, yellow, green or blue lights come on at times.

Of these, red and yellow ones are the most important warning lights to watch for -- and red lights require immediate attention. Yellow lights should be heeded, but you don’t necessarily need to pull over at that moment to take care of them.

Green and blue lights tend to be reserved for less essential information, such as whether cruise control is enabled or high beams are on.

Red Warning Lights That Require Immediate Attention

Whether a red warning light is a true emergency depends on the light, but all of these lights are reserved for critical functions. If the issue isn’t fixed, the resulting consequences could be potentially disastrous.

A few red warning lights you might see are the:

• Seat Belt Reminder, which comes on if someone’s seatbelt isn’t fastened

• Door/Trunk Open Indicator, which comes on if a door or the trunk isn’t properly latched

• Charging System Indicator, which comes on if the battery isn’t being charged

• Low Oil Pressure Indicator, which comes on if there’s insufficient oil pressure

• Brake System Indicator, which comes on if the parking brake is engaged or there’s insufficient brake fluid

Some of these, such as the seat belt and door/trunk indicators, don’t necessarily mean your Acura vehicle has a problem. They do, however, remind you that there’s an essential item you must attend to before you can safely operate the vehicle.

Others, like the charging system, oil pressure and brake indicators, could mean there’s a vital mechanical system that’s not working properly. A battery that doesn’t charge could lead to loss of power, too little oil pressure could cause your Acura’s engine to seize up, and a loss of brake pressure might make it hard to slow down.

Pull over to a safe spot immediately if you see any of these mechanical indicators, and determine what is causing the indicator to come on. You might be able to fix the issue easily, or you may need to get a tow to an Acura dealership.

Acura DashboardYellow Warning Lights That Require Service

Yellow warning lights tend to show that there’s a mechanical issue, but the issue isn’t essential to safety and won’t result in imminent mechanical failure. Some common yellow warning lights are the:

• Low Fuel Indicator, which means there isn’t much gasoline in the tank

• Electric Power Steering Indicator, which means there’s an issue with the power steering

• Low Tire Pressure Indicator, which means a tire has insufficient air in it

• Check Engine Light, which may indicate a number of different engine-related problems

If you notice any of these, attend to the issue or have your Acura vehicle serviced soon.

Get Your Acura Vehicle Serviced

Whenever you need help addressing the cause of an indicator light, bring your Acura vehicle to the service department at McGrath Acura of Downtown Chicago. Located at 1301 N. Elston Ave. and open six days a week, McGrath Acura of Downtown Chicago is the convenient place to get your Acura serviced if you live in Cicero, Berwyn or a nearby community.

Article Published on October 14, 2019.

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