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Flashing Lights: Some Basic Warning Signs to Note in your Car

By Sebastian Gaydos Subscribe to RSS | February 16th 2012 | Views:
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Designed with high standards and strict tolerances, they are meant to last for years while being reliable and comfortable too. In fact, manufacturers put long warranties on their vehicles as a sign of confidence in their quality. However, like all man-made things, even the best quality car will break down. Luckily, technology allows you to have an easier idea of what's going on inside your car.

Modern cars have a wide array of sensors connected to different systems such as the engine, transmission, and electronics. These constantly monitor the condition of the car. When a problem arises, these sensors trigger an alert or a warning, usually in the dashboard of your car. This warning system is known as On Board Diagnostics 2 or OBD 2.

This system allows you to troubleshoot basic issues with your car and for mechanics to pinpoint exact problems in a more efficient and quicker way. For example, if your car's oil pressure is too low, the oil warning light will flash. Generally, this is remedied with a simple oil change. However, if it continues flashing, then there might be a problem with the oil pump. A mechanic can then detect if there is a leak, a blocked filter, or a failure with the pump.

Another common warning indicator is the service engine light. Edmonton used car dealerships recommend that you have your car serviced when this appears. This warning generally means that the car is coming close to a scheduled maintenance checkup, which can be determined by the car itself. It monitors various parts of the engine and informs you of the parts that need to be serviced soon.

Among Edmonton used cars, a common indicator that lights up is the brake warning light. This means that there may be an issue with the braking system. It could be from something as minor as leaving the parking brake engaged to something more serious such as your car's brake fluid levels hovering near dangerously low levels. For more modern cars, an anti-lock braking system warning light can be a major issue with the said system, so have that checked immediately.

When Edmonton used cars for sale you bought in the past show any suspicious warning lights on the dashboard, have them checked as soon as possible for major problems. As long as you pay attention to these lights, your car should continue running reliably for years to come.

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