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Drivers are warned to be on the lookout for three lights on the dashboard meaning you MUST stop your vehicle

A CAR technician warned the driver about three lights on the dashboard that mean you MUST stop the car.

Paul Kennaley said he regularly sees customers ignore warning lights from their vehicles on a weekly basis.

Many motorists often ignore the warning lights on their dashboard

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Many motorists often ignore the warning lights on their dashboardCredit: Getty
Do not take any action that could be costly or even fatal to the driver

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Do not take any action that could be costly or even fatal to the driverCredit: Getty

Failure to take action can not only be dangerous but also costly to the driver if the problem persists.

“These lights are for a reason,” says Kennaley. “Most drivers notice them when they appear and act on them immediately.”

Here are three lesser-known dashboard lights, what they mean, and what you should do if they pop up.

OIL PRESSURE

Ignoring oil pressure warnings can damage your engine

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Ignoring oil pressure warnings can damage your engine

This warning light usually appears for a second or two when you start your vehicle’s engine, then it goes away.

It can also be activated when the engine sensor detects that the oil pressure has dropped below a safe limit possibly due to an oil leak.

This is an emergency warning and you should pull over as quickly as possible, turn off the engine and check your owner’s manual for further instructions.

If you ignore it, things can start to go wrong very quickly with engine parts quickly failing.

“We had a customer come in with a completely broken engine because they thought the oil pressure warning light meant it was time to change the oil,” says Kennaley.

“So this customer continued to drive until the engine was destroyed a short time later.”

ENGINE COOLER / ENGINE COOLER

Engine overheating warning or possible engine coolant warning

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Engine overheating warning or possible engine coolant warningCredit: Getty

Another emergency warning sign to look out for is an overheating engine or engine cooling light.

This is indicated by a red thermometer graph and may be accompanied by a coolant gauge reading at or near its red zone.

It means that the temperature of your engine coolant has exceeded the safe limit and your engine is overheating.

This could be due to a coolant leak, air bubbles in the cooling system, or a damaged or not working coolant pump.

With your engine at risk of serious damage, you should safely get off the roadway and pull over to the side of the road as soon as possible.

Idling the engine with the cabin heat and the fan spinning at maximum speed can help cool the engine.

Don’t turn off the engine immediately, but be prepared and check your owner’s manual for further instructions.

Normally, if a coolant leak is detected, the engine should be shut down immediately.

These include the smell of sweet burnt sugar, steam or vapor coming from under the hood, or hot liquid leaking underneath the vehicle.

The best course of action is often to tow the vehicle to a shop for repair rather than damaging your engine from overheating.

BRAKE

At any rate, the brake light should not be ignored

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At any rate, the brake light should not be ignoredCredit: Getty

Finally, it goes without saying that these warning lights should not be ignored.

There are a number of reasons why this light appears, from a burnt out brake light bulb or a poor switch to a complete loss of braking ability.

If this light comes on while driving, assuming you have no brakes, activate the hazard lights and find the safest and fastest way out of the road.

Once stationary, check the brake fluid level according to the instructions outlined in the owner’s manual.

Since stopping is not an option, drivers should use the utmost caution and judgment before continuing to operate a vehicle with the BRAKE warning light and have the vehicle inspected by a professional as soon as possible. .

DO NOT continue driving if the brake fluid level is low, it’s much less expensive to have a mechanic fix than a potentially fatal car accident.

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