Most Common Warning Lights on Your Car’s Dashboard

Each Light Represents a Possible Issue

Whenever you start your car, you’ll notice your dashboard lighting up with some symbols. These usually disappear after a second or two. But what if one stays on?

Each of the lights represents a part of your vehicle’s system. If they’re not lighting up, that means everything is working correctly. If a warning light stays on while the engine is still running, it could mean that there’s an issue with your car.

Regardless of the make or model of your car, the warning lights should mostly look the same. They might be located in different areas of the dashboard, but the symbols should be unchanged. Your car’s handbook or the vehicle’s owner’s manual should contain a complete list, but we’ve listed the ones you’d likely encounter below:

1. Check engine light

Represented by the symbol of an engine, this is one of the most important warning lights you should look out for. It indicates a possible issue with your engine, which means you should get your car checked as soon as possible, even if it feels as if nothing’s wrong.

2. Brake lights

Your brake light turning on could mean either one of three things: Your handbrake is still engaged, your brake fluid levels are too low, or it’s an internal issue with your braking system. If the first two checks out, get your car to an auto-shop to have it checked.

3. Car battery light

Just like its name, this light looks like a battery with “negative” and “plus” symbols. This light can indicate an issue with your car battery or your charging system. If your battery isn’t the problem, which can be checked by replacing it with a new one, you’ll need to have your car checked in an auto shop. The problem could be with the wiring, sensors, or even more serious parts like the alternator or drive belt.

4. Temperature warning light

Your temperature warning light is represented by a symbol showing a ship on the water with its sails extended. It also looks like a thermometer in the middle of squiggly lines. This means your engine is too hot and it’s best not to continue driving. Take your vehicle to the auto shop as soon as possible.

Your Clunker Can Save a Child’s Life

Unlike vehicles, deadly diseases such as heart disease and cancer don’t give any warning signs at all. They can strike anybody both young and old any time.

It’s heartbreaking when a life-threatening disease afflicts children, especially kids from low-income families who have little means to support the treatment and health care of their young ones.

If you’ve got an old car at home sitting idly in your garage or if you have an extra vehicle you’re not using anymore, that’s all you need to extend life-saving assistance to those youngsters. All you got to do is to turn over that vehicle to us at Kids Car Donations.

We’ll sell your donated vehicle through an auction, with the proceeds going to reputable children’s nonprofit organizations that are in partnership with us. These IRS-registered 501(c)(3) nonprofits use the funding we give them to sustain their delivery of a range of vital health services aimed at improving and even saving the lives of their young beneficiaries. They provide them with comprehensive medical assistance, including innovative solutions to pediatric health challenges, emotional support, and relief of pain and trauma. These charities also promote children’s care, advocacy, research, and education.

You’ll also benefit from your donation since it will entitle you to receive the maximum tax deduction in the next tax season. We’ll also provide you with our free towing service at the date, time, and place at your convenience.

However, the best reward you’ll get from your donation is not a material thing. It’s the joy and satisfaction you’ll experience, knowing that your gift will be used to help sick children recover from their illness.

We accept nearly all vehicle types. It doesn’t matter if you’re donating a car, a pick-up truck, or even a rusty old tractor. We’ll take your vehicle no matter what condition it is in — even if it doesn’t start or run anymore.

Kids Car Donations has donation programs in all 50 states. This means we can collect your donation wherever you are in the country.

Looking to know more? Additional information about us at Kids Car Donations and the specifics on how you can make a car donation can be found on our FAQs page. You can also call 866-634-8395 or contact us here if you have any other concerns or inquiries.


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Work with us at Kids Car Donations in bringing health and wellness back into the lives of disease-stricken children. Give the gift of hope to these ailing boys and girls through your car donation. Get started today by calling Kids Car Donations at 866-634-8395 or by filling out our online donation form now!