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A Light Has Popped Up. Now What?

Today’s cars feature a multitude of dashboard warning lights and indicators that communicate vital information about your vehicle, from fuel levels to major system malfunctions. Of course, these warning lights aren’t helpful if you’re not sure what they mean. Here are some of the most common dashboard warning lights, and what they indicate. If you have any questions about what a dashboard warning light means, contact our service department at Jack Bowker Ford Lincoln near Ponca City, OK.

Anti-Lock Braking System

This light indicates that a malfunction has been detected with the anti-lock braking system. While the regular braking system will continue to function, you should visit your dealer as soon as possible.


This light means a malfunction has been detected in the battery or electrical system. If a replacement battery doesn’t resolve the issue, schedule a maintenance appointment at a local dealership.

Blind Spot Monitor

On equipped vehicles, this warning light illuminates when the Blind Spot Monitor feature is turned off.

Cruise Control

This light indicates that the vehicle has engaged the cruise control or adaptive cruise control function.

Engine Coolant Temperature

When the engine coolant temperature warning light comes on, it means that the engine coolant temperature is high. Stop the vehicle as soon as possible, switch off the engine, and let the engine coolant temperature fall back to normal levels.

Engine Oil

This light lets you know that an engine malfunction has been detected. Check the engine oil level as soon as possible.

Low Fuel

When the low fuel level warning indicator illuminates, your vehicle is almost completely out of fuel. Refill the gas tank as soon as possible.

Service Engine

When the service engine light stays lit after starting the vehicle, this indicates that the onboard diagnostics system has detected a malfunction. Consult a technician at a dealership as soon as possible, to address the issue.

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