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03/08/2017
Are you trying to find the best synthetic oil to make your pesky dash light go off? Or are you looking at a light and wondering what it means? This article can help with both!

Learn What That Flashing Light on Your Dash Means

It happens to us all; you're driving down the road while suddenly a light comes on on your dash. You stop and look at it for a while until you realize that you have no idea of what it's telling you. And, of course, you don't know where the manual is. If this sounds familiar, Jim Ackney is here to help with the following post.

A Thermometer Above Squiggly Lines

If you are looking at this light, then you are looking your engine temperature light. The reason that it is on is that your engine is running too hot! This could be for a number of reasons; the most likely being that you are running low on engine coolant/water. Pull over immediately, switch off your vehicle, wait for your engine to cool down and then top up your coolant supply.

A Sitting Person Looking at a Circle

This one is your airbag warning light. You usually see it come on for a few seconds when you first switch on your car. That's normal. What isn't normal is if the light stays on after more than about a few seconds. When this light stays on it is best not to drive your car. Not only could the airbag not deploy if you are in an accident but it would also activate without cause. This could result in the airbag being deployed as you safely drive. If any of your warning lights relate to fluid levels, be sure that you are using only the best products such as AMSOIL's Signature Series 5W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil. Click here to visit the online store to view more products. If you prefer to speak with a professional, call Jim Ackney at (780) 476-0545 and have a chat about what you need for your next synthetic oil change in Edmonton, AB.

An Exclamation Point Inside a Circle With Parentheses Surrounding It

This one is telling you that your braking system has failed. This could be either your brake pads are worn, the brake fluid is not being properly supplied, or there is a communication error between your brake system and the pedal. Whatever the cause, you shouldn't drive your car until you have had it looked at by a mechanic.

A Battery

This one is pretty obvious, but not many motorists know what it means. Your battery is responsible for giving your engine the charge it needs to start up and also powers your electrical devices. As you drive and use your radio and lights, etc. , another part of your engine keeps the battery charged. If any of this process fails, your battery can become weak and reluctant to start your car each morning. This light doesn't necessarily mean you need a new battery, but it is asking you to check the quality and condition of your current battery, its terminals, and the connectors.

A Car With Two 's' Behind It

Most modern cars have some type of traction control, and this is the icon for it. But it doesn't necessarily mean that something is wrong. If you see this light, it simply means that your vehicle's traction control system has been engaged and whether your tires are being actively driven. It can be engaged through either your own manual control or automatically should your vehicle's sensors detect hazardous conditions.

An Oil Can Like It Used to Be

Oil-cans look a lot different to what they used to. If you remember how they used to look, then you know what this light is suggesting. It's one of a few problems:
  • Your car's oil level is low or empty
    • If this is the case, top it up immediately. If your engine oil is old, swap it out for a high-quality product like AMSOIL's Signature Series 5W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil by clicking here to visit their online store.
  • There isn't enough pressure
    • This could indicate a split oil line or a blockage which is preventing oil from circulating through your engine's system.
In either of these cases, the first thing you should do is pull over and switch off your car. If your engine is forced to run without sufficient oil, then you can cause serious damage by continuing to drive it.

Get the Best Products for Your Home Synthetic Oil Change in Edmonton, AB

If your engine oil or other vehicle fluid needs a top up or replacing, make sure you only use the best. To get the right product for you, click this link to visit Jim Ackney's online store to purchase AMSOIL's Signature Series 5W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil, purpose designed to increase engine performance. If you would like to speak via telephone to an expert, call today at (780) 476-0545 to find out which is the right product for your needs.
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