Dashboard Warning Lights: Does “check engine” really mean check?
It’s 7:00 a.m. and you get in your car to go to work. You put the key in the ignition, turn it, and just before the engines starts, every warning light on the dashboard lights up. What do you do?
A. Panic & rush to the nearest auto service center.
B. Immediately put your car up for sale on Craig’s List.
C. Start the car & begin your trip.
The answer is C. Start the car and begin your trip. “Every time you start your car, the dashboard warning lights illuminate as a self-test,” explains automotive authority Joel Burrows, a.k.a. ‘The Car Doctor’ and VP of Training/R&D at Precision Tune Auto Care. Vehicles have always had some type of dashboard alert system, but this has significantly evolved in today’s vehicles.