Whether you’ve recently bought a new car like the 2019 Jeep® Cherokee, or you’ve had your model for years, there are probably areas of it that you may not be extremely familiar to you. A common area is the dashboard warning lights.

Unless you’ve read your owner’s manual all the way through, there are probably some warning lights that you don’t know. We’re explaining a few important ones that might be unfamiliar to ensure your safety when driving around the Branford, CT area.

An essential light that often has people confused is the water temperature warning light. This light looks like a thermometer sitting on water. When this light appears, it means that your car’s coolant is too hot. It’s essential that you pull over right away and turn off your car.

A light that you may have seen before is your antilock braking system light. Many drivers know that this light, indicated by “ABS” inside a circle and parenthesis, has something to do with your brakes, but don’t know how important it is. Your antilock brake system helps the tires maintain contact with the road, especially during intense braking. If you see the ABS light, you can still brake, but your brakes aren’t as reliable. Additionally, if your brake warning light and ABS light are on at the same time, your car is not safe to drive. Be sure to address service lights as soon as possible at our Jeep service center.

Another confusing symbol is the transmission symbol. It looks like two wheels on a complicated axle and frame. If this light is on, there is an issue with your transmission that you should address immediately.

Modern vehicles have over a hundred lights, each corresponding to a specific function or area. It’s best to consult your owner’s manual whenever you see a light you don’t know. For service and repairs when it comes to keeping your vehicle in top shape, visit us at Executive Jeep today in North Haven, CT.