Dashboard Warning Signs

Waterloo Transmissions welcomes you to our online index of the most common dashboard warning signs found on our Akron area customers' vehicles. As a leading automotive repair shop proudly serving the greater Akron area, we are happy to share this information so as to help our customers better understand what these warning signs mean to help identify problems with their vehicles.

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ABS Brake System Error

The warning light for the ABS brake system means there is an error in a vehicle's anti-lock system. The purpose of the ABS system is to help drivers keep control in extreme braking situations in addition to slippery roadways. This is achieved by ensuring the wheels do not lock up when driving around the roadways of Akron and the greater Summit County area.

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Airbag Service

The airbag service indicator light means one of a vehicle's airbags has a problem. Modern automobiles have numerous airbags and when the airbag service light is visible it is recommended to schedule an appointment to bring the vehicle to our auto repair shop in Akron and let a Waterloo Transmissions team member inspect the air bags.

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Battery Warning

The battery warning light is indicative that a vehicles's battery many be in need of service. Often times the service may be as simple as simply cleaning the batteries terminals, while other times the car battery may need recharging or replacement. Waterloo Transmissions invites those living in Akron or the surrounding Summit County area that believe they have a car battery problem to schedule an appointment at our auto repair shop for a thorough battery inspection.

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Brake Fluid Level Low

The low level brake fluid indicator light is as the name implies. A vehicle's brake pads wearing down, or a leak, will result in the reservoir's fluid level going down. As the brake system is a very important part of the safe operation of any automobile, it is important to schedule an appointment at our auto repair shop and let one of the Waterloo Transmissions team members do a brake inspection.

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Brake System Warning

When the brake system warning light is visible on the dashboard of a vehicle it can mean either the parking brake is engaged or there may be a serious issue with the brake system. If the latter it is highly recommended to schedule an appointment and let a skilled auto technician of the Waterloo Transmissions team do a complete brake inspection.

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Check Engine Light

The presence of the check engine light on a dashboard is indicative that there is one (or more) problems with a vehicle's engine. As there are a plethora of issues that could be associated with the check engine light, it is best to schedule an appointment to have the problem properly diagnosed by a technician of the Waterloo Transmissions team at our auto repair shop serving the greater Akron area.

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Child Safety Lock Activated

The child safety lock activation symbol is indicative that rear passenger door locks have been activated. Locking the child safety lock ensures that the rear passenger doors can only be opened from the exterior of the vehicle. When problems occur with the rear passenger door locks, or any other locks on a vehicle for that matter, feel free to schedule an appointment to have one of the technicians on the Waterloo Transmissions team perform an inspection to make sure the vehicle's locks are working properly.

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Cruise Control Activated

When driving around the roads of the Akron or the surrounding Summit County area in cruise control, the cruise control activation light is visible on the dashboard of a vehicle. Cruise control is a feature on many automobiles that when used, enables the vehicle to travel at a constant speed until the brakes are applied or the system is manually disengaged by a vehicle's operator.

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Dirty Air Filter

When a vehicle's engine air filter is blocked or dirty the dirty air filter light will be visible. And even though replacing air filters is a part of any regularly scheduled maintenance routine, if the dirty air filter light is visible schedule an appointment to have the air filter replaced immediately by a technician at Waterloo Transmissions.

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Electrical Problem Warning

When there is a problem with a vehicle's electrical system, the electrical problem light will be visible on the dashboard. Consisting of the battery, alternator, and starter, a problem with the electrical system should be diagnosed and repaired quickly. The technicians at Waterloo Transmissions are experts at repairing vehicle electrical systems and invite anyone in Akron or the surrounding Summit County area who may have the electrical problem warning light visible to schedule an appointment at Waterloo Transmissions and let a qualified technician get you back on the road quickly and safely.

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Emergency Flasher

When a vehicle's hazard lights (emergency flashers) are on, the emergency flasher light will display on the dashboard or console. The purpose of the hazard lights is to inform other drivers on the roads in Akron or the Summit County area know the driver is dealing with an emergency situation and to exercise caution when approaching the vehicle.

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Engine Hood Open

When the hood of a vehicle is not completely closed the engine hood light will display on the dashboard to let the driver know it is open. The presence of this warning symbol requires that the hood should be completely shut prior to driving the vehicle around Akron or the surrounding Summit County area.

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Engine Temperature Warning

The engine temperature warning light is a very important symbol as it informs a driver that the vehicle should be stopped quickly (but safely) and the engine turned off. This warning symbol means an engine's temperature is too high and vehicle fluid levels should be checked using proper guidelines for doing so.

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Exterior Light Failure

As the name implies, the visibility of the exterior light failure symbol on the dashboard indicates that an exterior light's bulb has failed and should be replaced for optimal visibility for nighttime vehicle operation or during inclement weather. The team at Waterloo Transmissions is ready to help anyone in Akron or the throughout the Summit County area that has a light burned out. Just schedule an appointment and let one of our technicians get you safely back on the road today.

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Fog Lights Activated

The fog lights symbol indicates that a vehicle's fog lights are in use. This symbol displays only when vehicle's fog lights are actively in use and will not be light when they are turned off. For those in the Akron area who do not have but want fog lights installed, schedule an appointment and let Waterloo Transmissions install them properly.

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Four Wheel Drive Warning

When the four-wheel drive warning light appears on the dashboard it can inform a vehicle's driver that either the four-wheel drive is in use or that there is an issue with the system itself. The four-wheel drive system is often used for maximal operation in rough terrain situations and if not working correctly the problem should be fixed immediately to prevent any injuries to a vehicle's occupants.

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Frost Warning

The purpose of the frost warning symbol is to let a driver know when the temperature outside the automobile is either at or below freezing. It should be noted that on certain vehicles the frost warning symbol can also indicate that the vehicle is being driven in snow mode.

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Fuse Warning

When the fuse warning light displays on a dashboard it means that one (or more) of a vehicle's fuses are in need of replacement. It is important to schedule an appointment at Waterloo Transmissions quickly to have a faulty fuse(s) replaced or serviced. This helps to ensure continued safe and proper operation of a vehicle when driving the roads of the Akron area.

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Gas Cap Warning

The gas cap warning light means that the gas cap on a vehicle may not be completely tightened. If the gas cap warning light does not turn off after tightening the gas cap, it is recommended to schedule an appointment so the problem can be correctly diagnosed and serviced by a qualified technician at Waterloo Transmissions.

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High Beams Indicator

The high beams indicator symbol informs a driver that the vehicle's high beams are actively in use. This dashboard symbol is only visible when high beams are being used. Waterloo Transmissions makes it a practice to remind our customers that high beams should be turned off when other vehicles are approaching.

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Horn Failure

The horn failure symbol lets a driver know that the vehicle's horn has failed or is not operating properly. A horn problem can include the horn's sound not emitting a sound at all or the sound being too low to be effective in warning other drivers, cyclists, or pedestrians. As the horn is an important part of a vehicle's ability to operate safely on the roads of the Akron and surrounding Summit County area, drivers with this symbol present should schedule an appointment to let a technician at Waterloo Transmissions fix the problem correctly.

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Key Not Present

The key not present symbol is used for vehicles with a keyless ignition. The purpose of the key not present symbol is to let a driver know that the key is not close enough for the vehicle to start or continue running. When the light is present despite the proper proximity of the key it can mean that there is a sensor malfunction and one should schedule an appointment with Waterloo Transmissions for immediate servicing.

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Lane Departure Warning

The lane departure warning symbol plays an important role in safely driving around the Akron and greater Summit County area. The purpose of the lane departure warning light informs a driver that the vehicle is veering or leaving a lane with detectable lane markers. In many vehicles the lane departure warning symbol is accompanied with a chime sound. When continually light, Waterloo Transmissions recommends to schedule an appointment to find out if there is a faulty system in need of servicing.

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Low Fuel Warning

The customers of Waterloo Transmissions are probably all too familiar with the low-fuel warning symbol on their vehicles' dashboards. The light is intended to let drivers know that the fuel level is low and the vehicle should be refueled quickly to avoid being stranded on the roads of Akron or those throughout Summit County. If upon refueling the low fuel warning light does not turn off there may be a malfunction with the sensor and it is recommended to schedule an appointment and let a technician at Waterloo Transmissions service and repair the vehicle.

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Low Oil Pressure

The low oil pressure light, as the name implies, indicates a vehicle's oil level is low and should be checked as quickly as possible. For those not familiar with how to properly check the oil level, schedule an appointment or just stop by Waterloo Transmissions and let one of our auto mechanics be of service.

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Open Door Warning

As the name indicates, the open door warning symbol means a vehicle door is open. When visible each door should be checked until the light disappears. If upon checking all doors the symbol remains light, schedule an appointment at Waterloo Transmissions and let a qualified technician inspect and repair if necessary.

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Parking Brake Light

The parking brake light appears on a dashboard upon engaging a vehicle's parking brake or to inform a vehicle's owner that the parking brake requires servicing. Waterloo Transmissions recommends to customers that the parking brake should be inspected regularly to ensure it works and is available in situations when required, often times when parking on a incline in Akron.

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Power Steering Warning

The power steering light warning symbol appears to indicate a problem with a vehicle's power steering. Often times unusual sounds or difficult steering may mean a problem with the steering system. Waterloo Transmissions strongly encourages customers to schedule an appointment for inspection and service when the power steering light appears on the dashboard.

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Rear Hatch Door Warning

The presence of the rear hatch door warning symbol lets a driver know that the trunk or rear-hatch is open or ajar. If the rear-hatch light is continually present it may mean the sensor is faulty and one should consider to schedule an appointment to let a mechanic at Waterloo Transmissions inspect and service the indicator if necessary.

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Rear Washer Fluid Level Low

The rear washer fluid level low symbol lets a driver know when the reservoir for the rear window windshield wiper is low and needs replenishment. Waterloo Transmissions tells our customers to keep the reservoir filled to ensure safe driving around Akron and surrounding Summit County area.

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Seatbelt Warning Light

The seat belt warning light is one of the more important warning symbols on the dashboard of a vehicle. The purpose of the warning symbol is to let passengers know that seat belts are not in use or improperly fastened. Waterloo Transmissions tells customers if the seat belt warning light is present when seat belts are properly fastened to schedule an appointment to have this very important vehicle safety feature inspected and repaired if necessary.

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Service Required

The service required warning symbol informs a vehicle's owner that a service or preventative maintenance is required. Quite often this symbol is a courtesy reminder for scheduled regular maintenance, but other times it could be indicating that a more important or serious problem needs to be diagnosed and repair. When a customer calls Waterloo Transmissions about the service required symbol appearing on the dashboard we advise them to schedule an appointment and let one of our qualified technicians inspect the vehicle.

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Tire Pressure Warning

When the tire pressure warning symbol is light on the dashboard it may mean that one or more of a vehicle's tires have low air pressure or there is a sensor not operating properly. Vehicle owners should inspect the tires for proper air pressure. And while some automobiles require a professional diagnosis, some are programmed to enable owners to manually reset the TPMS warning light. Of course Waterloo Transmissions customers can always schedule an appointment to have one of our technicians do this service as well.

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Traction Control Warning

When a vehicle's traction control system malfunctions or has been deactivated the traction control warning symbol appears on the dashboard. Waterloo Transmissions tells customers that when the roads in Akron or the surrounding Summit County area are wet or icy, the traction control system should be implemented. Additionally customers are told to schedule an appointment at Waterloo Transmissions if the system malfunctions.

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Turn Signal

The blinking turn signal symbol on a dashboard represents a vehicle is getting prepared to change lanes, make a turn, or exit the roadway. When a turn signal symbol is blinking more rapidly than normal it usually means a bulb is about to burn out and to schedule an appointment at Waterloo Transmissions to have it replaced.

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Washer Fluid Level Low

The washer fluid level low symbol means the vehicle's fluid level for the windshield is low and should be filled. For optimal driving visibility Waterloo Transmissions recommends refilling the fluid reservoir as soon as possible.

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