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The following lights monitor different fluids in your car.
 

Low Coolant Light
 
This light is in place to alert you in the event that the level of antifreeze in your cooling system becomes lower than normal and should not be ignored! It might be telling you that the coolant is a little low, which is normal over a long enough period of time and requires only that you add what is needed. On the other hand, it might be alerting you to the fact that there is little or no coolant in your cooling system, which could very easily damage an otherwise healthy engine beyond repair. Watch the temperature gauge in your car to see if it is indicating a temperature above the mid-way point. If the temperature begins to climb and approach the red, turn the car off immediately and have it towed. The tricky thing about this is that if you have a massive coolant leak and there is not enough coolant left in your tank for the sensor to pick up, the temperature gauge may flicker or continue to read normal even though your car is overheating. The best thing to do is pay attention Do you see any steam rising from the hood when the car is stopped? Do you smell anything out of the norm? Check your coolant level and see if it is indeed dangerously low. However, NEVER REMOVE THE RADIATOR CAP FROM A HOT ENGINE! Let it cool down for at least 30 minutes as it is under pressure and the temperature of the steam could easily scald you. Another important thing to remember is that not all cars have a low coolant level warning light your only warning could be the temperature gauge creeping up, so make sure to check it often. If you have a low coolant light and see that your engine is overheating, TURN IT OFF IMMEDIATELY and have it towed to your service facility. Continuing to drive a car that is overheating can destroy your engine in a matter of minutes!
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Coolant/Temperature Light
 
These lights, and others similar in appearance, turn on to tell you that your engine is beginning to overheat. Not all cars have a separate temperature warning light, so the temperature gauge beginning to rise may be the only warning you�ll be given. A good place to start troubleshooting is to check the level of coolant. NEVER REMOVE THE RADIATOR CAP UNTIL YOUR CAR HAS COOLED FOR AT LEAST 30 MINUTES! The system is under pressure and the steam will cause scalding. There are several different things that could cause the coolant to leak out: a bad radiator, a faulty water pump, any of the coolant lines, etc. The best idea is to turn the car off immediately and have it towed to your service facility. Continuing to drive a car that is overheating can be catastrophic to your engine and can damage it beyond repair after only a few minutes.
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Oil Light
 
This light is another light that should NEVER BE IGNORED! This is your oil warning light and when it is illuminated, it is telling you that your car does not have sufficient oil pressure to continue to run. Monitor your dash for this light and in the event that it does come on, PULL OVER AND SHUT THE CAR OFF IMMEDIATELY! Running an engine dry will damage it beyond repair quicker than you�d ever imagine! Use the dipstick to check the oil level and add as needed to bring the level up to the �full� mark. If you do not have oil with you, DO NOT try to drive somewhere to get some. Call a tow truck and have it towed. In some cars, the oil light can appear in 2 different colors. An orange oil light indicates that your oil level is low, while a red one indicates that you are out of oil. There is no way to tell if your car offers this more advanced warning system without reading the owner�s manual, so it�s a good idea to do so before assuming that an orange oil light only means that your oil level is low. Again, this light could indicate a very serious problem and should never be taken lightly!
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Low Brake Fluid
Light
 
This indicator is warning you that your brake fluid level is low. This could be due to several different factors, and could indicate simply that your fluid is just a little low, or that it is dangerously low and that the car is unsafe to drive. Monitor the way your brake pedal feels, if it feels unusual or goes to the floor, the car is not safe to be driven as the brakes may fail altogether. Have a professional ascertain where the failure occurred and what needs to be repaired in order for your car to be safe to be driven again.
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Overheating Trans
Fluid Light
 
This icon is warning you that your automatic transmission fluid is overheating. This could be caused by towing a heavy load or doing a lot of uphill driving, or it could be caused by a malfunction in your transmission. Pull over so that the transmission fluid can cool down, leaving the car running so that the transmission fluid will continue to circulate and cool more quickly. Wait for the light to go out before you continue driving, as continuing to overheat your transmission could be a costly mistake. Have your technician diagnose the problem as soon as possible to avoid the potential of causing damage to your transmission.
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Low Washer Fluid Light
 
This light is simply alerting you to the fact that your windshield washer fluid is low. Just add more when you get a chance, especially in winter when you will need it to wash the salt off your windshield in order to see.
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