Honda Civic Dashboard Light Guide
Performing regular maintenance and getting regular service is key for keeping your Honda Civic in good working order. But how are you supposed to know when your vehicle needs to be serviced and exactly what services are needed?
There are actually a few ways to learn this information. One way is to check the maintenance section of your owner’s manual or read the maintenance guide from Port Charlotte Honda. Another way is to actually learn a little about the dashboard lights on your Civic.
These lights are designed to give you a heads up that there’s something you want to pay attention to on your Civic. By paying close attention to these lights and acting quickly when you see them, you’ll be able to maintain your vehicle’s health for years to come.
Let’s take a look at what some of the most commonly seen dashboard lights mean.
Low Oil Pressure Indicator
This light looks like an oil can with a drop of oil dripping from it. It indicates that your vehicle’s engine oil pressure has dropped below the recommended level.
The light will illuminate when you start the car but should turn off after a few seconds. If it comes on when you’re driving, you should stop immediately in a safe place and refill the engine oil or call for help, as this could indicate that your engine is overheating.
Malfunction Indicator Lamp
This light looks like the outline of an engine and indicates a problem with your Honda Civic’s emissions control system. Like the other dashboard lights, it will illuminate when you start your vehicle but should turn off after a few seconds.
If the light blinks, this indicates an engine misfire. If the light comes on while you’re driving, have the vehicle checked at your local service department near Fort Myers, Sarasota, and North Point.
If it starts blinking while you’re driving, pull over in a safe space where there are no flammable objects and stop the engine. Let the engine cool for at least 10 minutes then take your vehicle directly to your Honda service center.
Low Tire Pressure/TPMS Indicator
This light looks like a horseshoe with an exclamation point in the middle. It indicates low tire pressure in one or more of your tires. The light comes on and stays on when one or more of your tires has significantly low tire pressure.
If this light comes on while you’re driving, stop in a safe place and check the tire pressure. Inflate the tires if necessary. If the tires are at normal pressure and the light comes on, the system may need to be calibrated.
Call Your Service Center
If one or more of your dashboard lights is illuminated, make an appointment at your local Honda service center as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your vehicle. The highly trained service professionals at Port Charlotte Honda can quickly diagnose any problem with your Honda. Give us a call or visit our service page to schedule a service appointment now.