What Does It Mean When My “Check Gauges” Light Comes On?
I recently had a customer call me because her check gauges light has come on several times when stopping at a light or parking. She wanted to know if this was something she needed to bring in or was it just a bad gauge.
Usually when the Check Gauges light illuminates it is due to one of the gauges going out of range, such as your electrical system, low engine oil or other type of fluids being monitored through the gauges. I asked her when was the last time she checked her engine oil and her response was, “I am not sure”. I always recommend checking the fluids under your cars hood at least once a week. The engine oil lever was so low it wasn’t even registering on the dipstick. Low oil levels reduce the life of the engine and could cause it to seize up depending on how low it had fallen.
If this lady had checked her engine oil regularly, she may not be looking at having to install a rebuilt engine due to lack of lubrication. A very costly mistake. So remember to check your fluids weekly and don’t forget your tire pressure, this too can cost you money.