What Does It Mean When My “Check Gauges” Light Comes On?

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.check gauges

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.

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  1. Philippe
    Sep 26, 2018 - 10:36 AM

    My old GMC 3500 has the check gauges light on, with all the fluids being good, the car can only shift in 1st and 2nd with difficulty and then kts almost impossible for it to shift higher, its automatic and i dont know what to do

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    • 1Female
      Oct 01, 2018 - 08:27 PM

      Well not knowing the year of your GMC, it sounds like it could be one or two of your shift solenoids. It could also be a pump issue. I would have a transmission shop check out the problem. Is the fluid a brown or pink color? How many miles on it? The codes need to be pulled to see what they are indicating to.

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  2. Amy Winters
    Sep 24, 2018 - 11:37 AM

    Thanks for pointing out that your “check gauges” light may come on if the gauges measure something out of range, like extremely low engine oil levels. My “check gauges” light recently came on, and I had no idea how to check if they are working properly! I’ll definitely take your advice and see if any of my fluid levels are low.

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  3. Doug
    Nov 17, 2017 - 03:17 AM

    I have a 1998 Jeep Cherokee sport xj and the check gauges light is on and won’t go off, I’ve checked all the fluid levels and fuses and they are all fine can you please give me an idea on what it might be please?

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    • 1Female
      Dec 04, 2017 - 10:11 AM

      First off you need to scan the trouble codes to determine the area of concern, then tests may need to be performed to pinpoint the exact problem. Some issues are fixed easily others may take a bit more diagnostic measures. Many of your local auto parts stores can pull the code for you. But do not purchase parts if they advise that since that may not be the problem. When the check engine light trips, it shows an area that went out of manufacture range of that sensor, but may not be the cause. If you send me the code, I will research it for you through the access I have.

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      • 1Female
        Dec 04, 2017 - 10:16 AM

        Also, if your check gauges light has come on, the one of the gauges is not indicating the correct information, such as your battery gauge may be reading a low voltage, or the speedometer may not be indicating the correct speed that you are actually going. So check all gauges to insure they are indicating correctly. If not then further investigation of that one will need to be done. Such as if the battery is indicating low voltage, it could be a bad alternator, bad fuse in that circuit or needs a new battery.

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