Category: Articles & Commentaries

Discussions on topics of interest to drivers concerning things they may not understand about their vehicles as well as articles on the future of the auto industry.

The Automotive Knowledge Gap

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According to the National Automobile Dealers Association, there are over 17,000 new car dealers in the U.S. and Canada. There is no data available on this next point, but dealers I’ve worked for currently average some 1,700 calls per year to the service department related to electronics issues. If the average holds across the industry, …

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Automotive Warning Light Anti-logic

We’ve taken thousands of calls in service departments over the years and there is nearly no end to the way drivers describe the various warning lights that pop up on their instrument panels. These, of course, are not car people, just average every day drivers trying to describe a symbol that was presumably designed to …

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All Those Lights on Your Dashboard: They’re Not for Idiots Anymore

In a simpler day, if your engine’s oil pressure dropped too low, your dashboard, or more properly, your instrument panel, would have had an analog oil pressure gauge displaying the pressure reading and a warning light – a red dot – that would come on to get your attention. Then some manufacturers did away with …

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The Single Most Misunderstood Warning Indicator on Your Instrument Panel – Part I

Have you seen this light on your instrument panel?  What the heck does the symbol mean and what the heck do you do about it? It is the TPMS – Tire Pressure Monitoring System – indicator. And it is the single most misunderstood and maligned trouble light you will see on your instrument panel. A number …

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What the Hell is that Light on My Dashboard?

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Automotive service departments across the country are inundated with questions like this on a daily basis. So, what IS that light? That new acronym? What do they mean? Do you know? Here at DashboardSymbols.com, we will show you, to help you understand what is happening to your vehicle at the first sign of trouble — a new warning light …

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