Category: Symbols & Tell-tales

DashboardSymbols.com descriptions of the symbols and tell-tales used on automobile and light truck dashboards and instrument panels.

Antilock Braking System Trouble Lights

ABS Trouble Indicator Canada

ABS stands for Antilock Braking System. The second symbol is the Canadian version, and those shown below are older versions. The ABS system helps to keep the car from skidding out of control during braking in slippery or extreme braking conditions by limiting your wheels from locking up. So, what are you supposed to do?? If any …

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Check Engine Light Symbols

Check Engine Light Symbol

These are all versions of the dreaded Check Engine symbols, some of the oldest and easily the most common and recognizable of the symbols that you may see. The word “Check” may appear inside the image of the sideways engine, or below, or not at all. That’s not all… The possible reasons for it coming on …

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Charging System Trouble Lights

Charging System Trouble Indicator Symbol

 One of the original idiot lights, the symbol to the left indicates a serious Charging System problem. The vehicle should be brought to a complete stop as quickly as possible or the vehicle may simply stop running. Roadside assistance will be necessary. Here’s the deal … In most cases, there are two possible scenarios: a bad battery, …

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Brake Trouble Lights

Brake Trouble Indicator

This symbol, and the Canadian version below, are Brake Trouble Indicator symbols. They could indicate a serious Brake problem, but the light will also be on when the hand, or emergency brake, is engaged. So, if you are sure the hand brake, or emergency brake, is released, bring your vehicle to a stop as soon as possible and contact …

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