Q: What do the various lights mean on the instrument cluster?

asked by on December 15, 2015

What do the various lights mean on the instrument cluster?

Your car’s instrument cluster contains quite a few different lights, all of which provide you with information about different systems (most of which you activate yourself during the course of normal driving). Here’s a quick rundown of what you should see in your gauge cluster:

  • Turn Signals: You have two turn signal indicators. They should light up when you flip the lever up or down to indicate a turn, as well as when the hazards are on.

  • High Beams: When you change from your Low Beams to your High Beam headlights, the High Beam indicator comes on.

  • Key in Ignition Warning: This chime will sound if you turn the engine off and open the driver door without taking the key out of the ignition.

  • Headlight Warning: This chime will sound if you turn off the engine and open the driver’s door without turning off your headlights.

  • Parking Brake Warning: This chime will sound if the parking brake is on and you put the car in drive.

  • Message Center Activation Warning: This chime will sound if a warning message is displayed in your car’s message center.

  • Turn Signal Warning: If you forget to turn off your turn signal, a chime will sound after a few minutes.

  • Perimeter Alarm Warning: If the alarm is active and you use the key to unlock the door, a warning chime will sound.

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