Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: What does the Low Temperature indicator mean on the dash?

asked by on

What does the Low Temperature indicator mean on the dash?

A: While you’re probably familiar with the Hig...

While you’re probably familiar with the High Temperature light on the dash, you may not know what the Low Temperature indicator means when it comes on. This light simply tells you that the coolant temperature is low, or cooler than normal. Here’s how it works:

  1. The light should come on and stay light for a couple of seconds after you turn on the engine.

  2. The light should come on when the coolant temperature is below normal, and go off when the engine warms up.

  3. If the light stays on but the temperature gauge shows that the engine has reached normal operating temperature, have your vehicle inspected.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Gears grinding at low RPMs.

I am going to go ahead and move forward with the assumption that your Honda Civic is equipped with a manual transmission. I have owned Honda’s most my life and I have encountered this problem with the sound of transmission...

Q: How does the audio system theft protection work?

Your car’s radio has protection against theft in the form of a special code that has to be put in to get the radio to work if it ever loses power. This code will also need to be entered in...

Q: How do I adjust the power side view mirrors?

Side view mirrors are important safety features that increase your visibility when you’re driving. Before operating your vehicle, you should always adjust the side view mirrors so that you have maximum visibility. Adjusting your side view mirrors is easy: 1....

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...