Mazda3 Dashboard Light Guide
The Mazda3 sedan is well-known for having some of the most user-friendly technology on the streets of Trevose, Langhorne, and Bensalem today. One important piece of tech every driver should acquaint themselves with is the cabin’s dashboard including its various functions and symbols.
That’s why the team at Faulkner Mazda Trevose created this Mazda3 dashboard light guide. Continue reading to learn how to quickly identify a few common symbols you might encounter and what actions to take should they ever appear.
What Do the Different Dashboard Light Colors Mean?
The dashboard found inside your Mazda3 contains dozens of different symbols, each communicating a specific function or alert. One of the easiest ways to think about the dashboard is to treat it like a traffic light; green colored lights are normal while yellow and red lights should give you pause.
Green-colored lights can range from the turn signal indicators to the headlights being turned on. These are designed to let you know when a specific tool or function is in use. On the other hand, yellow and red lights are designed to warn you when a potential issue or defect is detected.
A few of the more common yellow and red warning lights you should keep an eye out for include:
Check Engine Light
This yellow-colored light looks like the profile of an engine and appears when your onboard diagnostic system detects a potential issue. While it’s usually still safe to drive, you should immediately schedule a service appointment to have your vehicle inspected by a trained professional.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
This yellow-colored light looks like an exclamation point within a horseshoe and appears when the air pressure in at least one tire dips below a safe level. Should this symbol appear while driving, immediately head to the nearest gas station or service center and refill your tires.
Should you notice that this light keeps appearing, it might be a sign that one or more of your tires has a slow leak that needs to be plugged or replaced.
Traction Control System Off
This yellow-colored light looks like the rear side of a car with two squiggly lines underneath the back tires. You might also see the phrase “TCS OFF” above the car. It appears when an issue with your vehicle’s traction control is detected.
While in most cases your Mazda3 is still perfectly safe to drive, you should proceed with extra caution as to avoid slipping or any decrease in steering. Immediately schedule a service appointment to have the issue reviewed.
Charging System Malfunction
This red-colored light looks like the top of a battery and appears when a serious loss of electrical power is detected. Should this light turn on while driving, do not turn off the engine until you’re parked in a safe location to avoid becoming stranded. If possible, head to the nearest service center to have the battery inspected.
Coolant Temp Light
This red-colored light looks like a thermometer hovering above two wavy lines and warns you when your vehicle is close to overheating. The moment you notice this light appear, immediately search for a safe place to park and turn off the engine.
Wait until the engine has completely cooled down before making a service center appointment. You should also avoid driving your vehicle until the issue can be resolved.
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