Auto Diagnostics In Jamesburg, NJ

What Does The Light On My Dashboard Mean?

Your automobile's dashboard has a lot of lights that activate when there is a concern with your car. If any of these lights turn on while you are driving, it can be a cause for alarm. Since modern automobiles have more modern technology and functions than ever before, there can be multiple reasons why a specific dashboard light turns on, making it hard to repair. When it comes to car diagnostics, it is essential to have an expert on your side when several of your dashboard lights turn on. We at Platt's Performance Plus, Inc in Middlesex County are those auto repair experts. 

If one or more of your dashboard lights turn on and you are in Jamesburg, NJ, East Brunswick Township, NJ or nearby, you can come to Platt's Performance Plus, Inc for an auto repair, scheduled maintenance, and more. Whether you drive a Toyota, Ford, Honda, Chevrolet, or something else, your dashboard lights have universal meanings that span all vehicle makes. Here is a brief explanation of what each of your dashboard lights means:

Oil Pressure Light - This light signifies that the oil is not circulating properly through the vehicle's engine. Common reasons for low oil pressure include low oil levels, a worn oil pump, and other worn internal components.

Tire Pressure Warning Light - This light means that one of your tires is underinflated, or overinflated, and in some modern vehicles, it will also tell you which tire is underinflated, or overinflated. The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is responsible for this light. If you are in the 08831 area or nearby, you can come to Platt's Performance Plus, Inc to adjust your tire pressure.

Engine Temperature Warning - The engine temperature light features a red thermometer and when illuminated, indicates that the engine is overheating. This is a serious problem and if this light turns on while driving, pull over immediately.

Traction Control Light - The traction control system applies the brakes to limit the wheels from slipping during acceleration. This is most helpful if you are driving in the rain or snow of Manalapan Township, NJ or Monroe Township, NJ. 

Check Engine Light - The check engine light is one of the most common dashboard warning lights but is also one of the least specific. Some signs that cause the check engine light to turn on are a loose gas cap, a misfire, or a loss of compression. If the light flashes, however, this indicates a very serious problem, and you should stop driving immediately and give Platt's Performance Plus, Inc a call at 732-521-1978.

Battery Alert - The battery alert light indicates that the vehicle's charging system isn't functioning properly. There could be a problem with the battery itself, but there could also be a problem with the battery cable, the alternator, the accessory belt, or another electrical fault in the system.

Washer Fluid Indicator - This light means that you are low on washer fluid and should get a refill as soon as you can.

If one or more of your dashboard lights is on, you can bring your car to Platt's Performance Plus, Inc in Jamesburg for an efficient and accurate diagnosis of what the issue with your vehicle is. We can also perform the appropriate services your vehicle needs, such as auto repair or engine repair.

Your Reliable Shop for Auto Diagnostics

If something is wrong with your vehicle and/or one or more of your dashboard lights turns on, don't hesitate to bring your car into Platt's Performance Plus, Inc in Jamesburg today. Our owner Edwin W. Platt has hired technicians who understand the root causes of your auto issues and who use the latest tools and technology to quickly assess the problem with your vehicle. We've been fixing cars since 1988 and have a commitment to customer service.

Reasons You Should Do Business With Us:

  • Transparency
  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • We are Experts
  • Years of Experience

Don't ignore any issues with your car, bring it to our experts at Platt's Performance Plus, Inc in Jamesburg. Schedule an appointment with us online at or give us a call at 732-521-1978.


  1. How can I tell if my car has a diagnostic issue? Diagnostic issues in your car are warning lights on the dashboard, unusual noises, low performance, and difficulty starting the engine.
  2. What does the "Check Engine" light mean? The "Check Engine" light indicates a possible problem in the car's system that requires attention. A diagnostic tool will find the correct problem.
  3. How does an OBD-II scanner work for car diagnostics? An OBD-II scanner reads diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) stored in your car's computer. It helps find problems in different systems, helping the effective repairs.
  4. Can I use a smartphone app for car diagnostics? Yes, some smartphone apps can connect to OBD-II adapters, giving real-time data, DTC reading, and vehicle health awareness for basic diagnostics.
  5. Why is it important to address diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs)? Checking DTCs is important as they show basic issues that affect your car's performance, fuel effectiveness, and emissions. Ignoring them could lead to bigger problems.
  6. How can a professional mechanic perform advanced diagnostics? Mechanics use special diagnostic tools to read DTCs that analyze data and thorough tests. Their expertise aids in accurate problem solutions and repairs.
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