Tag: warning lights

33 Posts

GMC Envoy XL warning lights flashing
Apr 23, 2015

Oil Pressure Mystery: Stephen's GMC Envoy

Dear Car Talk

The oil pressure in Stephen's GMC Envoy is acting up, fine one minute, warning lights the next. Is he damaging the engine if he drives it while it's doing this? Car Talk's take, here.

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Honda minivian low tire pressure light
Dec 11, 2014

Time to Feed the Guppies?

Dear Car Talk

Kathleen wants to know why there's a warning light on her mom's minivan that looks like a yellow-orange fishbowl. Our verdict? Bad icon design. Now Car Talk wants to know: What do you see?

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Dashboard lights in surveillance van flicker while driving
Oct 03, 2013

The Case of the Disappearing Dashboard Lights

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Steve is a private eye, but there's one case he hasn't been able to crack--the dashboard lights in his surveillance van flicker on and off while he's driving. Can Tom and Ray solve this mystery? How much scratch will Steve have to lay down to fix his little problem? Ever wonder what private eyes drive nowadays? Find out, right here. 

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my temperature gauge went from middle to red hot in less than thirty seconds
Mar 14, 2013

Tell Me Again Why They're Called "Idiot Lights"...

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Travis's Subaru was running hot, but he was almost to his destination so he kept driving. Then he drove home again. Tom and Ray say there are a couple circumstances where the "wait until you get home to figure out what's wrong" approach can cost you several thousands of dollars, and this is one of them. Find out why you should always pull over if your car is running hot, right here.

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Cost of missing fuel cap
Dec 20, 2011

Today: The Case of the Missing Fuel Cap Flap

Dear Car Talk

Kate tries to get to the bottom of the "check fuel cap" light that keeps appearing on her dash. Is she looking at a costly visit to the dealer?

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Colt Vista brake warning light on
Aug 01, 2010

Is that nagging brake light a big deal for Emma?

Dear Car Talk

I remember listening to your radio show, "Car Talk," with my parents when I was a little kid, and hearing my mom say about a billion times that one of you had the same kind of car she had. That...

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How does the Low Tire Pressure warning work
May 01, 2010

Every wonder how the "Low Tire Pressure" warning light works?

Dear Car Talk

I have enjoyed your column for years and have always admired your bottomless knowledge and advice for car owners, abusers, know-nothings and BYMs (backyard mechanics). I have but one question I need you to resolve, and then I can drive...

tires warning lights

Mar 01, 2009

Can spiders cause your car's "check engine" light to come on?

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I was driving my 2007 Forester to work the other day when the check engine light came on (it has about 15,000 miles on it). I brought it in to the dealer, and they checked it out. The computer said it was...

wildlife warning lights

Jul 01, 2008

How long can you drive, once the gas light has come on?

Dear Car Talk

My husband freaks out if the gas light ever comes on (it only happens once in a blue moon). I tell him you can drive around 50 miles after the light comes on. He doesn't believe me. Since we don't want...

gasoline warning lights

May 01, 2008

Today: Do you know the reset procedures for your car's maintenance lights?

Dear Car Talk

I have an '07 Chevy Cobalt. I like the car, especially because it's red and has a spoiler. But it has an annoying feature. It has a computer that tells you various things, like your gas mileage, temperature, coolant level...

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