The Ford F-150 is one of the top choices in pickup trucks you could drive around State College, Bellefonte, or Lewistown, particularly if you value reliability. To make sure that you always know how your truck is running, the F-150 is equipped with a variety of dashboard lights. Learning about these lights will help you stay calm when one activates while you’re on a drive. Take a look at this Ford F-150 dashboard light guide, so that you can easily know when your truck needs service.
Anti-Lock Braking System
If you’re out for a ride in your F-150 and you see a light that looks like the letters ‘ABS’ inside of a circle, it means there is a problem with your truck’s anti-lock braking system. Unless there is a second brake warning light, your normal brakes should still function properly. Have this issue checked by a service professional as soon as you are able.
A dashboard light that looks like a car battery means that the battery in your truck has malfunctioned. You should only be concerned if you see this light while you are driving your vehicle. If this light activated and you are driving, you should shut off all unnecessary electrical equipment to preserve battery power, and schedule immediate service for your F-150.
Normal Brake System
The normal brake warning light looks like the word ‘BRAKE’ with an exclamation point and a capital letter P over the top. If you turn on your ignition and the parking brake is still engaged, this light will activate. If you have disengaged the parking brake and this light is still on, it could mean that your brake system has malfunctioned, or your brake fluid is low. You should have your brake system inspected as soon as possible if the parking brake is not causing this warning light to activate.
If you glance at your dashboard and see a light that looks like a thermometer over two wavy lines, you are seeing the engine coolant temperature warning. This light means that the temperature of your engine coolant is dangerously high and that your vehicle is at risk. You should pull your truck over, shut off your engine and allow it to cool.
A problem with your engine oil is indicated with a light that looks like a dripping oil lamp. This light could indicate a variety of problems, including low engine oil or high engine oil temperature. As soon as you are able to do so safely, you should stop your vehicle and shut down your engine. If replenishing the engine oil does not cause the light to turn off, you need to schedule service.
Schedule Service at The Lake Dealerships
After reading this Ford F-150 dashboard light guide, you should be prepared to deal with any light you see on your truck’s dashboard. If you encounter a light that requires service, you can get help from the service and parts department at The Lake Dealerships Ford. Our service professionals can identify and fix the issue with your Ford truck so that you can get back to your life in the Bellefonte, Lewistown, and State College areas. Contact us today!