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Malfunction Indicator Lamps

By: · August 17, 2009

My, how times have changed. Back in the days when leaded fuel was sold at “service stations,” as they were quaintly called, motorists had to be concerned with only a few warning lights that each monitored the condition of an important vehicle system. Colorfully dubbed “idiot lights” by the gauge-reading contingent, these did little more than indicate it was time to get your car off the road as soon as possible. Today’s instrument panels, however, display a Christmas tree of warning lights that provide a wealth of information (some might say too much). Question is, what do those lights all mean? Are life, limb, and property at risk if you continue to operate your vehicle? And isn’t it going to take a lot more than an idiot to interpret them all?..

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