If you’ve been driving your car for any amount of time, you’ll be familiar with the various warning lights that illuminate your dashboard. These light up to let you know something is wrong and that it’s time to visit your mechanic to take care of the issue. They’re often represented in a few different colours, with red and yellow indicating varying levels of severity. However, many drivers are confused about what exactly the yellow exclamation mark means in your car and how to respond to it.
A yellow exclamation point on your dashboard usually indicates that your parking brake is on and needs to be released. If the light stays on, you’ll need to check that the handbrake hasn’t been left on and visit a garage to inspect the condition of your brakes to see whether you need replacement pads or discs.
If the yellow exclamation mark appears alongside a red brake fluid level warning light, this typically suggests that your brake fluid is low and should be topped up immediately. If this is the case, it’s a good idea to book in for a service at a local garage so that an expert can confirm if your brakes are in need of replacement or can be repaired by topping up the fluid.
The yellow tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) light is a common sight on many cars’ dashboards and usually looks like a yellow triangle with an exclamation mark and a round frame that includes the image of a tire. It’s activated when the air pressure in one or more of your tires drops below the OEM-recommended level. This can be caused by a leak in the tire, a puncture, or just general wear and tear.