coolant temperature

Engine Coolant Temp Warning Car Dashboard Light

The most alarming indicator that may appear on your dashboard is the engine over-temperature light. Allowing your car to overheat even once may result in expensive engine damage.

The engine temperature warning light should never be overlooked. If the light on your dashboard lights, you should immediately pull over and turn off the motor.

The engine temperature warning light is not present in all automobiles (some cars only have a temperature gauge). However, for those who do have a light, the appearance of the warning will differ depending on the vehicle.

Some vehicles may show a string of text in the driver’s information center to alert the driver of an engine overheating situation. Others will activate an illuminated sign of a floating thermometer in coolant.

The message is always the same, regardless of how the alert appears: your car’s engine is overheating.

The typical coolant temperature working range for most contemporary engines is between 195 and 225 degrees Farenheight. Overheating is defined as a temperature that is higher than the highest normal operating temperature.

Coolant Temp Warning: Indicates temperature has exceeded normal limits. Check coolant level, fan operation, radiator cap, coolant leaks.

Engine Coolant Temperature Warning Light:  When the ignition switch is turned to the ON position, the Engine Coolant Temperature Warning light will illuminate for a few seconds and then go off. If the Engine Coolant Temperature Warning light comes on and stays on in red, the temperature of the engine coolant is above 120±3.0 °C (248±5.4℉) and your engine could be overheating. Stop the car as soon as it is safe to do so and do not continue to drive. Contact your nearest  dealer or roadside assistance provider when this occurs.