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Ignition is a partner of Citadel Associates (SY) Ltd Doncaster. Citadel has been trading since 2008 in South Yorkshire and has supported over 1000 people into Employment, Training or career support. www.casyltd.co.uk

We developed Ignition ‘Community Garage’ to use the process of learning and working collectively to support the most marginalised including isolated disabled people, ex-offenders and young adults by building relevant employment skills, confidence, good health and personal development.

The garage, along with Citadel’s more traditional training expertise supports a number of learners towards real and relevant life skills Not only mechanical skills, but admin, IT, Customer Service, sales etc.

We are a registered Institute of motor industry Award provider We provide training opportunities to unemployed individuals with a flair for mechanical work. We feel it is important to give learners vital ‘immersion’ and learning experience in a real work setting.

we are a not for profit social enterprise and any profits are put into supporting the next generation of mechanical technicians while giving our customers a friendly, reliable and cost effective service.

Below are the most recognised warning lights on vehicles along with their meanings.

Engine warning light

The engine warning light or malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) on some vehicles may be red in colour and will illuminate when the ignition is turned on and should extinguish once the engine has started. If once the engine has started the engine warning light remains illuminated, it will suggest a problem with the engine. If the engine warning light begins flashing, ease off the accelerator and seek assistance immediately.

Engine oil warning – oil pressure dashboard warning light

The oil pressure warning light will illuminate upon switching the ignition on and will extinguish once the engine has started. If the light remains on when the engine has started or illuminates whilst driving, stop the car and turn the engine off as soon as possible. Let the engine cool and check engine oil levels are sufficient. Driving with insufficient oil in the engine can cause fatal engine damage. If engine oil is correct, do not start engine, seek assistance.

Battery warning light

The battery charge dashboard warning light will illuminate when the ignition is switched on and will extinguish once the engine has started if working correctly. If light does not illuminate when ignition is switched on, illuminates after engine is started or whilst driving, the battery is not charging. The possible causes could be a dead battery, faulty alternator or lose or corroded connection on the battery terminals.

Brake warning light

The brake system warning light will illuminate when the handbrake / parking brake is applied and should extinguish once the handbrake is released. If the light remains on and the handbrake is released it indicates a problem with the braking system of the car. Check brake fluid levels are at correct levels and if light remains on, mechanical assistance should be sought immediately.

ABS warning light

The Anti-Lock Braking System or ABS warning light will illuminate during normal driving if there is a problem with the anti-lock braking system. The ABS warning light will illuminate briefly when the ignition is switched on when the car is started to confirm the ABS system is functional. If light is illuminated, normal braking is maintained although the anti-lock system will be defective.

Parking Brake

This is the dashboard parking brake warning light or handbrake warning light. These lights can be either red or orange depending on the make of the vehicle. The symbol is illuminated to warn the driver that the parking brake or emergency brake is engaged. A parking brake warning light may also have a wrench or spanner illuminated which suggests electronic parking brakes need servicing. If the light is illuminated along with a spanner, the vehicle can be driven safely but requires maintenance.

Engine overheating light

The engine overheating symbol will illuminate if your car engine becomes dangerously hot. An overheating engine can seize causing fatal damage. If light illuminates whilst driving, pull over and turn engine off as soon as possible. Wait for the engine to cool down before checking coolant. Possible reasons could be blocked or leaking within the engine coolant system, or simply insufficient coolant.

Airbag warning light

The airbag warning light or SRS (Supplemental Restraint Systems) light will illuminate if one or all of the cars airbags have been deactivated. Check vehicle manual for any checks that can be performed. Vehicle can still be driven. If light remains on, specialist diagnostic equipment will need to be used to diagnose faults and to extinguish the warning light.

Seat belt dashboard light

Seat belt reminder dashboard warning light will remain active if the vehicle ignition is on and may flash when the vehicle begins to move if the seat belt remains unfastened. An audible alarm may sound if the vehicle is moving and the seat belt is unfastened.

Catalytic converter light

Some vehicles may have a catalytic converter warning symbol on the dashboard. If the light remains illuminated it could suggest a problem with a damaged, overheated or malfunctioning catalytic converter. Some other vehicles may illuminate the engine warning light id there is a problem with the catalytic converter. The engine management system may reduce power to the engine if there is a problem with the catalytic converter.

Tyre pressure warning light

The tyre pressure warning light will become illuminated when the tyre pressure monitoring system detects a tyres pressure is reduced by 25% or more. This dashboard warning light is more frequently illuminated during cold winter months when outdoor temperatures are reduced and lowering the tyre pressures.

Full beam dashboard indicator

The full beam symbol lets you know when your cars headlights are turned to full beam.

Fog lights dashboard symbol

The fog lights dashboard symbol illuminate to tell you that your fog lights are on. It is a legal requirement that rear fog lights are illuminated and should be illuminated when visibility is less than around 100 metres. It is an offence to illuminate fog lights when conditions do not call for their use.

Rear window demister

The rear windscreen demister light may illuminate on the dashboard or on the demister button itself. Light symbol only illuminates when button is manually activated. The window demister system can consume a large proportion of the batteries energy if activated for long periods. Turn off once window is clear to save battery energy, which in turn saves fuel.

Power steering warning light

The power steering warning light will illuminate if your fluid levels are low or if there is a fault within the system. Check power steering fluid levels and top-up if necessary. If fluid levels continuously fall, there may be a leak in the system. Steering is possible without the aid of power steering although may become difficult at low speeds. If power steering dashboard warning light remains illuminated after replenishing levels, contact your dealer.

Diesel glow plug light symbol

Diesel engines require glow plug to heat the engine cylinders before starting. By turning on the ignition, the glow plug symbol will illuminate and extinguish once enough heat has been applied. Trying to start the engine, especially in cold weather will be problematic if either you do not wait for the light to extinguish or there’s a fault with the system. If the glow plus light does not come on at all or it flashes, it will indicate there is a fault with the glow plug itself, wiring or fuse.