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See How Some Dealers And Mechanics Fraudulently Block Dashboard Lights In Cars

Nwogbunyama Emeka

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The dashboard lights in your car play a vital role of telling you the condition of your car. Some of these lights get your attention when something is wrong somewhere in your car.

It can also notify you when there is serious issue with the engine and that you need to stop the car immediately. A perfect example is when you’re driving and the check engine light start blinking. Blinking check engine light means you need to stop your car and rectify what the problem is immediately.

Not every light on the dashboard is a bad warning light. Some appear on your dashboard to indicate you’re getting something right. An example is when you’re driving your Lexus and the “Eco” light that is green in colour comes on. It indicates you’re saving more fuel with your style of driving.

When you’re driving and you see green or blue lights pop up on your dashboard, you need not to worry because there are the ‘good lights’ of your dashboard. You should worry when it is red, orange or yellow lights. These colours indicate some systems are not working as they should.





There are some fraudulent dealers and mechanics who go all the way of blocking some of these lights just to keep their businesses moving. Dealers do it because most people see check engine light and some other lights as red flags when buying a car. In order to sell their car with no much explanation, they block out the light and the dashboard and leave unsuspecting buyers worry less.

On the side of mechanics, when they fine it difficult to rectify an issue that popped up a warning light on your dashboard, they will just detach the dashboard and block it out. Unsuspecting customers will then go home happy thinking the issue is resolved.

We at Autojosh were able to see what a fraudulent dealer did to a 2013 Toyota Camry LE. The dealer blocked off most of the warning lights on the dashboard. Check engine, VSC , ABS lights were all blocked off.

Below are some pictures of how they carry out this fraudulent act of blocking dashboard lights.

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dashboard lights blocked

In the fourth picture, you’ll see a yellow arrow pointing towards where they put the opaque material that blocks off the warning light. In this case, a black tape was used. This makes it impossible to get that particular dashboard light illuminated.





The fifth picture shows how the holes were meant to be. It should not have any material whatsoever placed in it.

Proper scanning of a car will be very helpful when buying a car.





Emeka is a Contributor at Autojosh. A graduate of Electrical/Electronic Engineering with a B.Eng degree. Emeka is a car enthusiast who is interested in traveling, writing, movies and driving. He also loves drinking garri with cold water.

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