The lights are there to indicate the status of your car.
They are also called: signals or indicator lights.
The worry is that not many people know exactly what all these psychics mean!
To help you recognize all the symbols on your car, use our dashboard indicator light guide.
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What do the indicator lights on the instrument panel mean?
The dashboard lights help you to drive safely. Use this guide to recognize alarm, alert, and signaling symbols. Be aware that they may differ slightly from car to car.
THE ALARM LIGHTS
Attention danger ! Indicators in red indicate a serious malfunction which must be checked immediately.
If in doubt : look at your car owner’s manual. There you will find a visual of the dashboard with the position and explanation of all the warning lights.
Abnormal coolant temperature
Abnormal engine oil pressure
These symbols vary in color depending on the manufacturer. They indicate that something needs to be considered and revised. Better to check what is wrong without delay!
Seat belt not fastened
Automatic transmission failure
Towing hitch failure
Depress the clutch pedal
For manual transmissions, serves as a reminder that the clutch must be depressed before the engine can be started.
Do an interview as soon as possible.
Hand brake applied
This warning light indicates a malfunction of the ignition, injection or depollution system.
Catalytic converter fault
Indicates that a tire pressure check is required.
Brake pad wear
Power steering failure
Anti-lock braking system (ABS) fault
Safety distance alert
Air suspension fault
Change the fuel filter
Risk of ice
Shock absorber failure
Failure of the ESP electronic stability control system
In yellow, this symbol indicates that the car’s electronic trajectory control is active. As a rule, it gets active on wet and slippery roads. Drive carefully, avoid any form of emergency braking, and take your foot off the accelerator to reduce your speed.
Steering lock fault
THE MOST COMMON WITNESSES
Green, blue, orange and more rarely red, these warning lights indicate the operation of an on-board system.
Key not detected
Minimum fuel level
Minimum level of windshield washer fluid
Do an interview as soon as possible.
Rear window defrost
Consult the messages on the on-board computer.
Front fog lights
Rear fog lights
Manual height adjustment of the light beams
Exterior lighting failure
Side lighting failure
Direct the light beams according to the direction of the steering wheel
The lights come on or go off automatically depending on the outside light, without using the stalk.
Left and right turn signals
ADVANCED COMMAND INDICATORS
Anti-skid system for automatic gearboxes.
Brake control system
Problem with ignition system or car key
Lane Departure Warning
ECO mode activated
ECO mode is a function that optimizes fuel consumption by controlling your acceleration.
Rain sensor activated
Low key battery
Automatic wiping activated
In green, this symbol indicates the retractable spoiler is activated. In red, it indicates a system failure.
DIESEL ENGINE INDICATORS
This warning light indicates that the spark plugs have warmed the engine sufficiently to start the car. Wait a few seconds for the warning light to go out before starting your car. If the light does not go out, your glow plugs may be burnt or defective.
Particulate filter saturation
Presence of water in the diesel filter
How to decode the colors of the indicator lights
The witnesses are represented by colored pictograms and are classified into 3 categories. The little mnemonic trick to remember this is to think of sighted people like a traffic light:
– Red or flashing: Danger ! Play it safe, stop your car and switch off the engine. These warning lights indicate an engine failure which must be checked immediately.
– Yellow or orange: these warning lights mean that something must be taken into consideration and revised without delay, but without immediate danger.
– Green : these warning lights indicate the activation of the onboard systems during their use.
Have you used this guide to all dash indicator lights? Let us know in the comments if it worked for you. We can’t wait to hear from you!
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