Dashboard Lights

Car Dashboard warning lights explained

It can be alarming when a warning light flashes up on your car dashboard - but try not to panic. Car warning lights usually appear in four possible colours depending on the type and severity of the warning. The whereabouts of the icons will differ from car to car, so do use your car's user manual to familiarise yourself with the dashboard.

Red warning lights

Indicate problems that require immediate attention. Anything unexpected that correlates with the engine, brakes or airbags should be checked over as a priority.

Battery warning

Battery Warning

Brake system alert

Brake system alert

Hazard warning Light

Hazard warning Light

Oil Pressure warning

Oil Pressure warning

Seat belt reminder

Seat beltreminder

Power steering warning

Power steering warning

Hand brake on

Hand brake on

Brake pads fault

Brake pads fault

Engine Temperaturewarning

Doors open reminder

Security system fault

Security system fault

Transmission fault

Transmission fault

SRS fault

SRS fault

>Airbag switched off

Airbag switched off

Bonnet open reminder

Bonnet open reminder

Airbag fault alert

Airbag fault alert

Temperature warning

Temperaturewarning

Brake fluid low

Brake fluid low

High transmission oil

High transmission oil temperature

Boot open reminder

Amber warning lights

Indicate that something should be monitored. Some icons may require attention as they have the potential to turn into major problems.

Washer fluid low indicator

Washer fluid low indicator

Check
                    engine light

Checkengine light

Low fuel
                    warning light

Low fuelwarning light

ESP fault
                    warning light

ESP fault warning light

Due a service
                    indicator

Due a service indicator

Traction control system activated

Traction control system activated

Side airbag fault

Side airbag fault

Lane assist in operation

Lane assist in operation

Low oil level indicator

Low oil level indicator

Cruise control in operation

Cruise control in operation

Low on coolant

Low on coolant

Change in tyre pressure

Change in tyre pressure

Side airbag fault

Water in (Diesel) fuel

Cruise control in operation

Glow plug indicator (Diesel)

DPF replacement due

DPF replacement due

4x4 low gear mode

4x4 low gear mode

4x4 high gear mode

4x4 high gear mode

Catalytic converter warning

Catalytic converter warning

Child safety lock on

Child safety lock on

DPF replacement due

RBS hybrid fault

Traction control system deactivated

Traction control system deactivated

ABS warning light

ABS warning light

Bulb failure

Bulb failure

Limited electric power indicator

Limited electric power indicator

Vehicle electric charging

Vehicle electric charging

Green (or blue) warning lights

Notify certain information which shouldn't be ignored. For example, accidentally switching your high beams on can be hazardous if used in the wrong conditions.

Parking sensor in operation

Parking sensorin operation

ECO mode activated

ECO mode activated

Headlamps on

Headlamps on

Fog lights on

Fog lights on

Full beam lights on indicator

Full beam lightson indicator

Interior light on

Interior light on

Power steering warning

Coolant system too cold

Indicators on

Indicators on

Car ventilation indicator

Car ventilation indicator

Window wipers on

Window wipers on

Automatic hand brake is on

Automatic hand brake is on


                    Side lights are on

Side lights are on

Electric vehicle mode activated

Electric vehiclemode activated

Electric car charging

Electric car charging

Stop/start system

Stop/start System

Do remember that this is a guide and dashboard lights are subject to change depending on the vehicle's make and model. Do check your vehicle's user manual for dashboard specifics. If you're concerned or see any warning lights that require attention, visit your nearest Halfords Autocentre.