Common Dashboard Warning Lights and Symbols


Dashboard Symbols/Indicators
1. ABS Warning Light
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(Anti-lock brake system) When this system malfunctions or breaks down, this indicator light turns on.. Note that the ABS symbol is activated once the drive starts the engine, but it's automatically turned off after a few seconds.
2. Low Fuel Notification
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This light is switched on if the fuel level gets too low.
3. Seatbelt Reminder
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This is a safety warning light that reminds you to fasten your seatbelt. If your seatbelt is not fastened, this light will remain on and a reminder bell may be present.
4. Electrical Problem Notification
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This light warns you that there's a problem with the electrical system of the car.
5. Brake System Alert
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the notification is powered on if the ECU detects a problem to the brake system.
6. Warning Light
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it signals an unidentified problem with your car; it usually requires the car to be serviced.
7. Child Seat Indicator
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if illuminated it informs you that the standardized child safety seat is attached.
8. Tire Pressure Monitor
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the warning is turned on in case of low tire pressure which could raise the fuel consumption or affect the grip.
9. Air Filter Light
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usually installed on the center console, but also found on the dashboard; this light informs the driver that a malfunction was detected at the passenger compartment air filter.
10. Front Airbag Light
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the light monitors the front airbag and, in case it is turned on, signals a problem with it; it usually requires professional assistance.
11. Side Airbag Light
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same as the front airbag but intended for the side airbag.
12. Child Seat Monitor
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this symbol informs the driver that there may be a problem with the rear-mounted child seat; similar to number 7 but used by different manufacturers.
13. Fog Beams Indicator
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this is toggled when the driver turns on the fog beams.
14. Windshield Wash Light
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a notification appears when you are low on washer fluid.
15. Headlight Notifier
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this notifies the driver that all lights are on.
16. Rear Window Defrost
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it is turned on once the driver presses the rear window defrosting button.
17. Child Seat Warning
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similar to the other child seat notifications, it warns the driver that the child seat may be wrongly installed.
18. Brake Fluid Malfunction
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rarely installed on the dashboard, it unveils a problem in the brake fluid recipient.
19. Battery Warning
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if this light is turned on while driving, it reveals a malfunction concerning the battery charging system.
20. Child Safety Lock
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if lighted on, the symbol shows you that the child safety lock has been activated.
21. Emergency Indicator
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the notification is activated once the driver pushes the emergency button.
22. Cruise Control
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this light is turned on if the cruise control system is activated; note that it may differ by brand and car model.
23. Windshield Defrost
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similar to rear window defrost but especially intended for windshield.
24. Powertrain Malfunction
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if illuminated, this light shows that the powertrain has been damaged and the car needs to be serviced as soon as possible.
25. Slip Indicator
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mostly installed on luxury cars, the slip indicator unveils that the car may lose grip due to difficult driving conditions.
26. Open Doors Indicator
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this symbol is usually turned on just after the driver starts the engine and informs him that one or more doors are closed incorrectly.
27. Anti-Theft System
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exclusively installed on Ford models, this symbol flashes once the Securilock Anti-theft technology has been enabled.
28. Electronic Throttle Control Light
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briefly enabled when the driver starts the engine, the indicator shows a malfunction in the Electronic Throttle Control system.
29. All-Wheel Drive
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with a pretty suggestive name, this panel is lighted on once the all-wheel drive system is enabled.
30. ESP/BAS Light
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similar to the ABS indicator, but especially installed to inform the driver about a potential problem with the Electronic Stability Program technology.
31. Overdrive Indicator
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it shows the driver that the overdrive system has been turned off.
32. Turn Signals
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surely the most known instrument panels, the turn signals are activated once the driver changes direction and uses the signal lever.
33. Coolant Overheating Warning
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it warns the driver of the possibility of engine overheating and usually demands the driver to stop the vehicle.
34. OBD Indicator
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member of the Onboard Diagnostics, this indicators reveals a problem to the engine or to the gas emissions and required the car to be serviced.
35. High-Beam Lights
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it is turned on once the driver activates the high beam mode of the headlights.
36. Oil Pressure Warning
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this notification is turned on if the ECU detects a problem with the oil pressure; the driver is usually recommended to stop the vehicle and service it as soon as possible.

The dashboard is designed as an information center. It gives you a generalized warning when your vehicle may be malfunctioning. When any part of your vehicle is not working properly, a light will turn on notifying you of an underlying problem. These lights may be aided with a bell or buzzer to grasp your attention.

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