Have you ever found yourself puzzled while looking at the different symbols or warning lights on a car dashboard? With over 10 symbols to learn and understand, we have taken the liberty of compiling this simple list of all the warning symbols on your car dashboard and its meanings.
|Car Dashboard Symbol||Meaning|
|Engine Temperature Warning Light|
|Battery Warning Light|
|Check Engine Light / Engine Warning Light|
|Airbag Warning Light|
|Hand/Emergency/Parking Brake Warning Light|
|Seatbelt Warning Light|
|High Beam Light Indicator|
|Glow Plug Indicator|
|Low Fuel Indicator/Car Petrol Symbol|
|Oil Pressure Warning Light|
1. Engine Temperature Warning Light
This warning light comes in two colours: blue and red. When the engine temperature warning light appears in red, it means that your car’s engine is overheating. As this warning light appears on the car dashboard, there’s a chance for smoke to rise from the engine bay too. Quickly find somewhere safe to pull over and let your car rest before the heat causes irreparable damage to your vehicle.
This symbol usually appears in blue when you start your car in the morning. It is an indication that the coolant temperature is below the necessary level for optimum performance. If you would like peace of mind, let your vehicle warm up until the blue light disappears before getting on the road.
2. Battery Warning Light
If this warning light shows on the dashboard, your car battery level is critically-low. If this shows up before you begin your drive, immediately call for your car mechanic to send a replacement battery.
If this shows up during your drive, turn off everything that runs on your car battery that isn’t necessary for you to continue driving, such as the radio and air-cond. If you are driving at night, make sure that the headlights are on. Drive to somewhere safe before you turn off your car.
3. Check Engine Light/Engine Warning Light
If this warning symbol lights up, your car engine needs immediate attention. Put off everything you have planned and head to a car mechanic immediately.
4. Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) Indicator
Present in vehicles that have an ABS system, this warning light means that there is something wrong with your car’s ABS. An ABS functions as an extra safety measure when you need to make an emergency brake, so send your car to the mechanic as soon as possible to rectify the problem.
5. Airbag Warning Light
The airbag warning light will always go away in a few seconds after you start your car. However, if it does stay illuminated, it means that there is an error with your airbags. It is best to get this checked with a mechanic as the airbags might not deploy in the event of a hard impact.
6. Hand/Emergency/Parking Brake Warning Light
This warning light on the car dashboard that resembles a red circle with an exclamation mark is known as the brake warning light. If this illuminates, it means that you didn’t release the handbrake before you began your drive. However, if it does remain lit during your drive, it might suggest something severe, so do send it to your car mechanic as soon as possible.
7. Seatbelt Warning Light
This warning light serves as a reminder to put your seatbelt on whenever you are on the wheel. Some cars have this for all passengers, front and back.
8. High Beam Light Indicator
This symbol is only on when your high beams are activated, serving as a reminder.
9. Glow Plug Indicator
Present in vehicles that run on diesel, the glow plug indicator will illuminate when the engine is not warm enough. If this warning light appears often, it’s time to replace your vehicle’s glow plugs.
10. Low Fuel Indicator/Car Petrol Symbol
If you see this on your car dashboard, it means that it is running low on fuel. Once you fill the tank, the symbol will disappear.
11. Oil Pressure Warning Light
This symbol indicates that your car engine has reduced oil pressure. It might suggest bigger issues such as problems with your engine, or it could be as simple as being low on oil. You can check the dipstick to measure the car’s engine oil level or consult your car mechanic to be sure.
If you require expert advice and clarification on your car’s condition and the various car dashboard warning light symbols, consult the experts at Toyota Service Centres and you will be on the road with next-level peace of mind.