Figure Out What Those VW Dashboard Warning Lights and Symbols Mean

By Product Expert | Posted in Service, Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 at 4:47 pm
Guide to Volkswagen Dashboard Warning Light Meanings

Guide to Volkswagen Dashboard Warning Light Meanings

Though your Volkswagen is likely to run like a dream most of the time, there can be times when you notice a light pop up on the instrument cluster. These indicator lights can be concerning, but not all of them are bad. Still, in order to determine which ones you can ignore and which ones may indicate a need for service, it’s good to have a guide to Volkswagen dashboard warning light meanings.

Before you get started looking for a specific warning light or studying the guide below, you’ll want to know a couple things in regard to the color of the warning light. If the light is green, there should be no concern. On the other hand, a yellow light suggests caution and likely a need for service as soon as possible, while a red warning light will indicate the need to pull off the road as soon as it is safe to do so and then shutting down the vehicle.

volkswagen abs warning light symbolMalfunction with the antilock braking system
volkswagen adblue warning lightsAdBlue system malfunction or need to refill AdBlue
vw adblue system malfunctionAdBlue system malfunction or standard AdBlue not used
vw low adblue malfunction warning lightsEngine can not be restarted due to low AdBlue/AdBlue malfunction
vw airbag dashboard warning lightFaulty airbag/belt tensioning system or deactivated passenger airbags
alternator low voltage warning light volkswagenLow alternator voltage/charging system failure
volkswagen transmission malfucntion warning lightsAutomatic transmission malfunction
volkswagen brake light bulb warning lightBrake light bulb is out
volkswagen brake pad wear indicator warning lightBrake pad wear indicator
volkswagen light bulb dashboard warning light indicatorSolid: bulb failure/Flashing: leveling or defective AFS
volkswagen thermometer looking warning lightLow coolant/high coolant temp.
volkswagen squiggly line dashboard warning light engine pre-glowSolid: engine pre-glow system on/Flashing: engine malfunction
volkswagen drl dashboard warning lightDaytime running lights are on
volkswagen thermometer in a gear dashboard warning lightDSG transmission overheat
volkswagen no sign p dashboard warning lightParking brake issue
volkswagen engine dashboard warning lightEngine malfunction
vw epc dashboard warning lightElectronic Power Control [Learn more here]
volkswagen dashboard warning lights with swerving carSolid: ESP/ASR inactive/Flashing: ESP/ASR event
volkswagen particulate filter warning lightParticulate filter is blocked
volkswagen bolt sticking out of car dashboard warning lightFuel cap off or missing
vw hood open dashboard warning lightHood is open
volkswagen exclamation point dashboard warning lightYellow: Hybrid system malfunction/Red: Stop the vehicle safely
vw dashboard warning light with car and keyWrong key
volkswagen b-x 32 warning lightBurned out license bulb
volkswagen fuel pump dashboard warning lightLow fuel
vw oil and exclamation point warning lightOil pressure warning
volkswagen yellow oil dashboard warning lightLow oil or faulty oil sensor
volkswagen exclamation poin with circle warning lightParking brake is on/ABS malfunction/low brake fluid
volkswagen headlight dashboard warning lightRain sensor malfunction
volkswagen green foot shoe dashboard warning lightNeed to apply brake to shift
volkswagen steering wheel dashboard warning light symbolYellow solid: power steering reduced/Yellow flashing: steering column lock malfunction/Red solid: power steering failure/Red flashing: steering column lock malfunction
vw exclamation point inside tire warning lightTire pressure low or system failure
volkswagen windshield washer fluid dashboard warning lightLow washer fluid level

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So, the next time you notice any of these indicators, you can refer to our handy guide to Volkswagen dashboard warning light meanings. Remember, ignoring serious warning lights can cause problems, so if necessary, have these warning indicators checked out as soon as possible. For any questions, be sure to contact our team here at Volkswagen Santa Monica.

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4 Responses to “Figure Out What Those VW Dashboard Warning Lights and Symbols Mean”

  1. Cathy Arakaki says:

    I see a circle with a number 6 in it what does that mean

  2. Patricia says:

    Hello my jetta 2005 have a not entry signal in the dash board, How can I fix it?

  3. Dr Shankaragouda says:

    My vento is not starting, battery charged, audio is on lights are working,what is problem kindly let me know