The Complete Guide To Understanding Those Crazy Car Dashboard Symbols!


(PCM) If you are anything like us then you are probably a bit too embarrassed to admit that you may not completely understand what is going when when your car dashboard lights up with an odd looking symbol and you know immediately something is amiss!

Looking at those crazy symbols can seem a lot like trying to read hieroglyphics, so we were thrilled to come across this handy chart that covers just about all the symbols and exactly what your car is trying to tell you!

Dashboard-Lights Of course each car is going to be a little bit different, but the chart above contains some of the most common symbols and what they mean. The above image is a bit hard to read, so we have typed up a handy list below:

1. Fog light (front)
2. Power steering warning light
3. Fog light (rear)
4. Washer fluid low
5. Brake pad warning
6. Cruise control on
7. Direction indicators
8. Rain and light sensor
9. Winter mode
10. Information indicator
11. Glow-plug/diesel pre-heat warning
12. Frost warning
13. Ignition switch warning
14. Key not in vehicle
15. Key fob battery low
16. Distance warning
17. Press clutch pedal
18. Press brake pedal
19. Steering lock warning
20. Main beam headlights
21. Tire pressure low
22. Sidelight information
23. Exterior light fault
24. Brake lights warning
25. Diesel particularate filter warning
26. Trailer tow hitch warning
27. Air suspension warning
28. Lane departure warning
29. Catalytic converter warning
30. Seat belt not on
31. Parking brake light
32. Battery/alternator warning
33. Parking assist
34. Service required
35. Adaptive lighting
36. Headlight range control
37. Rear spoiler warning
38. Convertible roof warning
39. Airbag warning
40. Handbrake warning
41. Water in fuel filter
42. Airbag deactivated
43. Fault problem
44. Dipped beam headlights
45. Dirty air filter
46. Eco driving indicator
47. Hill decent control
48. Temperature warning
49. ABS warning
50. Fuel filter warning
51. Door open
52. Bonnet open
53. Low fuel
54. Automatic gearbox warning
55. Speed limiter
56. Suspension dampers
57. Oil pressure low
58. Windscreen defrost
59. Boot open
60. Stability control off
61. Rain sensor
62. Engine/emissions warning
63. Rear window defrost
64. Auto windscreen wiping

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