DashBoard Symbols Meaning



1. ABS warning light – it is turned on every time there's something wrong with the Anti-lock Brake System. 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 – this panel is switched on if the fuel level gets very low and refuel is required.
3. Seat belt reminder – the symbol appears and remains active as long as the engine is started and the seat belt remains unfastened; depending on the car manufacturer and car model, the seat belt reminder is combined with an audio notification.
4. Electrical problem warning – this light warns you that there's a problem with the electrical system of the car.

5. Brake system alert – the notification is powered on if the ECU detects a problem to the brake system
6. Warning light – it signals an unidentified problem with your car; it usually requires the car to be serviced.
7. Child seat indicator – if turned on, it informs you that the standardized child safety seat is attached
8. Tire pressure monitor – the warning is turned on in case of low tire pressure which could raise the fuel consumption or affect the grip.
9. Air filter – 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 – 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 – same as the front airbag but intended for the side airbag
12. Child seat – 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 – it is activated and remains on once the driver turns on the fog beams
14. Windshield wash – the notification appears once the windshield wipers are activated
15. Master lighting switch
16. Rear window defrost – pretty self-explanatory, it is turned on once the driver presses the rear window defrosting button
17. Child seat warning – similar to the other child seat notifications, it warns the driver that the child seat may be wrongly installed
18. Brake fluid malfunction – rarely installed on the dashboard, it unveils a problem in the brake fluid recipient
19. Battery warning – if this light is turned on while driving, it reveals a malfunction concerning the battery charging system

20. Child safety lock – if lighted on, the symbol shows you that the child safety lock has been activated
21. Emergency indicator – the notification is activated once the driver pushes the emergency button
22. Cruise control – 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 – similar to rear window defrost but especially intended for windshield
24. Powertrain malfunction – if on, this light shows that the powertrain has been damaged and the car needs to be serviced as soon as possible.
25. Slip indicator – mostly installed on luxury cars, the slip indicator unveils that the car may lose grip due to difficult driving conditions
26. Open doors indicator – 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 – exclusively installed on Ford models, this symbol flashes once the Securilock Anti-theft technology has been enabled
28. Electronic Throttle Control light – briefly enabled when the driver starts the engine, the indicator shows a malfunction in the Electronic Throttle Control system
29. AWD – with a pretty suggestive name, this panel is lighted on once the all-wheel drive system is enabled
30. ESP/BAS light – 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 – it shows the driver that the overdrive system has been turned off
32. Turn signals – surely the most known instrument panels, the turn signals are activated once the driver changes direction and uses the signal lever
33. Temperature warning light – it warns the driver of the possibility of engine overheating and usually demands the driver to stop the vehicle
34. OBD Indicator – 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 light – it is turned on once the driver activates the high beam mode of the headlights
36. Oil pressure warning – 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.

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