Dash Symbols – What do they mean? European Car Mechanic has you covered!

August 22, 2017

Do you know what the warning symbols flashing on your car’s dashboard mean?

There are 64 different symbols that can pop up on your car’s dashboard to let you know when something is wrong! How many can you identify?

When a warning symbol flashes up on the dashboard as you’re driving, your first reaction is probably to panic. You wouldn’t be alone as research has revealed that hordes of people draw a blank at what the symbols actually mean.

Don’t worry… We’ve got you covered!

  1. Indicator to push the clutch
  2. Indicator to push the brake pedal
  3. Locked steering-wheel
  4. Full beam turned on
  5. Low tyre pressure
  6. Side lights on
  7. Problems with headlight / tail-lights / signals bulbs
  8. Problems with brake lights
  9. Winter mode
  10. Info indicator
  11. The diesel auxiliary heater
  12. Ice warning
  13. Starting system problems
  14. The key is not in the car
  15. Key low battery
  16. Warning distance to another car
  17. Service warning light
  18. Adaptive headlights turned on
  19. Headlight angle adjustment
  20. Problems with variable rear spoiler
  21. Problems in triggering electric roof
  22. Front airbag is switched off
  23. Handbrake is on
  24. Front fog lights turned on
  25. Power steering system problems
  26. Rear fog lights switched on
  27. Low level of windscreen fluid
  28. Worn brake pads
  29. Cruise control is activated
  30. Signal indicators
  31. Trouble on light sensor or rain sensor
  32. Water in fuel filter
  33. Airbag switched off
  34. Mechanical problem or electrical error
  35. Dipped headlights turned on
  36. Dirty air filter requires replacement
  37. Parking sensors turned on
  38. Problems with the diesel particulate filter (DPF)
  39. Error — disconnection of the plug from the trailer
  40. Air suspension problems
  41. Warning for leaving your lane with lane assist system active
  42. Problems with catalytic converter
  43. Seatbelt warning
  44. Warning parking light
  45. Alternator or battery problems
  46. ECO mode turned on
  47. Downhill assist on
  48. Cooling system problems
  49. Problem with ABS
  50. Problems with fuel filter
  51. Open door
  52. Open bonnet
  53. Fuel tank on reserve, need to fill the tank
  54. Automatic gearbox problems
  55. Speed limiter is active
  56. Suspension problems
  57. Front window defroster
  58. (Sadly is not “do a sick burnout”) Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) is off
  59. Open boot
  60. Low oil pressure
  61. The automatic windscreen wiper
  62. Engine problems or hazards
  63. Rain sensor
  64. Rear window defroster

Do not hesitate to contact us if a symbol on your dashboard concerns you. There is no problem too big or too small!