A Guide toVolkswagen Dashboard Lights

At Timmons Volkswagen of Long Beach, we believe in being prepared. That’s why we’ve put together a quick overview of some of the most common dashboard lights seen at our service center. This way, whether you’re seeing the innocuous Daytime Running Lights icon, or the high-priority DSG® Transmission Too Hot icon, you’ll know what to do!

Green Dashboard Lights

Daytime Running Lights

Daytime Running Lights  

Icon Description: “DRL”

Meaning: Daytime running lights are on.

Shift Lock

Shift Lock

Icon Description: Shoe inside of a circle

Meaning: Apply the brakes to shift the vehicle into gear.

Yellow Dashboard Lights

Anti-Lock Braking System

Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)

Icon Description: “ABS”

Meaning: If this icon is displayed with the brake warning light, the ABS needs immediate attention.



Icon Description: Buckled-in passenger with a circle on the left

Meaning: There’s problem with the airbag or belt tensioning system, or the passenger airbags have been deactivated.

utomatic Transmission Malfunction

Automatic Transmission Malfunction

Icon Description: Gear with an exclamation point in the center

Meaning: Your car’s automatic transmission is malfunctioning. Schedule service as soon as possible.

Brake Pad Wear Indicators

Brake Pad Wear Indicators

Icon Description: Circle with dotted lines on either side

Meaning: It’s likely time to have the brake pads on your vehicle professionally replaced.

Engine Malfunction

Engine Malfunction (On-Board Diagnostics)

Icon Description: Engine

Meaning: Engine emission isn’t working properly. Service is needed to resolve the problem.

Hybrid Drive System Malfunction

Hybrid Drive System Malfunction

Icon Description: Yellow car with an exclamation point in the center

Meaning: The hybrid system is malfunctioning and requires the service of a technician.

Tire Pressure Monitoring

Tire Pressure Monitoring

Icon Description: Tire pressure monitoring sensor with an exclamation point in the center

Meaning: Tire pressure is low if the light comes on and stays on. If the light flashes every minute or so, the tire pressure monitoring system may be failing.

Red Dashboard Lights

Alternator Low Voltage Output

Alternator Low Voltage Output

Icon Description: Battery with a plus and minus sign

Meaning: The alternator’s voltage output is low. Charging has failed.

Hood Open

Hood Open

Icon Description: Car with its hood open

Meaning: Stop the car! The hood isn’t closed properly.

Parking Brake

Parking Brake

Icon Description: Circle with lines on either side and an exclamation point in the center

Meaning: This symbol can mean one of three things: parking brake is applied, ABS is malfunctioning (ABS indicator is also illuminated), or brake fluid is low.


DSG® Transmission Too Hot

Icon Description: Gear with a thermometer in the center

Meaning: Stop the car! Give the transmission time to cool with the gear shifter in park.

Don’t Ignore Car Warning Lights!

If you’re seeing yellow or red car warning lights on your dashboard, schedule service at Timmons Volkswagen of Long Beach! Our certified technicians are equipped to handle everything from malfunctioning Volkswagen Jetta to dashboard lights to routine service and maintenance. Be sure to check out our current Volkswagen service coupons before you book your visit!

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