Volkswagen Dashboard Warning Lights and Service in Chicago, IL

July 16th, 2015 by

Volkswagen Warning Lights and Their Meanings

It can be pretty scary driving down the road only to see one of those dashboard warning lights come on, especially if you have no idea what the light actually means. You may start going through all the worst case scenarios in your head, only to begin to assume the worst. If this happens to you, the first thing you will want to do is take a deep breath. There are many warning lights in Volkswagen vehicles and they also mean a lot of different things. It is important to know as much as you can about your car, so here at Jennings Volkswagen we are going to share some information about Volkswagen warning lights and their meanings.

Volkswagen Service near Chicago

*In the event that a dashboard warning light has been illuminated on your Volkswagen, the best option to assure that you and your vehicle are safe is to visit your local Volkswagen service department. The Jennings VW team is located in Glenview, IL and readily serves all local suburbs of Chicago. Honest and efficient, our team is always on standby to help!*

One of the most important things to know about Volkswagen indicator lights is that they are actually color coded similar to a traffic light. Green lights are just informational, letting you know that certain systems are on. Yellow lights are trying to tell you that there is a possible problem, so you will want to be cautious and get the vehicle to a mechanic as soon as you can. If a red light is illuminated you should stop and have your car towed to the nearest service center. To understand what each light means, see the graphic and descriptions below.

  1. Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) — There is a potential issue with the ABS. If there is a malfunction in the system, the brake light will also illuminate.
  2. AdBlue Level Warning — The AdBlue is low and needs to be refilled.
  3. AdBlue System Malfunction Warning — There is an issue with the AdBlue system.
  4. AdBlue No Restart Warning — The engine will not restart because the AdBlue system is either malfunctioning or too low on AdBlue.
  5. Airbag — The airbag system is not working properly or the passenger airbags have been deactivated.
  6. Alternator Low Voltage Output — The charging system has failed.
  7. Automatic Transmission Malfunction — There is an issue with the automatic transmission. Have your Volkswagen checked ASAP.
  8. Brake Light Bulb Failure — At least one brake light is burned out and needs to be replaced.
  9. Brake Pad Wear Indicators — Check your brake pads, they may be very low and need to be replaced.
  10. Bulb Failure — If the light is solid, there is a headlight out. The light will flash if there is an issue with headlamp leveling or the Adaptive Front-Lighting System.
  11. Coolant Level/Temperature — The coolant level is low and the temperature is high. Stop immediately and check your coolant.
  12. Diesel Engine Pre-Glow Before Engine Start-Up — If the light is solid, the diesel engine pre-glow system is on. The light will flash if there is a diesel engine malfunction.
  13. Daytime Running Lights (DRL) – The DRL system is on
  14. DSG Transmission Too Hot — The transmission is too hot. Stop driving and put the vehicle in park to allow the transmission to cool down.
  15. Electric Parking Brake Warning Light — There is an issue with the parking brake. Your owner’s manual can tell you more.
  16. Engine Malfunction (On-Board Diagnostics) — This is the dreaded “check engine light.” There is a possible engine malfunction, so you should bring the vehicle in for service.
  17. Electric Power Control (Exhaust Gas) — There is a potential issue with the engine. Bring in the car for service.
  18. ESP/ASR — If the light is solid, the Electronic Stabilization Program or Traction Control are inactive. The light will flash if there is an event that triggers the ESP or ASR.
  19. Particulate Filter (Diesel Engines) — There is something blocking the filter. Refer to your owner’s manual for more information.
  20. Fuel Cap — The fuel cap is off or missing and needs to be replaced.
  21. Hood Open — The hood is open. Stop the car and close the hood properly.
  22. Hybrid Drive System Malfunction — If the light is yellow, there is an issue with the hybrid system and you should bring the vehicle to a service center. If the light is red, stop the vehicle right away.
  23. Immobilizer — The wrong key is in the ignition or the key has not been adapted to the vehicle.
  24. License Plate Bulb — There is at least one license plate bulb burned out.
  25. Low Fuel Level — The fuel level is low. Refuel ASAP.
  26. Oil Pressure Warning — There is no oil pressure, stop the car and turn off the engine. See your owner’s manual for more information.
  27. Oil Level Low — The oil level may be low or the oil sensor is malfunctioning. Check the oil level and possibly bring in for service.
  28. Brake System – This light could mean a few things. The parking brake may be applied. If the ABS light is also on, there is an ABS malfunction. There also may be low brake fluid. Based on the issue, handle the situation accordingly.
  29. Rain Sensor Malfunction — There is an issue with the rain sensor. Turn the ignition off and then on again. If the light stays on, bring the vehicle in for service.
  30. Shift Lock — To shift gears, the brake must be applied.
  31. Steering System — Like the brake system like, this light could mean a few things. No matter what, stop the vehicle. A yellow solid light means the power steering assist has been reduced. A red solid light means the power steering assist is failing. A yellow or red flashing light means there is a malfunction in the system.
    Tire Pressure Monitoring — The tire pressure is low or there is an issue with the system.
  32. Washer Fluid Low — The washer fluid is low and should be refilled.

Schedule Volkswagen Service in Chicago, IL

We hope this helps you to understand what your Volkswagen warning lights are trying to tell you. For more information about the specific warning lights in your Volkswagen, refer to your owner’s manual. Again, we do suggest that if you are having trouble with your Volkswagen that you visit your local dealership; for those of you seeking assistance in the Chicago, Illinois area, we would be more than happy to help. Scheduling an appointment with the Jennings VW service department is as easy as giving us a call or creating an appointment online in a matter of minutes.

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