60 Common Reasons behind this 20 Dashboard Symbols of car – Autoacxy – Autoacxy

60 Common Reasons behind this 20 Dashboard Symbols of car – Autoacxy

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So guys, as we know how a communication plays an important role in our life by which we share our thoughts and feelings to others and it is same as with Non- Living thing like machine and Equipment like they use lights, sounds or vibration (Motion), Etc. to communicate with us. The same principle is used in car by which they communicate with us, by signaling the light symbols in the Dashboard Instrument cluster.

There are various types of Dashboard    symbols which are used in car like Warning light symbols, Safety light symbols, Light indicator symbols, Etc.

 Checkout   How   the   Warning   Dashboard   Symbols   can   damage   your   car.

So it is important that you should identity that which kind of light symbols is ON; and what  are the reasons  and meaning behind it.

So check out this 20 most common Dashboard symbols, which is  mostly used in the Modern Car.

A) WARNING LIGHT SYMBOLS

1) High Temperature Warning Lamp

engine temperature warning light

Identify by Look – It is look like a Special vintage Key or Letter ‘E’ floating vertically on the water.

Why this Symbol illuminates

  • When the temperature of the engine gets High due to low coolant level.
  • If there is an some issue in the cooling fan of the vehicle.
  • If the vehicle is excessively used for a long time without break Interval.
  • When the vehicle is not serviced for a long time.

Best Solution– If this light gets ON while Driving; then Park your vehicle aside and allow it to cools down for at least 30 minutes; and after that don’t turn ON your Air conditioning system until your vehicle get serviced from Service center.

2) Low oil Pressure Warning Lamp

car dashboard symbols

Identify by Look– Its look like an oil dropping from pint oil can.

Why this Symbol illuminates

  • When the Engine oil level gets low due any leakage or excessive usage.
  • When the Engine oil won’t change for a long time.
  • If there is an some defect in the Oil Pump.
  • If the Engine oil sensor gets defective.

Best Solution – If this light gets ON after the engine starts then you must stop your engine as soon as possible and contact your Qualified service center.

3) Brake Fluid Warning Lamp/ Parking Brake ON

car dashboard symbols

Identify by Look– It’s look like a vibrating circle having exclamation mark inside it.

Why this Symbol illuminates

  • It generally illuminates when the Hand brake are applied.
  • If this light still ON after disengaging the hand brakes properly, then the Brake fluid level must be Low.
  • This light also illuminates when the Brake Pads get worn out.

Best Solution– First of all you must properly disengage the hand brakes and after that if this light still illuminates, then carefully drive your vehicle to Qualified Service center.

4) Charging System Warning Lamp

car dashboard symbols

Identify by Look-It is look like a Red color battery having a (-) and (+) signs inside it.

Why this Symbol illuminates

  • If there is an some issue in the Alternator of the vehicle.
  • If the Positive terminals (+) of the battery gets Loosen.
  • When the Battery condition gets too old and starts to self -discharging.

Best Solution – If this light gets ON while driving, then first of all switch off your Air conditioning System and after that carefully visit Qualified Service center.

5) ABS Warning Lamp

abs light on car cost to fix

Identify by Look It is look like a vibrating circle having a letter ‘ABS’ inside it.

Why this Symbol illuminates

  • When there is an some defect in any of the four wheel speed sensor.
  • When the ABS motor gets defective.
  • If there is an some issue in the ABS Control Module.

Best SolutionDiagnosis (Scan) the Car in the Qualified Service center to find the exact Fault.

6) OBD Check Lamp

check engine light flashing

Identify by Look – Its look like a Yellow color Corsair Aviator.

Why this Symbol illuminates

  • When there is an some problem in the Emission system such as EGR valve, Catalytic converter, PCV, Etc.
  • If any of the Spark plugs or Ignition coil gets defective.
  • When there is an some issue in, any of the Oxygen sensor or Mass Airflow Sensor (MAF).
  • This light also illuminates when there is an, any defect in other components which don’t have separate warning light.

Best SolutionDiagnosis (Scan) the Car in the Qualified Service center to find the exact Fault.

 

B) SAFETY LIGHT SYMBOLS

 7) Airbag Warning Light

airbag light flashing

Identify by Look – Its look like a person tighten up with seat belt having a Round ball in                   front of him.

Why this Symbol illuminates

  • If the Crash Sensor of the Airbag gets defective.
  • When there is an some issue in the Microchip of the Airbag.
  • If there is an some Electrical defect in the Airbag Wiring circuit.

Best Solution Diagnosis (Scan) the Car in the Qualified Service center to find the exact Fault.

8) Door Ajar Warning Lamp

door ajar warning

Identify by LookIts look like a car having left door open.

Why this Symbol illuminates

  • If any of the Door’s is not properly closed.
  • If the Hood (bonnet) or Boot (dickey) is not properly closed.
  • If any of the Door sensor gets defective.

Best Solution– Stop Your car aside and check properly if all the Door’s or Bonnet or Dickey is properly closed and if the Warning lamp is still ON then visit the Qualified Service Center.

9) Seat Belt Warning Lamp

how to turn off the seat belt warning chime

Identify by Look– Its look like a person is tightened with seat belts from upper and lower.

Why this Symbol illuminates-

  • When the driver is not apply the seat belts.
  • If the Lamp is still on after fastening the seat belts then there is an some issue in the seat belt sensor.

Best Solution – Apply the seat belts properly and if the light still on then visit Qualified service center.

10) Low Fuel Warning Lamp

car dashboard symbols

Identify by Look– Its look like a Fuel Dispenser, which we usually seen in Petrol pump by which a Petrol/Diesel/Gas is able to enter into our vehicle.

Why this Symbol illuminates-

  • When the level of the fuel gets very low due to usage and has reached the Reserve Tank.
  • If the fuel level gets quickly low then there may be a leakage in the Fuel tank.

Best Solution– You must top up your fuel as soon as you see this light.

11) Tire Pressure Monitoring System Lamp (TPMS)

tpms light

Identify by Look– It is look like a round jug having an exclamation mark inside it.

Why this Symbol illuminates-

  • When the Car Tire Pressure level of any of the four wheels gets low.
  • If there is an some issue in the Transmitter of TPMS.
  • When the Tire Pressure monitoring system Valve gets defective.

Best Solution– If this lamp get ON while driving then you must slowly drive your car to nearest service center and always check your Tires before driving for a long Trip.

12) Immobilizer System Warning

immobilizer problems

Identify by Look– Its look like a combination of a car and a Big Lock.

Why this Symbol illuminates-

  • If the key gets dropped or get any external damage then the Immobilizer chip inside key may damage and your car won’t start.
  • If you using different key to start the Car.
  • When there is an some issue in the Transponder of the car.

Best Solution– If there is a Beeping noise after putting your key and your car won’t get start then you must contact your Authorized Dealer or Qualified Service Center.

13) Power Steering Warning Lamp

power steering warning light

Identify by Look– Its look like a Steering wheel with a Exclamation Mark on the right side.

Why this Symbol illuminates-

  • If there is some problem in the Power steering motor.
  • If the steering fluid get low due to leakage.
  • When the Power steering ECU gets defective.

Best Solution – First Check the Steering fluid level (Top Up to correct level) if after that the steering rotation is still Hard then you must visit the Qualified Service center.

14) ESP OFF Lamp

traction control off

Identify by Look– Its look like a vehicle moving on a curve road having a word ‘OFF’ under it.

Why this Symbol illuminates-

  • When the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) switch is Turn OFF by driver or any other person.
  • Mostly the driver switch off the ESP System in the Road condition like Deep Snow, Deep Sand, Deep Mud; where the Maximum Traction is required. (Note-Traction means Contact point between Road surface and Wheel).
  • To Turn ON Some Advanced Features like HHC, HDC, DTC, etc. it is necessary to switch OFF the ESP system.

Best Solution-Make sure that ESP system is always switched ON in  Normal Road condition.

15) ESP System Warning Lamp

traction control light wont turn off

Identify by Look– It look like a vehicle moving on a Curve Road.

Why this Symbol illuminates-

  • When there is an some issue in the YAW rate Sensor.
  • If the Steering angle sensor or wheel speed sensor gets defective.
  • If there is an some issue in the Electrical system of the ESP.

Best Solution Diagnosis (Scan) the Car in the Qualified Service center to find the exact Fault.


C) LIGHT INDICATOR SYMBOLS

 16) Parking Lamp

parking light symbol

Identify by lookIts look like an two badminton Shuttlecocks facing each other.

Why this Symbol illuminates-

  • When the light control lever is set on the middle position (Parking Light)
  • This lamp is illuminates to signal that Parking Lights are ON.
  • Mostly during the nights, when you need a light on your Instrument cluster.

Best Solution– You can Turn OFF this Lamp by Shift the Light control level to its Initial Position.

17) Turn Indicator Lamp

Symbol of signal light car

Identify by lookIts look like a two green arrow, one for the LEFT and Other for the RIGHT.

Why this Symbol illuminates-

  • When the Light Control lever is Push upwards for left light and downwards for right light.
  • This lamp illuminate when the driver is intent to take turn.
  • It also illuminates when the driver is intent to Change Lane in the Highways or Expressways.

Best solution – After Completing the turn its automatically comes to its initial position.

18) Front Fog Lamp

when to use front fog lights

Identify by look– A semi- Circle having a three intersect lines on the left side.

Why this Symbol illuminates

  • When the Lighting Control Knob or Front fog light switch is Turn ON.
  • When the driver wants more bright and clear vision while driving.
  • This lamp illuminates when driver needs a fog light during Heavy rain or Foggy road condition.

 Best SolutionTurn OFF the Front fog light Switch.

 19) Rear Fog Lamp

when to use rear fog lights

Identify by look- A semi- Circle having a three intersect lines on the right side.

Why this Symbol illuminates-

  • When the Lighting Control Knob or Rear fog light switch is Turn ON.
  • When the Driver wants a more brightness during reversing at night.
  • This Lamp illuminates when the driver turn on rear fog light during heavy rain or foggy condition to signals the following driver his presence.

Best SolutionTurn OFF the Rear fog light Switch.

 20) Headlamp High Beam Indicator

high beam car light

Identify by look– Its look like a Blue Bullet Going in right direction.

Why this Symbol illuminates

Best SolutionTurn OFF the high beam Indicator by pushing the lever upwards.

 

So to be Concluded-

These are the Top 20 Car Dashboard Symbols; which are mostly used in every car. and as a responsible driver, we must know all the meaning behind this Dashboard Symbols.

For  more   information   about   Dashboard   Symbols, Checkout  Your    Car Owner   Manual.

If   you   unable to find   the   Symbols for  which you are looking for;   then describe   the   symbol in Comment  section below.

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