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Volkswagen Warning Lights and Their Meanings

Volkswagen Warning Lights and Their Meanings
December 21, 2016 Shawna
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Volkswagen Warning Lights and Their Meanings

It is important to know what the warning lights mean in the event they come on while driving your Volkswagen.

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.

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  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.
  32. Tire Pressure Monitoring — The tire pressure is low or there is an issue with the system.
  33. Washer Fluid Low — The washer fluid is low and should be refilled.

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