Dashboard Warning Lights

The following are some common dashboard warning lights and what to do if you see them.

Amber/yellow lights are often indicating a problem that you should look at as soon as possible. Red lights indicate danger and you should attend to them immediately, or pull over safely if you are driving.

Brake Pad Monitoring Light

This light will warn you when your brake pads are warn and are in need of replacement.

What do I do?

Book the vehicle in for brake pad replacement.

Bulb Monitoring Light

If any of your bulbs are faulty or blown, this light will warn you that one of the exterior bulbs has an issue (e.g. side light or brake light).

What do I do?

Most modern vehicles will tell you which bulb it is – you can simply replace the bulb yourself or bring the vehicle to us and we will replace the bulb for you.

Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) Light

This warning light indicates that there is an issue with the ABS or ESP functions and they may not work correctly.

What do I do?

Either call roadside assistance or bring the vehicle into us to inspect the issue.

Windscreen Washer Fluid Level

This warning light is telling you that your windscreen washer fluid is nearly empty.

What do I do?

You will need to top up the level to ensure maximum vision and safety when driving, you can bring the vehicle into us and we will top it up for free.

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Light

This light can indicate that there may be an issue with your tyre pressure, or the sensor needs to be repaired or replaced.

What do I do?

Check the tyre pressure with a tyre pressure gauge and ensure all levels are correct (you can normally find the pressures in your vehicle handbook) – you should ideally do this when the tyres are cool.

If the pressures are low, refill your tyres with air accordingly – you can pop your vehicle into us for free air.

Fuel Warning Light

Your vehicle is low on fuel and will need to be refilled shortly.

What do I do?

If the warning continues after you have filled the vehicle with fuel (and waited at least 30 seconds for the light to clear), bring your vehicle in and we can diagnose the problem.

Engine Oil Level Warning

Your engine oil level may be low and require topping up.

What do I do?

Top up your oil as soon as possible with the correct grade of oil to prevent engine damage. If you are unsure of the grade, bring your vehicle to us and we can do it for a small charge. Please note – we do not advise driving the vehicle more than a few miles if you have this warning light, to prevent engine damage.

Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) Warning

Your DPF may be blocked and needs to be cleaned.

What do I do?

Bring the vehicle to us to inspect the issue.

Emission Control or Engine Management Warning

This light indicates there may be a problem with the vehicles emission control system, or electronic engine management system and will likely lead to poor running.

What do I do?

Remove your key for 30 seconds and then re-start the engine. If the vehicle is vibrating or down on power, contact roadside assistance or bring the vehicle to us to inspect the issue. 

Brake System Warning

If your handbrake is not applied, this may indicate there is an issue with the braking system, or the brake fluid level is too low to safely operate.

What do I do?

Bring the vehicle to us to inspect the issue. If in doubt over the safety of the vehicle, do not drive it and call roadside assistance.

Battery Warning Light

This indicates there is an issue with your vehicles charging system. This is typically caused by a faulty alternator failing to charge the battery as you drive, or a faulty battery.

What do I do?

Bring the vehicle to us to inspect the issue.

Engine Oil Pressure Warning Light

This indicates there is an issue with oil pressure and your engine is not being sufficiently lubricated.

What do I do?

Turn off the engine immediately, or if driving pull over in a safe place immediately and turn off the engine. Top up the engine oil to the level required and re-start the engine. If the warning light persists or you do not have the correct grade of oil to hand, contact roadside assistance or call us for assistance as soon as possible.

Engine Cooling System Warning

This indicates the engine is not being sufficiently cooled and is starting to overheat

What do I do?

Check your coolant level immediately – wear gloves as this can be exceptionally hot and pressurised! Top-up where needed (tap-water is okay as an emergency fix but will need changing to correct coolant as soon as possible). If the coolant level appears okay but the light is still appearing, contact us to investigate the issue.

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