Ever wondered what those warning symbols on your VW’s dashboard mean? We’ll walk you through the meanings behind the VW dashboard warning lights to ensure you know what to do next in this guide. For the next few months we’ll be updating this article with more information to bring you a large list of VW warning light symbols to cross-check against.
General VW Dashboard Warning Light Colour Meanings
Depending on your model of VW car you have (Volkswagen Polo, Volkswagen Passat, etc.), the dashboard warning lights usually follow the same traffic light colour coding across the range, as described below:
Green: the car systems appear to be working as normal, or it is currently being used.
Yellow: something may not be normal within the car’s systems, so make sure to take care whilst driving and seek to attend to the problem indicated swiftly.
Red: potentially a critical problem with the car systems – you may need to stop when safe and check the issue.
Green VW Dashboard Warning Lights
Cruise Control – light
The cruise control light will appear when you activate the cruise control system on your vehicle. This is to simply inform you that it is in this mode.
Electronic Parking Brake – light
The Electronic Parking Brake light appears whilst the car is in the Auto Hold function and can be disabled manually.
Lane Assist – light
The Lane Assist light is visible when the lane assistance system is active and markings on the road are detected.
Press Brake Pedal – light
If your vehicle is fitted with an automatic transmission then you may experience this press brake pedal information light. It is indicating that you should press the brake pedal whilst moving the gear lever out of park.
Yellow VW Dashboard Warning Lights
Emission control/Engine management – warning light
More commonly known as the ‘check engine’ light. This could indicate issues with either the emissions from the engine, the engine itself, or a faulty sensor. It’s advised to seek assistance as soon as you can to diagnose the problem.
Adaptive Suspension Dampers – warning light
Seeing this light appear usually means that action is required, therefore visit your garage as soon as possible.
Adaptive Light System – warning light
Attention to the adaptive light system is required, therefore seek an opinion from your garage as soon as possible.
Automatic Gearbox System – warning light
This light could signal an issue with the gearbox and a potential malfunction. It’s recommended to seek your garage as soon as possible if this warning light fails to disappear so they can assess the issue. You may also receive various on screen messages to help rectify this warning.
Anti-lock Brake System – warning light
The anti-lock brake system light indicates a fault with the brake system. You may experience a lack of ABS and ESP functions although standard braking will continue to work. Seek advice from your garage to correct the issues with the ABS system.
Red VW Dashboard Warning Lights
Brake System – warning light
This light will appear when the handbrake is on (which is a normal warning) but also if there is a fault with the braking system of the car whilst you’re driving. If the handbrake is released and the red ‘exclamation in a circle’ light still is illuminated, then stop your vehicle when it’s safe to do so. If the ABS light also is lit then this could indicate a specific issue with the ‘automatic braking system’. Seek assistance immediately to diagnose the problem.
Recharge AdBlue – warning light
This red warning light indicates that there is no AdBlue range left, meaning that your car won’t be able to restart after the ignition is switched off. A complete top-up is required if this warning light appears in red otherwise the vehicle will not start. This is a feature of the system rather than a fault.
Bonnet – warning light
Attempt to stop the car as soon as it’s safe as this sensor could warn you that the bonnet is not closed properly. Check the bonnet and attempt to close it again. Otherwise if the red warning light continues to be present after closing the bonnet speak with your garage to diagnose the issue.
Airbag & Seat Belt System – warning light
When this light appears on the dash, it implies that there is a fault with either the seatbelt system or the airbag system. It’s recommended to get the airbag assessed as soon as possible, so you can determine the issue and get it repaired.
Door – warning light
Are all the doors closed correctly? If not, then there could be a fault with the door sensors or something else related to the door mechanism. Take your vehicle to the nearest garage to correct the issue.
Repair your VW vehicle in Bath
If you’ve found that your VW car or VW Group car (Skoda, SEAT, Audi brands) is showing dashboard warning signs which you’re concerned about, then why not visit MCM Garage the VW specialists in Bath. We’ll help diagnose the issue as well as repair any faults and get your car up and running again. Contact us today via our online form to book your VW repair appointment or alternatively call us on 01761 415 501. We use genuine Volkswagen AG parts when servicing your vehicle.
Disclaimer: Please note that the image icons used may differ to the one in your vehicle and are only displayed for reference purposes only. For full clarification of warning lights refer to your manufacturer’s vehicle handbook.