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Dashboard Indicator Light Meanings

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The lights that populate your vehicle’s dashboard alert you to the myriad of issues that might be affecting it at any given moment. However, they can only be utilized if you’re familiar with what each of these lights indicates.
Here at Krause Toyota, we know just how difficult it can be to differentiate between indicator lights. That’s why we’ve created this helpful guide so you can identify the most common dashboard indicator lights and what they mean.

Check Engine Light

This is perhaps the most well-known of all indicator lights. A yellow box that resembles an engine, the check engine light can indicate any number of issues that might be affecting your vehicle. No matter what the issue at hand may be, it’s important to bring your vehicle in for service as soon as the check engine light activates.

Charging System Warning Light

This light resembles a brick with a “+” and “-” at either end. If this light activates, something could be wrong with your vehicle’s battery or charging system. If that’s the case, you’ll want to bring your vehicle in for service as soon as possible to avoid getting stranded with a dead battery.

Low Tire Pressure Warning

If a symbol that kind of looks like a horseshoe with an exclamation mark illuminates, this indicates that your tire pressure is low. The fix could be as simple as filling your tires with air, but for more complicated problems, it could mean a leak that requires immediate service.

Low Engine Oil


If a symbol that looks like a genie’s lamp lights up on your dashboard, it could be an indicator that your vehicle’s engine oil is running low. Since this is such a critical part of your vehicle running smoothly, you’ll want to restock on your engine oil right away.

Low Washer Fluid


A symbol that includes waves and what looks like a water spout indicates that your vehicle is running low on windshield wiper fluid. If you want your line of vision to be unobstructed as you drive, you’ll need to fill up on more washer fluid as soon as possible. Once you do, this light should go away.

ABS Light

The anti-lock braking system is one of the most important safety features of any vehicle. Thus, when the ABS light activates indicating that something is wrong with your vehicle’s ABS technology, it’s important that you react right away by bringing your vehicle in for the necessary repairs.

Low Fuel Level Warning


Some of the issues indicated by dashboard lights include easy fixes. For example the symbol that looks like a gas station fuel pump simply means that your fuel level is running low. To fix this issue, simply stop into a local gas station and replenish your vehicle’s gasoline levels.

Maintenance Required Light


This light, with letters that make up a “Maint Reqd” message, simply lets you know that it’s time for regularly scheduled maintenance for your vehicle based on the number of miles you have driven. Some routine things that happen during these visits include an oil change, fluid inspections, brake inspections, and more.

Slip Indicator

Sometimes, you’ll be forced to drive on wet or icy surfaces during your commute. During this time, your vehicle’s tires might begin to slip. If they do, the slip indicator light will activate. When it does, be sure to remain calm so you can take back control of your vehicle and safely continue your journey.

If you have any questions about your vehicle’s dashboard indicator lights and what they mean, be sure to speak with our expert staff at Krause Toyota for the answers.

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