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Dashboard Indicator Lights

Something unusual appear on your dash? The rules for indicator lights are the same for traffic lights: If it’s yellow, be cautious and check it out as soon as possible. If it’s red, pull off the road safely—then stop the engine and call for assistance.

Volkswagen Dashboard Indicator Guide

Antilock Braking System (ABS) Malfunction

If there is an ABS malfunction, the ABS warning light comes on in combination with the brake warning light.

AdBlue® Level Warning

Refill AdBlue® tank or AdBlue® system malfunction.

AdBlue® System Malfunction Warning

AdBlue® system malfunction or not filled with standard AdBlue®.

AdBlue® No Restart Warning

No engine restart possible —not enough AdBlue® or AdBlue® system malfunction.


Airbag or belt tensioning system faulty or passenger airbags deactivated.

Alternator Low Voltage Output

Charging system failure.

Automatic Transmission Malfunction

Have the system checked immediately by a Volkswagen authorized dealer or service facility.

Brake Light Bulb Failure

One or more brake lights burned out.

Brake Pad Wear Indicators

Check brake pad.

Bulb Failure

• Solid: Bulb failure
• Flashing: Headlamp leveling or AFS defective

Coolant Level Low
Coolant Temperature High

Stop! Check coolant level. See owner’s manual (3x audible warning).

Diesel Engine Pre-Glow Before Engine Start-Up

• Solid: Diesel engine pre-glow system is switched on
• Flashing: Malfunction in the diesel engine

Daytime Running Lights

Daytime running lights on.

DSG® Transmission Too Hot

Stop! Do not continue driving (allow the transmission to cool with the gear shifter in park position).

Electric Parking Brake Warning Light

Parking brake error. See owner’s manual.

Engine Malfunction (On-board Diagnostics)

Engine emission malfunction—bring in for service.

Electronic Power Control (Exhaust Gas)

Engine malfunction—bring in for service.


• Solid: ESP/ASR inactive
• Flashing: ESP/ASR event

Particulate Filter (Diesel Engines)

Filter blocked with soot. See owner’s manual.

Fuel Cap Off Or Missing

Fuel cap off or missing.

Hood Open

Stop! Engine hood is open or not closed properly.

Hybrid Drive System Malfunction

• Yellow: Hybrid system malfunction (See an authorized Volkswagen dealer or service facility)
• Red: Stop the vehicle in a safe place as soon as possible


Incorrect Key. Key not adapted to vehicle.

License Bulb License Plate Bulb Failure

One or more license plate lights burned out.

Low Fuel Level

Please refuel (1x audible warning).

Oil Pressure Warning

Stop—no oil pressure, turn engine OFF. See owner’s manual (3x audible warning).

Oil Level Low

• Check oil level
• Oil sensor—bring in for service

Parking Brake

• Parking brake is applied
• ABS malfunction (ABS light on, too)
• Low brake fluid

If ABS malfunction, see owner’s manual. If low brake fluid, stop! (1x audible warning).

Rain Sensor Malfunction

Switch the ignition off and on again, if the light stays on, contact an authorized Volkswagen dealer or service facility.

Shift Lock

Brake must be applied to shift vehicle into gear.


Stop the vehicle and do not continue to drive (3x audible warning).

• Yellow Solid: Power steering assist reduced
• Yellow Flashing: Malfunction in the electronic steering column lock
• Red Solid: Power steering assist failure
• Red Flashing: Malfunction in the electronic steering column lockm‐1x audible warning

Tire Pressure Monitoring

Tire pressure low or system failure (1x audible warning).

Washer Fluid Low

Fill with washer fluid (1x audible warning).