Dashboard Warning Lights And Indicators

Dashboard Warning Lights And Indicators


Hello I’m Chris. A modern car has many sensors how your car is behaving. If there’s something wrong then normally the first you’ll know about it will be a warning light on the dashboard. There are so many different warning lights and indicators. If you ignore an important warning light then you could put your safety at risk or end up with an expensive car repair bill. You can find certain dashboard lights in all cars and some are more specific for the make and model. I’m in a manual diesel Ford Fiesta. Using the owners manual for reference I’ll explain what each dashboard light means, but always check in your owners manual in case there’s any differences. When you start the car, you will some warning lights come on, but don’t worry this is normal. It’s just a routine check to show that they’re all functioning. If certain warning lights stay on after 5 seconds of starting the car then there is a problem. Generally red lights mean that there’s a serious problem and you should stop your car as soon as it’s safe to. If it’s critical then it might also flash. Once you’ve stopped in a safe place, it’s time to check your car manual to find out if it’s safe to carry on driving. Amber or yellow lights generally mean that something requires attention when possible or needs servicing. Green and blue lights confirm activation. Such as your main beam headlights are on. In this Ford Fiesta further information is sometimes displayed on this screen. So let’s have a look at what each of the different lights mean. If this one illuminates then it means that you have a malfunction with your anti-lock braking system. The car manual says that you’ll continue to have the normal braking system unless the brake system warning light is also illuminated. Get it checked when possible. When your ignition or engine is on and you’re stationery, you’ll see this light which means the parking brake is on. If you see this light when driving then check that the parking brake isn’t still on. If it isn’t then it indicates low brake fluid or a brake system malfunction. Get your car checked immediately. Driving with this warning light on is dangerous. This will be illuminated when you have cruise control on. These are your left or right directional indicators or the hazard warning lights. They’ll flash when turned on. If the indicators stay on or flash faster than normal then check for a burnt out bulb. You will see this light if the bonnet, boot or any door hasn’t been closed properly. There’s a malfunction if this stays on after starting the engine or when driving. It’s important to stop your car as soon as it’s safe to and switch off your engine. The car manual says to check your coolant level but don’t resume your journey if it illuminates despite having the correct coolant level. Have your car checked by a mechanic immediately. Engine oil warning light. If this comes on when the engine is running or whilst you’re driving then there’s a malfunction. Stop your car as soon as it’s safe to do so and switch off your engine. The car manual says to check your oil level but don’t carry on driving if the oil level is correct and this light is still on. Unfortunately, it’s time to call a mechanic. If either of these lights are on when the engine is running then there’s a malfunction. Your car will continue to run but it may have limited power. If it flashes when you’re driving then slow down as soon as it’s safe to. If it continues to flash the avoid heavy acceleration or deceleration. Have your car checked immediately. If both lights are on together then stop your car as soon as it’s safe. The car manual says to switch the ignition off and try to restart the engine. If the engine restarts then have your car checked immediately. If the engine doesn’t start then you’ll have to call for assistance. If this doesn’t go off or flashes once you’ve started your car then get it checked. This illuminates when the front fog lights are on. You will see this light when the outside temperature is 4 degrees or below. If this light is on then wait until it goes off before starting the car. This illuminates when you have the dipped beam headlights or the side and tail lights on. When you switch the main beam headlights on you will then see this blue light on the dashboard. It will flash when you use the headlight flasher. If you see this light when driving then there’s a malfunction. The manual recommends switching off unnecessary electrical equipment and have your car checked immediately. This light warns you that you have low fuel and to refuel as soon as possible. If you have your rear fog lights on then this will be illuminated. If you haven’t got your seat belt on then you will see this light and it will make a sound to remind you. This informs you that changing to a higher gear may help to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emmisions. It won’t come on during periods of high acceleration, braking or if the clutch is pressed down. In this Ford Fiesta you will see it in the central information display. This flashes when the stability control is operating. If this light stays on continuously while driving then there’s a malfunction. If there is a malfunction then the system switches off and you should have your car checked as soon as possible. This light illuminates if you’ve switched off the stability control. This light will come on when the engine has automatically stopped. It flashes to let you know when the engine needs to restart. You will see this light if one or more tyres are significantly under inflated. Stop your car as soon as it’s safe to do so, check your tyres and inflate them to the correct pressure. Well that’s the end of our video on the dashboard lights of a Ford Fiesta. A lot of cars have similar lights but just make sure that you check in your car manual as there might be some differences. Thanks a lot for watching and don’t forget to subscribe to our channel for our latest videos. Stay safe on the road and see you on the next video!


59 thoughts on “Dashboard Warning Lights And Indicators

  1. Hi, Love your video's I've passed my practical test last month thanks to your helpful videos and having a great instructor! I have recently drove on a motorway for the first time and I was wondering if you could provide any tips or do a video on motorway driving?
    Nikesh

  2. Hi, I've passed my test two weaks ago, it wasn't the cleanest pass, but i got it. It was my second attempt and i had 10 miners, which is the maximum limit in Hungary, so i was kinda lucky. I clearly need more time to get really into it. Your videos helped me a LOT, so thanks for the amazing work! Have a great day everyone! 🙂

  3. Great video! I love your videos so much. I am in Beijing, and I have 6 years driving experince. However I can still benifit from your videos. I realized that I have so much things to learn from your videos. In my country, unlike Europ, gasoline engine cars are much more popular, and my car is also gasoline engine car. Will the glow plug indicator influence the gasoline engine vehicles? To be honest, I didn't notice such indicator on my dashboard , even on user manual.

  4. This was such a helpful video!!! I've recently got my car and have no idea what some of the lights mean mean. I find i retain information more through video as opposed to reading. Thank you!!!!

  5. What advice would you give to someone who's taking their practical test again after failing 3 times? Every time I watch your videos it motivates me but sometimes Intend feel disappointed demotivated. In my last test I only failed because I made one serious mistake but everything else was fine.

  6. hi, can you show us how to defog? I was once driving in winter and I was quite inexperience and turned the heater on, fog appeared less than a min. I tried to switch on the fan(toward the window ) but it's not very effective and took quite a while. another way was to open all the windows and it defogged very quickly. but my question is how can I maintain the heater on and at the same time avoiding fog on window in winter? I'm still a new driver.

  7. Just passed my test (6/4/17) after only just 8 lessons, Watching your videos helped boost my confidence. Many thanks and highly recommended.

  8. Nice video.. I do wonder why there is a light to tell you its cold outside – surely you can guess that one yourself. Mum thought there was a problem with the car, since it was orange.

  9. Hi Chris, could you please do a video on pedestrian/zebra crossings as I feel as though not everyone fully understands them, thanks! 🙂

  10. Hi can you give me any advice to not feel so nervous when driving ive had my test nearly a year and only trying to drive in my car now. Im very scared for town driving incase i stall.
    I own a seat leon ecomotive 2010 and i find the car big for me can you give me any tips on how to judge the front of the car or something like that and how can i do the hillstart without the handbrake😥

  11. can you show how to drive the car by switching on air condition without any problem and also the clutch control on hills and in normal roads when air condition is on.and

  12. sir Make more vidieo of fast driving and emerjency breaking or breaking please please please hope u will make it👍

  13. I had my driving test today, passed first time! World driving has also helped me out through my time.. Thankyou!

  14. Thanks sooo much World Driving and Chris, I have passed my driving test 1st time, amazingggg. Your videos have helped me so much and I just wanted to thank you for your generous help through these awesome videos.

  15. Bit of a weird question but on your driving test, are you allowed to talk or no? Because i find when im talking im not as nervous of a driver but with it being an actual test i didnt know if this would be allowed or if it would be a fail because it could be counted as a distraction.

  16. Hi everyone. I made an app for that this year. Auto Guardian – Vehicle Warning Lights, available in the App Store. Thanks for every download! 🙂

  17. I passed my test first try this morning, and I wanted to say your videos have been absolutely instrumental in helping both my actual test, and driving in general. THANK YOU. Your content is superb and effective.

  18. Keep in mind: If your generator are broken more then 1 warning light might be lit but there might not be a problem with anything but your generator, so have that repaired before anything else. Might be a waste of money

  19. I'm learning to drive from scratch after 6 long months. I was scared to drive but I mustered some strength and now I am back on the road with a new instructor. I was wondering if you can make a video for short drivers who have issues with poor lane discipline as I currently have to rely on coloured stickers to help me drive straight. All of your videos have helped me drive confidently from my side and I didn't require my instructors help except for bends. I'm getting there. 😊

  20. 2:38 I have a BMW and they don't come with these as standard. Is there an alternative, or do I just swear at every other road user instead?

  21. One day I was driving my 2018 Hyundai Sonata and when I backed out my driveway it fucking beeped so loud because the drivers door was still open.

  22. Seems like no one has been watching Chris's videos lately. Let me lighten it up by saying "I got my driving test this Monday" and getting nervous already. And oh, great videos Chris! Please upload some more mock test 🙂

  23. If I am on the highway at late night, and one of those lights that needs immediate attention of mechanic is on. I am wondering where to get mechanic or what to do? I am really new to driving theory.

  24. Why do i feel like when i get my drivers license the car my dad has will probably be missing half of these indicators because all of that satnav radar guided gps cruise control stuff was not invented back then

  25. I quite dislike modern cars. I broke my EGR. Well atleast the car thought so. I felt no difference in driving so i believed that the sensor malfunctioned. And i am pretty sure that was the case. But… At the dealership… New EGR valve 500 and installation fee 400. Fuck me.

  26. Hi I have a serious question, I have bought for a finance a Toyota aygo x cite. Reg 14. But I was only curious yesterday and today regarding this dashboard lights. Well when turn on but not I did not start the engine. Just turn up and all of them stays on? Would it be mean there is something wrong? I just noticed it today. Please let me know. And give me some advice thanks

  27. passed my test a month ago now, still watch your vids as there still so much to learn. thank you for your great content :). quick question to who may of had the same issue, today its 13oC out side, and i had a snowflake light on my dash, engine was cold, and pulling of on a hill, first gear was ok, but as soon as i got 2nd, the car lost alot power, nearly came to a standstill and a car near rear end me. its not a steep hill, as i could normally get 3rd by that time with no issues. currently driving a ford Fiesta MK6 with the 1.4td 07 plate, has anyone else had strange warning lights ? thanks 🙂

  28. Hi Chris. Really loved your videos!!
    I have Vauxahll corsa petrol, I saw the engine light stays on when I put the key in my car but it turns off when I start the engine or while I am driving.
    Can you please help me what does that mean??

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