Toyota Dashboard Lights Meanings


Check Engine, ABS, TPMS and More

We’ve all been there: a beautiful drive around Old Saybrook, and suddenly a light begins flickering behind the steering wheel of their Toyota. Check Engine Light? Or is it another seemingly indecipherable icon from the vast array of Toyota dashboard lights? Ultimately, however, it’s no Enigma Code–combined with the innovative Toyota Safety Sense™, each warning light is designed to alert you of any possible issues and their severity, so you have up-to-the-minute information about your car. Learn what each means for your Madison travels with the Westbrook Toyota specialists below.



What to do When one of the Toyota Dashboard Lights Turns On

From the Toyota Check Engine Light to your system indicators, the Toyota dashboard lights aren’t as difficult to decipher as it might first appear. See below for the full guide to your warning lights:

    • ABS Warning Light:  A malfunctioning anti-lock brake system (ABS), or brake assist system, will show up on your dash with circled and lit-up letters ABS. If your brake system is in real trouble, it is essential to visit a certified Toyota service center as soon as possible.


    • Charging System Warning Light: This glowing battery symbol that indicates your Charging System should light up when you start your vehicle, but if on for longer, you may need a new battery. Explore your genuine OEM parts center for a battery replacement after you get your car checked by an expert.


    • Check Engine Light: A lit up Toyota Check Engine light may indicate any number of issues. Most of these are too complex to diagnose for even experienced DIYers. While your Check Engine Light may be due to a loose gas cap, which is easily remedied, it could be a failing serpentine belt, a broken oxygen sensor, or worse. Long term damage is a serious possibility–have your vehicle diagnosed right away.


    • Electric Power Steering Light: This steering wheel paired with an exclamation point may come on if you have low power steering fluid levels, so consult your owner’s manual to check your supply. If within range, consult a specialist as soon as possible.


    • Fuel Warning Light: Simple enough–if this light appears on your dashboard, it’s time to stop for gas.


    • Low Oil Pressure Light: Shaped like a fuel canister with a drop of oil coming out of the end usually indicates an emergency situation. An abrupt or continuous drop in oil pressure can do costly harm to your engine. Pull your vehicle over and check your levels and add oil, but if this doesn’t resolve the issue, visit our service center soon.


    • Low Wiper Fluid Light: A glowing windshield on your dash means you’re low on wiper fluid. While this isn’t an emergency, visibility is crucial to a safe driving experience. Replace your fluid as soon as you get the chance.


    • Maintenance Required Light: Appearing as “MAINT REQD” in most cases, the indicator that lets you know when it’s time for maintenance to get the most from your Clinton commute, like oil changes and tire rotation. It may not light up every time a problem arises.


    • Overheating Warning Light: If you do see this light come on, pull over and wait for your car to cool down. Seeing this more than once means you should have your vehicle looked at by a Toyota-trained and certified technician.


    • Slip Warning Light: If you’re in danger of losing your traction, you’ll see this light, a vehicle icon, and an S-shaped track pattern. This means your systems are working to correct any grip issue that may occur.


    • System Indicators: These simply indicate that a particular system is engaged, such as headlights, cruise control, turn signals, airbags, and more.
    • Tire Pressure Warning Light: This horseshoe-shaped light with an exclamation point in the center means you should exercise extreme caution until you can refill your tires or have them replaced at a local tire center.


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The Toyota experts are standing by with the expertise and training to make your Toyota reach its full potential anywhere your travels take you. Get in touch with Westbrook Toyota today to learn the essential car care tips like how to disinfect a car’s interior to keep you on your way!

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