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What's the light on your dash mean?

Car Dashboard with Warnign Lights

Your Nissan automobile is equipped with the latest in transportation safety features as well as a complex system of computers that continuously checks your vehicle for any potential dangers you should be aware of. Anytime there is a condition that falls outside the safe operating range for that particular system, a warning light will appear on your dashboard display.

Has a warning light illuminated on the dashboard of your used Nissan sedan, truck, or crossover? Sometimes this can be a warning sign that can end up costing you money on various service repairs. But don’t worry, most of the time, it’s merely a feature of your vehicle turning on and off. How do you know which is which? It’s a good idea to know beforehand which lights will require a greater urgency.

That’s where we come in. Our Woody Folsom Nissan Service Department has created a guide to some of the more common warning lights below. Make sure you familiarize yourself with each so that when one of these illuminates, you’ll know what it is and how to respond.

Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) Warning Light Icon

Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) Warning Light

Every time you turn on your Nissan Sentra or Kicks, the ABS warning light illuminates and then turns off. This is normal, as it indicates the ABS is working. If the ABS warning light illuminates while the engine is running or while driving, it is probably an indicator that the ABS is not functioning properly. When this happens, you should immediately have the system checked. While it won’t prevent you from driving, the ABS is an important safety system you don’t want to be without. It is recommended that you schedule service with our service team in Vidalia, GA as soon as possible.

Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) System Warning Light

Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) System Warning Light Icon

Similar to when the Anti-Lock Braking System, this light will come on when you turn the car ON. This light illuminates when the AEB system is set to OFF on the meter display. If the light illuminates when you are driving your car, it may indicate that the system is unavailable.


Brake Warning Light

Brake Warning Light Icon

The Brake Warning Light functions for both the parking brake and the foot brake systems.

Parking Brake Indicator

When the ignition switch is placed in the ON position, the light comes on when the parking brake is applied.

Low Brake Fluid Warning Light

When you turn ON your car, the warning light will indicate a low brake fluid level. If this light ever comes on while your vehicle is running, pull over and perform the following:

  1. Check your Nissan’s brake fluid level and add fluid if necessary.
  2. If your brake fluid is correct, have the brake systems checked at our local Woody Folsom Nissan.

Battery Warning Light

Battery Warning Light Icon

If this light comes on while your car is running, it may indicate that your battery system is not functioning properly. Turn the engine of your Nissan vehicle OFF and check your generator belt. If the belt is loose, broken, missing, or if that light remains ON, have your system checked by one of our expert service technicians.

Low Tire Pressure Warning Light

Most newer vehicles come equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System that will analyze the tire pressure of all tires - excluding the spare. The tire pressure warning light is here to warn you if your tires have low pressure, which will result in one of your tires being flat and requiring air. It is recommended that you pull over and fill up your tires with air or replace your low-pressure tire with the spare. If there is a problem with the tire - such as a puncture with a nail - bring it by our service team for a repair or a new set of tires.

Master Warning Light

If your master warning light turns ON, it is trying to warn you of one of the following issues:

  • No Key Warning
  • Low Fuel Warning
  • Low Windshield-Washer Fluid Warning
  • Parking Brake Release Warning
  • Door/Trunk Open Warning
  • Loose Fuel Cap
  • Check Tire Pressure Warning

Power Steering Warning Light

If the power steering warning light illuminates while your engine is running, it is an indication that the electric power steering system is not running correctly and will need service. Tell your service technician to test the hydraulic pump electric power steering system first. Make sure you bring your vehicle to Nissan experts at Woody Folsom Nissan for a completed test today.

Seat Belt Warning Light And Chime

It is always important to drive with your seatbelt on. When you don’t, this warning light will illuminate - and will remain on - until you fasten your seatbelt. At the same time, you will hear a chime that will sound for about six seconds, acting as a warning to alert you of the unfasten seatbelt. The seat belt light may also alert you if your vehicle’s front passenger’s seat is occupied, and the seat belt is not fastened.

Supplemental Airbag Warning Light

If the Supplemental Air Bag Warning Light comes on while you are operating your sedan, truck, or SUV, it means that the front airbag, side airbag, curtain airbag, and pretension systems need servicing and should be brought back to our maintenance center. Be on the lookout for one of these airbag issues.

  • The supplemental airbag warning light remains on after approximately seven seconds.
  • The supplemental airbag warning lights flash intermittently.
  • The supplemental airbag warning light does not come on at all.
  • Unless checked and repaired, the supplemental restraint system may not function properly.

Front Fog Indicator Light

The Front Fog Light Indicator Light will only come on when you turn the fog lights on.


High Beam Indicator Light (Blue)

High Beam Indicator Light Icon

This blue luminescent light will only come on when your vehicle’s headlight high beams are ON. It will only go out when you turn OFF your high beams. The high beam indicator light also comes on when your passing signal is activated.

Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL)

If this indicator light ever comes on steadily or blinks while the engine is running, it is an indicator that you may have a potential emission control malfunction. But this isn’t always a big problem as the MIL will illuminate if your fuel-filler cap is loose or missing, or if the vehicle runs out of fuel. If you find that your check engine light has clarified on the dash, check to make sure that the fuel-filler cap is installed and firmly tightened and that your car has at least 3 gallons of fuel in your tank. After a few trips, the light should turn OFF if no other potential emission malfunction exists.

If you see this MIL start to blink while you are driving, your computer system has detected an engine misfire. This is serious as it could damage the emission control system. To reduce or avoid emission control system damage:

  • Do not drive at speeds above 45 mph.
  • Avoid hard acceleration or deceleration.
  • Avoid steep uphill grades.
  • Reduce the amount of cargo being hauled or towed.

Engine Oil Pressure Warning Light 

Engine Oil Pressure Warning Light Icon

This is an indicator that your engine has lost normal oil pressure. If you see this light come on, stop driving immediately and turn your engine off. You can severely damage your engine if your oil pressure is low or at zero.

Temperature Light

When your vehicle’s temperature light comes on, it lets you know that your engine is overheating and running too hot. An engine should never overheat if the cooling system is working correctly. This could be the indicator of a faulty cooling system, or you may just need a refill on coolant. Visit our Woody Folsom Nissan dealership is to find out.

Security Indicator Light

Whenever the Security Indicator Light blinks, it means that the ignition switch is placed in the OFF, LOCK, or ACC position. If the Security Indicator Light starts blinking, it could mean that the security system is not functioning correctly. Visit our service team for a quick fix.

Turn Signal/Hazard Indicator Light

These essential lights will flash when the turn signal switch is activated and indicate that you are making a turn. Both lights will flash when you turn the hazard switch ON. The Hazards Indicators alert the other drivers on the road that you have an issue and to stay clear of your vehicle.

Vehicle Dynamic Control Indicator Light

When it comes to the Vehicle Dynamic Control Indicator Light, this will only illuminate when you turn the Slip Control System off. Push the VDC system again to restart the system and allow it to operate normally. This light will always illuminate when you turn your vehicle on, and will usually turn off in about two seconds. If the light stays ON after you start up the car, it is an indicator that there is a problem with your VDC system. While it is not essential for driving, it is recommended that you schedule your service with us at Woody Folsom Nissan.

Scheduling Service With Us At Woody Folsom Nissan

We understand that when a light illuminates on your dash, it can be a nerve raking time. Make sure you visit our team at Woody Folsom Nissan to find expect vehicle service with our friendly maintenance team.

Here at Woody Folsom Nissan, we offer local drivers expert service on all vehicles that enter our garage. When you visit our certified team of Nissan experts, you can expect to find knowledgeable technicians as well as complimentary amenities in our office. While you wait for your car to be maintained at our garage, enjoy complimentary coffee, Wi-Fi, snacks, express services, and a charging station. So take the time to book an appointment on our website to get started.

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