Handy Guide To What Your Warning Light Means

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, stop your engine, and call for assistance. 

Here are the possible warning lights you may experience with your Volkswagen and what they mean. *If you have any concerns, call your Service Department immediately. If you're seeing a warning indicator light on your dashboard, click the button to schedule an appointment with one of our trained professionals today.


Symbol Warning / Indicator Light Description / Instructions
Airbag Airbag or belt tensioning system faulty, or passenger airbags deactivated.
Antilock Braking System (ABS) Malfunction If there is an ABS malfunction, the ABS warning light comes on in combination with the brake warning light.
Brake Pad Wear Indicator Check brake pads.
  • Parking brake is applied (light on)
  • ABS malfunction (ABS light is also on)
  • Low brake fluid
  • (No Warning)
  • See owner's manual
  • "Stop! Brake fluid.
  • Stop vehicle." (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.
Particulate Filter (diesel engines) Filter blocked with soot. See owner's manual.
AdBlue Level Warning Refill AdBlue tank or AdBlue system malfunction.
AdBlue No Restart Warning No engine restart possible. Not enough AdBlue or AdBlue system malfunction.
AdBlue System Malfunction Warning AdBlue system malfunction or not filled with standard AdBlue.
Electronic Power Control (exhaust gas) Engine malfunction - bring in for service.
Oil Pressure Warning "Stop - no oil pressure, turn engine OFF. See owner's manual." (3x audible warning).
Yellow solid: Power steering assist reduced Yellow flashing: Malfunction in the electronic steering column lock Red solid: Power assist failure Red flashing: Malfunction in the electronic steering column lock. 1x audible warning "Stop the vehicle and do not continue to drive." (3x audible warning).
  • Parking brake system/electric parking brake applied
  • ABS/Brake system malfunction
  • EPB malfunction
See owner's manual.
Electric Parking Brake Warning Light Parking brake error - see owner's manual.
ESP/ASR Solid: ESP/ASR inactive Flashing: ESP/ASR event.
Bulb failure Solid: Bulb failure Flashing: Headlamp leveling or AFS defective.
Hood Open Stop! Engine hood is open or not closed properly.
License Plate Bulb Failure One or more license plate lights burned out.
Brake Light Bulb Failure One or more brake lights burned out.
Low Fuel Level "Please refuel"(1x audible warning).
Coolant Level Low ; Coolant Temperature High "Stop! Check coolant level. See owner's manual."(3x audible warning).
Alternator Low Voltage Output Charging system failure.
Engine Malfunction (on-board diagnostics) Engine emission malfunction - bring in for service.
Fuel Cap Off or Missing Fuel cap off or missing.
Oil Level Low Check oil level Oil sensor - bring in for service.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System "Tire pressure low or system failure"(1x audible warning).
Shift Lock Appears when brake must be applied to shift vehicle into gear.
DSG Transmission Too Hot Stop! Do not continue driving (Allow the transmission to cool with the gear shifter in park position).
Automatic Transmission Malfunction Contact the Walker Volkswagen Service Department immediately to have your system checked.
Daytime Running Lights Daytime running lights on.
Washer Fluid Low "Fill with washer fluid"(1x audible warning).
Rain Sensor Malfunction Switch the ignition off and on again, if the light stays on, contact our Walker Volkswagen Service Department.
Immobilizer Incorrect key. Key not adapted to vehicle.
Hybrid Drive System Malfunction; Hybrid Drive System: Warning when leaving the vehicle. Yellow: Hybrid system malfunction. See Walker Volkswagen Service Department Red: Stop the vehicle in a safe place as soon as possible.