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A guide to common dashboard indicator lights

Car dashboard with warning lights on

You are driving around Fort Lauderdale, Hialeah, or Miami Beach and one of the lights on your dashboard pops on! But what does it mean? Brickell Luxury Motors is here to give you a breakdown of common dashboard lights and their meaning.

There are a lot of lights on your dashboard that might flash from time to time while in Hollywood or Miami, but do you know what they mean? Most indicate some sort of problem with your vehicle’s operating system, although it generally takes a bit more investigation to find out the extent of the issue.

However, it’s always useful to have a basic understanding of what these lights mean incase it’s something that needs to be dealt with immediately at Brickell Luxury Motors. Not all of these lights are universal, so the only way to know for sure is to consult your owner’s manual. However, this guide will give you a general synopsis of the lights most commonly used by manufacturers.

Check engine light

Check Engine

This means the engine computer has detected some abnormality and logged a Diagnostic Trouble Code that your Porsche, Audi, Mercedes Benz, Ferrari dealer can scan to identify the issue. If your check engine light begins flashing, the issue is serious and you should not attempt to drive your vehicle.

Check battery light


Signals that your car’s voltage has dropped below acceptable levels and is not correctly being charged by your vehicle. Your alternator belt, battery terminals, and battery will all need inspection at Brickell Luxury Motors.

Coolant temperature warning light

Coolant Temperature

Your engine is too hot! You’ll need to look at fans, your radiator cap, check coolant levels, and for leaks.

Transmission Overheating warning light

Transmission Overheating

Your transmission is running hot. Make sure you have adequate transmission fluid and engine coolants.

Oil Pressure Alert light

Oil Pressure Alert

If this remains on, your vehicle is losing oil pressure. Check both oil level and pressure that instant.

Oil Change Reminder light

Oil Change Reminder

This means that your oil life has reached 0% and needs changing. This is determined by your vehicle’s computer based on miles driven and other data.

Schedule Service Soon light

Service Soon

This is an indicator of several possible electrical problems including malfunctioning exterior lights, traction control, or internal communication. It is recommended that you service your vehicle as soon as possible at Brickell Luxury Motors.

Low Tire Pressure warning light

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

There is a tire with low air pressure or a sensor has misfired. Check tire pressure accordingly, and visit your Porsche, Audi, Mercedes Benz, Ferrari dealership if the light cannot be manually reset.

Parking Brake indicator light


This indicates the parking brake is engaged or that something is wrong with your brakes or ABS. Make sure brake fluid levels are correct and the parking brake is completely off. A more complicated issue may require the help of a Brickell Luxury Motors technician.

Reduced Power Warning light

Reduced Power Warning

A broken component has caused your engine’s computer to limit engine output to safe levels to compensate for the issue. Your car’s CPU will likely need scanning at our Porsche, Audi, Mercedes Benz, Ferrari dealership in Miami.

Anti-lock Brakes Warning light

Anti-lock Brakes

An issue with the ABS has triggered the computer and requires a Brickell Luxury Motors technician’s diagnostic.

Gas Cap dashboard light

Gas Cap

Your vehicle’s gas cap is not attached properly. This may also trigger your check engine light.

Cruise control on light

Cruise Control

Indicates your vehicle’s cruise control is engaged.

ESP Fault warning light

ESP Fault

There are issues with your electronic stability system or traction control. Contact a trusted technician at our dealership near Miami Beach, Hollywood, and Fort Lauderdale.

Security System warning light


Your ignition switch is locked and your alarm code will need to be entered to reengage it. If this indicator displays while your vehicle is running, there is a problem with your security system.

Headlight/Tail Light out warning light

Headlight/Taillight Out

An exterior light on your vehicle is not fully working or has gone out.

Traction Control/ESP warning light

Traction Control/ESP

Indicates that traction control is enabled, often lights up on slick roads.

Door Open warning light

Door Ajar

A door or the vehicle’s trunk or hood is not fully shut.

Overdrive/Sport Off light


Your vehicle’s performance mode is engaged.

Airbag Warning light

Airbag Warning

If indicator remains on, a possible airbag malfunction has been detected and logged by your vehicle’s computer. Seek the help of a professional at Brickell Luxury Motors near Miami Beach.

Wiper Fluid Low warning light

Wiper Fluid

Your wiper fluid is low. Check all storage tanks as per your owner’s manual and refill as needed. Doing this proactively keeps you safer on the road in Hialeah .

Glow Plugs still heating indicator light

Glow Plug (Diesel)

Your engine’s glow plugs are engaged and heating. Do not start the engine until this indicator is off.

Exhaust Filter warning light

Exhaust Particulate Filter (Diesel)

There is an issue with your exhaust filter that requires service at Brickell Luxury Motors.

Low exhaust fluid warning light

Exhaust Fluid (Diesel)

Your diesel exhaust fluid levels are low. Locate and refill your reservoir as per your owner’s manual

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