Nissan Dashboard Light Guides
It can happen anywhere. Whether you’re driving on Springhill Avenue or headed down Route 90 on your way to work, you never know when an alert is going to pop up in your Nissan. So, what should you do when it does?
If there’s a light shining bright on your dashboard, the first thing you’ll need to do is figure out what it means. To help you and drivers all over Mobile, Prichard, and Saraland crack the code on what these symbols indicate, the service team at Nissan of Mobile is here with everything you need to know about Nissan dashboard lights.
Common Nissan Dashboard Symbol Meanings
Nissan dashboard lights come in two forms: warning lights and indicator lights.
Here’s a closer look at some of the most common warning lights and indicator lights you can find in your Nissan.
Nissan Dashboard Warning Lights
A warning light is exactly what it is—a warning! As one of the earliest indicators of potential performance problems, keep an eye out for these red or yellow lights. Make sure your car is getting the maintenance it needs to keep you safe and on your way.
- Anti-locking Brake System (ABS) Warning Light: If you’re driving to work and suddenly see the letters “ABS” either inside a circle or by themselves, your Anti-lock brakes may be malfunctioning.
- Brake Warning Light: The warning light for your brakes can appear in one of two ways. First, it can pop up as the word “BRAKE.” It could also appear as an exclamation point inside a circle, surrounded by a pair of parentheses. Usually, you’ll see the brake warning light activate when the parking brake is engaged. You’ll also see it whenever your car is low on brake fluid.
- Charge Warning Light: Shaped like a car battery, this dashboard symbol lets you know when the charging system isn’t working correctly.
- Engine Oil Pressure Warning Light: When oil pressure is too low, you’ll see a symbol that looks like a dripping oil can shining from your dashboard.
- Low Tire Pressure Warning Light: Your Nissan needs a well-inflated set of tires to provide the grip and stability you need in any terrain. If one or more of your tires is underinflated, you’ll see what looks like an exclamation point inside a tire light up on your dashboard.
- Master Warning Light: If you’re driving with a loose fuel cap, an open trunk or door, or low fuel levels, you’ll see the Master Warning Light come on. The Master warning light is an exclamation point inside of a triangle.
Think of indicator lights as little heads-up symbols that let you know when a feature is in use. Some indicator lights can also help you remember to buckle up, shut the doors, and slow down to keep you safe.
- All-Wheel Drive (AWD) LOCK Indicator: Drive a Rogue? You may see this light, which says, “AWD LOCK.” It lets you know when you’ve selected the AWD LOCK feature for capable handling on rough roads.
- High Beam Assist Indicator: If your Nissan comes with the innovative High Beam Assist safety feature, you may see a green light that looks like an illuminated headlight with the letter A inside. It comes on whenever it automatically switches from high to low beams.
- Hill Descent Control Indicator: Available for Nissan trucks and SUVs, the Hill Descent Control system adds peace of mind and control when going downhill. Its indicator light, which looks like a car going down a hill, comes on when the system is on. If it blinks, the system may be disabled. If it doesn’t come on at all when you activate the feature, you may have a malfunction on your hands.
- Malfunction Indicator: This Nissan dashboard light looks like an engine. If it’s blinking, there could be an issue with the emission control system under the hood. A steady light indicates that your fuel cap may be loose or missing.
- Slip Indicator: Did a bit of rain make your commute a little slippery? If so, you probably saw the Slip Indicator Light blink. It looks like a car slipping on the road and lets you know that the Vehicle Dynamic Control system is working to maintain traction and stability.
- TOW Mode ON Indicator: If you drive a TITAN and see the word “TOW” pop up on the dashboard, it means that the tow mode feature is up and running.
Nissan Dashboard Light Guides
A basic understanding of the most common Nissan warning and indicator lights makes it easy to pinpoint any issues occurring under the hood, but what if you run into a light that’s not listed above? You can consult our detailed Nissan dashboard light guides, of course!
Every article will cover all the most important lights for your specific Nissan, as well as feature-specific indicators and warning lights to help you understand exactly what your car is trying to tell you. The more you get to know each symbol, the easier it’ll be to know what to do when it does pop up on your dashboard!
Plus, like our list of common Nissan dashboard symbols above, our in-depth guides don’t just cover what the icon means and what you need to do if it does appear. You’ll learn what it looks like, too, so you can identify that unknown light that’s shining on your dash.
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A dashboard light can appear at any time. So, if one pops up when you’re driving around Mobile, Saraland, and Prichard, consult our guides to find out what your car needs to drive off into the sunset safely and efficiently.
Is your car’s active dashboard light telling you it needs service? The team at Nissan of Mobile can help! Contact us to schedule your service appointment and learn about Nissan dashboard lights today.