Guide to BMW Warning Lights: What Do They Mean?
BMW is a German car company with a great reputation for high-quality luxury vehicles, but even your 3 Series or X5 might need an unexpected visit to a service center. If you see a warning light pop up on the dash of your BMW, you may need to bring your vehicle in. Read on to find out what your BMW dashboard warning lights mean.
Maintenance BMW Dash Warning Lights: Explained
While the BMW dash warning lights above warrant an immediate trip to the service center, some indicate simple fixes you should do soon (and might even do yourself), including:
Red BMW Warning Lights
Front Safety Belt: When this light is on your dash, it means either the front passenger or the driver needs to secure their safety belt.
Braking System: When this light is on, it indicates a potentially serious problem with the braking system, and you should visit a BMW service center immediately.
Parking Brake: This indicates that your parking brake is engaged. If you’ve disengaged your parking brake and the light is still lit up, you should visit a service center. This light sometimes is just the word BRAKE.
Airbag/Seat Belt Tensioner: When this light is on your dash, it indicates a potential problem with either your airbag(s) or seatbelt tensioner(s). These essential safety features should be inspectd by a professional as soon as possible.
Rear Safety Belt Off: This light indicates that the rear passenger in the particular seat does not have their safety belt on.
Yellow BMW Warning Lights
Antilock Braking System: When this light is on constantly, it indicates that your Brake Assist feature may not be functioning. It may also come on briefly when Brake Assist automatically applies your brakes.
Engine: When this warning light flashes or stays on, you will want to have your vehicle serviced immediately as it means there is an issue with your engine, its emissions, or its components.
Steering System: Your BMW’s steering system has something wrong with it; it may not work properly or power stering may be unavailable.
Dynamic Stability Control Off: This light indicates that Dynamic Stability Control has been deactivated.
Green BMW Warning Lights
Auto Hold: This light indicates that the BMW Auto Hold system is engaged, automatically setting and releasing the brake in stop and go traffic.
High Beam Assistant: This light indicates that you have High Beam Assistant engaged, regulating the headlight beam for optimum illumination.
Fog Lights: This light signifies that you have your front fog lights on.
Lane Departure Warning: When this light is on, it indicates your Lane Departure Warning safety feature is engaged.
Low Beams: This light indicates that you have your headlights (low beams) on.
Parking Lights: When this light is lit up on your dash, it means you have your parking lights on (rather than your low beams or high beams).
Turn Signals: These are your BMW’s turn signal indicators. They’ll start flashing faster than usual if your turn signal bulb needs replacing.
Rear Safety Belt: This light indicates that the rear passenger in the particular seat has their safety belt on.
Blue BMW Warning Lights
High Beams: When this light is lit up on your dashboard, it is telling you that your high beams are on.
Other BMW Warning Lights
- Service Vehicle: If this light is yellow, it means your BMW will be due for service soon. If you BMW becomes overdue for service the light will turn red.
- Light Bulb: If this symbol is lit then one or more external lights are out or experiencing an issue. If, after changing your bulbs, the light is still on, we suggest a visit to a service center.
- Circle with Dotted Lines: This BMW warning light indicates that your brake pads are worn and need replacing. As with the Service Vehicle light, it’s better if this is done sooner rather than later.
- Empty or Low Fuel: When this symbol illuminates you have approximately 30 miles before you completely run out. Stop by you Decatur gas station for a fill-up and driving too long with this light on could damage your fuel system.
- Oil Can: This symbol means your vehicle is low on oil. While it will also mean you’re likely due for an oil change, there could be more serious problems. When you choose BMW of Bloomington for your oil change, we’ll ensure your vehicle’s oil and lubrication system is in top shape in addition to replacing the oil and filter.
- Thermometer: Your engine is getting too hot and potentially overheating; this can be both dangerous and damaging to your engine. If you aren’t near a BMW service center, we recommend stopping your vehicle to let your engine cool down and then visiting us as soon as possible.
- Battery: This little rectangle with a + and – on it identifies trouble with your battery, and whatever that trouble may be, you’ll want it inspected by a professional.
- Exclamation Mark in Circle: If this light shows up on your dash, it can indicate either that your brake fluid is low (red) or that your hill assist feature isn’t working (yellow). Either one warrants an inspection to fix. If you see any of these on your BMW X5, remember that dashboard warning symbols are no joke and to have your vehicle promptly looked at.
Complete Your Service Needs at BMW of Bloomington
If you need assistance addressing your BMW warning light, schedule service with the certified technicians at BMW of Bloomington. Remember to always check your owner’s manual if you’re unsure of a warning light — after all, the BMW X5 dashboard warning lights may not be exactly the same as the X7 or the 5 Series. If you have any additional questions about your BMW warning lights, contact us today! If you are shopping for a new model, compare your options like the BMW X1 vs. Lexus NX to learn more! Is there a new driver joining the family? Find out how to program their BMW key fob.
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