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BMW Warning Lights - Meaning Deciphered

Blue BMW

So, you’re driving through Redwood City, and suddenly there is a flash from one of your BMW warning lights, meaning there may be an issue that needs your attention. But what specifically do those BMW dashboard warning lights mean? Is it safe to ignore BMW dash warning lights? Let’s talk about what each of those BMW warning light symbols mean.

Red BMW Dashboard Warning Lights

If one of the red BMW dashboard warning lights comes on, there is an issue that needs immediate attention.
Front Safety Belt – driver or front passenger needs to fasten their seatbelt.Braking System – the brakes need service. Schedule an appointment with our service center near San Francisco right away.
Parking Brake – the parking brake is on.
Airbag/Seat Belt Tensioner – there is an issue with the airbag system or seat belt tensioner. Schedule an appointment.
Rear Safety Belt Off – A rear passenger is not wearing their seatbelt

Yellow BMW Dash Warning Lights

Most issues indicated by yellow BMW dash warning lights should be addressed by a technician soon.

Antilock Braking System – there is either an issue with your brake assist system or the brake assist system automatically activated.

Engine – there is an issue with your engine, emissions, or components. Schedule service.

Steering System – there is an issue with your power steering system.

Tire Pressure Monitor – a tire is underinflated. A yellow light means it’s underinflated by 10%. Red means it has rapidly underinflated.

Dynamic Stability Control Off – the Dynamic Stability Control has been deactivated.

Dynamic Stability Control – there might be a problem with Dynamic Stability Control. It should come on whenever DSC is engaged, as well.

Green BMW Warning Light Symbols

These green BMW warning light symbols will light up just to let you know that a specific feature has been engaged.

Auto Hold – the BMW Auto Hold system is engaged, automatically setting and releasing the brake in stop and go traffic.

High Beam Assistant – the High Beam Assistant has engaged, regulating the headlight beam for optimum illumination.

Fog Lights – the front fog lights are on.

Lane Departure Warning – the Lane Departure Warning safety feature is engaged.

Low Beams – the headlights (low beams) are on.

Parking Lights – the parking lights are on.

Turn Signals – turn signal indicators. They’ll start flashing faster than usual if your turn signal bulb needs replacing.

Rear Safety Belt – a rear passenger has their safety belt on.

Other BMW Warning Lights Meaning Explained

Here are some other BMW warning lights. Meaning may vary, based on the color of the light.

High Beams – headlights have switched from low to high.

Cruise Control – the cruise control is working as it should.

Check Control – an issue with one of many different components. Schedule service to diagnose.

Service Vehicle – A yellow Service Vehicle light means you’re due for service. If it turns red, you’re overdue!

Light Bulb – a problem with one or more of your exterior lights. Pick up fresh ones at our Parts Department.

Circle with Dotted Lines – the brake pads are nearing expiration. Schedule service.

Empty or Low Fuel – there is about 30 miles’ worth of fuel left in the tank.

Oil Can – the car is due for an oil change or there is a more serious problem with your oil.

Thermometer – the engine is at risk of overheating. In most cases, you should pull over and have the vehicle towed to our Service Center.

Battery – this is a small rectangle with + and – symbols on it. It indicates an issue with the battery.

Exclamation Mark in Circle – the brake fluid is low or the hill assist feature isn’t working. Schedule service.

Trust Your Car to the Experts at Peter Pan BMW of San Mateo

Our knowledgeable technicians know exactly what each BMW warning light means and what to do about it. Make sure to check out our service coupons. We’re just a short drive away from Burlingame, drop by or contact us today!

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