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At Fredericton Volkswagen we are asked a lot of questions about the many different lights that our vehicles have. The important thing to understand about our warning light system is this.  Volkswagen uses Green, Yellow, and Red to emphasize the importance of what you are seeing. At the intersection, a stop light with a green light means go, yellow is a cause to pay attention, and red means stop driving your vehicle.


Below is a list of all warning lights that you might see on you Volkswagen. Contact us if you have any questions related to a light or anything about your VW. Fredericton Volkswagen is here to help out and it’s our job to keep you running safely. 




Symbol  Warning/Indicator Light   "Warning Message", Error Description 



 Tire pressure monitoring Tire pressure low or system failure
(1x audible warning)



 Shift lock Appears when brake must be applied to shift vehicle into gear 



 Rain sensor malfunction Switch the ignition off and on again, if the light stays on, contact an authorized Volkswagen dealer or Service Facility 



 Yellow solid: Power steering assist reduced
Yellow flashing: Malfunction in the electronic steering column lock
Red Solid: Power steering 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)



 Particulate Filter (diesel engines) Filter blocked with soot
See owner’s manual



• Parking brake is applied (light on)
• ABS malfunction (ABS light on, too)
• Low brake fluid
 • (No warning)
• See owner’s manual
• “Stop! Brake fluid. Stop vehicle.” (Audible warning)
 Oil Pressure Warning Image  Oil pressure warning Stop - no oil pressure, turn engine OFF See owner’s manual (3x audible warning) 
 Low washer fluid image  Washer fluid low Fill with washer fluid
(1x audible warning)
 Low oil image  Oil level low Check oil level
Oil sensor—bring in for service 
 Low fuel image  Low fuel level Please refuel
(1x audible warning)
 license-plate-bulb-failure-image  License plate bulb failure One or more license plate lights burned out 
 immobilizer warning light image  Immobilizer Incorrect Key
Key not adapted to vehicle
 Hybrid-system-malfunction  Hybrid drive system malfunction
Hybrid drive system:
Warning when leaving the vehicle
 Yellow: Hybrid system malfunction. See an authorized Volkswagen dealer or Service Facility Red: Stop the vehicle in a safe place as soon as possible 
 Hood open image  Hood open Stop! Engine hood is open or not closed properly 
 Fuel cap off image  Fuel cap off or missing Fuel cap off or missing 
 ESP image  ESP/ASR Solid: ESP/ASR inactive
Flashing: ESP/ASR event
 EPB malfunction image  • Parking brake system/electric parking brake applied
• ABS/Brake system malfunction
• EPB malfunction
 See owner’s manual 
 Engine malfunction image  Engine malfunction (On-board Diagnostics) Engine emission malfunction—bring in for service 
 Electronic power control image  Electronic Power Control (exhaust gas) Engine malfunction—bring in for service 
 Brake warning light image  Electric parking brake warning light Parking brake error
See owner’s manual
 DSG transmission image  DSG® transmission too hot Stop! Do not continue driving (Allow the transmission to cool with the gear shifter in park position) 
  Daytime running lights image Daytime Running Lights Daytime Running Lights on 
 coolant-level-low-image  Coolant level low
Coolant temperature high
 Stop! Check coolant level
See owner’s manual
(3x audible warning)
 Bulb failure image  Bulb failure Solid: Bulb failure
Flashing: Headlamp leveling or AFS defective
 brake-pad-wear-indicator-image Brake pad wear indicators Check brake pad 
 Brake light bulb image  Brake light bulb failure One or more brake lights burned out 
 Automatic transmission level image  Automatic Transmission malfunction Have the system checked immediately by a Volkswagen authorized dealer or Service Facility 
  Alternator image Alternator low voltage output Charging system failure 
 Service airbag image  Airbag Airbag or belt tensioning system faulty, or passenger airbags deactivated 
 Adblue image  AdBlue® level warning Refill AdBlue® tank or AdBlue® system malfunction 
 Adblue no restart image  AdBlue® no restart warning No engine restart possible
Not enough AdBlue®  or AdBlue® system malfunction
 Adblue system image  AdBlue® system malfunction warning AdBlue®  system malfunction or not filled with standard AdBlue® 
  Service ABS image Antilock Braking System (ABS) malfunction If there is an ABS malfunction, the ABS warning light comes on in combination with the brake warning light 



Some of the most important lights to be aware of when operating your vehicle are the Low fuel light, Check engine light, ESP light (stability control), ABS light, Particulate filter light (for newer TDI Diesel engines), Air bag light or even your glow plug light (TDI). If one of these lights aluminates, what should you do?


Here are some helpful tips to determine whether your vehicle has a major or minor problem. Having spoken with clients in this situation we understand it can be scary driving down the road and all of the sudden a warning light aluminates on the dash.


I have a warning light on what do I do now?


If a light should come on and it’s flashing or red in color it’s important to stop driving your vehicle as soon as safely possible. Chances are it won’t be running very well anyway and by continuing to operate your vehicle you may harm it. If your vehicle is under VW Warranty, call Road Side Assistance at 1-800-411-6688 and they will have you towed to the nearest authorized Volkswagen repair facility.

If a warning light comes on and it’s not flashing you should have your vehicle looked at as soon as possible. However, if your vehicle feels like it’s running normal in most cases its okay to continue to drive your car. The light is on for a reason and in most cases you have a sensor that is picking up a code or signal that is outside of the normal range of operation for your vehicle. Leaving a light unchecked is potentially dangerous to the long term health of your vehicle. 
In either scenario if a light is on, it is time to schedule a service for your car. Our factory trained technicians with their specialty training and diagnostic equipment can easily check and diagnose what the cause is. Most of the time the charge to repair these warning lights is less than you would pay at a non-Volkswagen repair facility. Due to the fact, it normally takes us less time to find the problem. If your Volkswagen is still under factory warranty, or if you have a Certified Pre Owned Volkswagen, with an extended warranty then most of these repairs would be covered at no charge.

What can you do to prevent a light from coming on?


We suggest that you follow the manufactures suggested maintenance.  If you have the oil changed, filters and sparkplugs changed when recommended.  That will help prevent lights from coming on from worn or dirty parts.   At your larger services, the ones that fall on a 30,000 km interval Fredericton Volkswagen scans and checks for fault codes that may be present in your computer that didn’t aluminate a light.  You can find these maintenance schedules in your owner’s manual. We also have pricing pamphlets located at the dealership available for each specific engine.



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