Toyota Dashboard Warning Lights

Toyota Dashboard Warning Lights

Modern vehicles are complex machines. The average new car has over two dozen computer modules working behind the scenes, a vast network of sensors, and hundreds of electrical wires linking all these components together. This complexity means that there is a lot to go wrong with a car, and when things do, your first indication is often a warning light on the dashboard.

Fortunately, the automotive specialists at Hendrick Toyota Concord are here to help. The following information is a guide to understanding your Toyota dashboard symbols and meanings so you can keep your vehicle running safely and properly.

Toyota Dashboard Lights: Declassified

If you’re in a late model Toyota vehicle, like the new Toyota Camry for instance, there are over fifty computers at work that deliver safety, performance and driver-friendly technologies. When those lights pop up, it’s because it’s your sophisticated Toyota vehicle is telling you exactly what it needs. In other words, your Toyota Camry dashboard lights are much like a toddler, finally having a few words in their vocabulary to tell you what they want. No midnight crying. No mysteries. Keep in mind that when starting your vehicle, ALL DASHBOARD LIGHTS will temporarily illuminate as part of a system check. They’ll drop out within seconds, but it’s time to pay attention when they stay illuminated. Let’s get to the bottom of the dashboard symbols and meanings for your Toyota vehicle:

ABS Warning Light

ABS Warning Light

One of the most common dashboard lights in all vehicles. When it is illuminated, it indicates a malfunction in a sensor, computer, or hydraulic channel. While braking is typically possible, your ABS will not be working correctly (or at all), which may seriously impact your ability to avoid an accident. It’s recommended to seek Toyota’s service immediately.

Red Battery Symbol

Red Battery Symbol

Another alert that requires immediate attention. Your vehicle’s ability to self-charge the battery is compromised, and you may get left stranded. It could indicate a faulty starter/alternator/battery or wiring. You may see dim or flickering headlights prior to this light illuminating.

Speedometer with Arrow

Speedometer with Arrow

This is your cruise control indicator! You have most likely toggled system activation without realizing it. Simply depress the activation button, and the light will extinguish. Yellow means turned on. Green means cruise speed has been selected.

Steering Wheel Paired with !

Steering Wheel Paired with !

This indicates a serious issue with the electronic power steering (EPS) system of your vehicle. It might be an electrical, mechanical, or hydraulic fault, and you might lose control of your car. If you have a new Toyota 4Runner and have recently been off-road, this light can be due to unexpected trail damage. See Toyota service immediately.

Sideways Jellyfish Light

Sideways Jellyfish Light

Always illuminated in blue, this light is harmless. It indicates that your high beams have been switched on, so be sure to turn them off if there is consistent, oncoming traffic.

Oil Can Spout with Drip

Oil Can Spout with Drip

This is your oil pressure warning light. It’s red. You may experience seeing this light in extreme cold, as it takes longer for oil to circulate at the initial start-up. If the light stays on, it indicates a pressure issue and could result from failed seals, internal hydraulic problems, low oil levels, and more. Seek immediate Toyota service. Your new Toyota RAV4 is counting on you!

Old School Gas Pump

Old School Gas Pump

This light indicates a low fuel level. You may see secondary alerts on your GPS system if equipped. While this light isn’t necessarily a serious one, failure to replenish your fuel supply can leave you stranded. As comfortable as the new Toyota Highlander is, you might regret spending a sleepless night alone on the road in the middle of nowhere while waiting for roadside assistance!

Triangle with !

Triangle with !

This is your master warning alert. An audible buzzer sound accompanies it. This alert can indicate a minor or major issue, and it is almost always paired with another warning light of some kind. Depending on the nature of the alert, it’s always best to consult with Toyota service.

Person & Seatbelt Light

Person & Seatbelt Light

This is your seatbelt reminder light. Depending on your year and model, the light might be yellow or red. It will typically flash with an audible alert if you fail to buckle up once in motion. While service isn’t indicated with this light, your safety and the safety of your passengers are.

TRAC OFF

TRAC OFF

This light alerts you to the fact that your TRAC and/or VSC system has been switched off. Your Toyota vehicle is designed to help you stay in control when surfaces are slippery, mainly through limiting transmission and wheel spin. However, if you go off-road, it may be advantageous to shut this system off if conditions require continuous wheel spin, e.g. rocking your vehicle back and forth in drive and reverse to come unstuck.

Car with Lock

Car with Lock

This light is a security check at vehicle start-up and works slightly differently on models with or without a Smart Key System. It will extinguish in either case if security checks are successful, but if it remains illuminated, it might indicate a fault in telematics or your key detection unit. If you experience alarm difficulties, please contact your Toyota dealer.

Car with Squiggly Lines

Car with Squiggly Lines

This is your slip indicator. It almost always alerts you to your traction control system’s activities. You might see it flash after hitting a huge puddle, ice, snow, or mud. While not necessarily a fault, this light is there to let you know your Toyota vehicle is performing as designed and to be aware of low-traction driving.

Car with Squiggly Lines & OFF

Car with Squiggly Lines & OFF

This light is your VSC OFF indicator and pairs with your TRAC OFF light. Flashing indicates correct system functioning and illuminated means that the system is off. As with disabling your TRAC system, you can shut down your VSC system to build momentum to become unstuck.

Seated Passenger with Ball On Lap

Seated Passenger with Ball On Lap

No, this light does not suggest a trip to the beach with a beach ball. It is your SRS warning light, and it indicates an issue with your supplementary restraint system (your airbags). If you see this red light illuminated, you must seek Toyota service immediately.

Round Lamp Shade with ! In Middle

Round Lamp Shade with ! In Middle

This graphic has evolved over time, but it’s actually an image of a tire with low air in it. Your TPMS is at work, ensuring that your tires stay inflated to correct pressure. This warning lamp may indicate your needing air, a leak, or possibly a system error. If this light persists, seek Toyota’s service.

Arrows Pointing Left & Right

Arrows Pointing Left & Right

This light is harmless and indicates that your turn signal system has been activated. Either finish your turn for auto-correction or switch the indicator off at the signal stalk.

And these are just a few of the most common dashboard lights! For a complete list of Toyota dashboard symbols and meanings, we encourage you to take some time and read your owner’s manual. It has a wealth of information, and we always hear from customers who discover functionality in their vehicle that they were previously unaware of. The world of dashboard lights and symbols can be confusing. Especially when you cross over from another brand. Most manufacturers will try to keep a general image consistent with their indicator lights, but you should never expect these symbols to be universal. It is always best to consult your owner’s manual for more information or contact your dealership’s sales department. There is usually a specialist on hand that will make an appointment to teach you about your vehicle’s systems and more.

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