Dashboard Indicator Lights


One of the scariest things about owning a vehicle is when a dashboard warning lights shows up. When that happens, most people aren't sure exactly what these lights mean. Is it something that's going to require major repairs or is it just a reminder about some routine maintenance that needs to be performed? The Toyota of Katy service and parts departments are here to help, and they collaborated to create this page in order to provide some insight into the dashboard warning lights that you might encounter the next time you crank up your Toyota.

Indicator Light Colors

The easiest way to tell if the indicator light that came on in your Toyota vehicle requires immediate attention or not is by noticing it's color. The new Toyota models at Toyota of Katy are extremely advanced, and they feature numerous different dashboard warning lights for a wide variety of things. Fortunately not every dashboard warning light means that you need to immediately rush over to our service department to see what sort of repairs are needed, and some of them are nothing more than notifications. Typically, a blue or green dashboard indicator light that comes on in your Toyota is not serious. These are more informational indicator lights that should normally not be any cause for concern. However, if a yellow, orange or red dashboard indicator lights comes on in your Toyota, this is a sign of more serious issues. When you encounter a yellow, orange or red indicator light, we recommend that you bring your vehicle into the Toyota of Katy service department as quickly as possible in order to avoid serious damage.

What Do They Mean?

With so many different dashboard indicator lights on today's vehicles, we realize that it might get a little confusing. Most of the indicator lights that come on in your Toyota should be fairly self-explanatory once you realize what you are looking at. A dripping oil can most likely means that your oil pressure is low and that you should check your oil levels. If the warning light looks like a car battery, then chances are you need to get your battery or alternator checked. If you see an indicator that looks like your gas cap, check to make sure your fuel cap is on all the way. If you run across an indicator light in your Toyota that you're not familiar with, you can check your owners manual or come by our service department to find out exactly what it means. Don't take chances when it comes to the warnings your Toyota gives you. Bring your vehicle over to the Toyota of Katy service department and let us make sure that your vehicle is running in top condition.

  
ABS Warning Light
  
Charging System Warning Light
  
Cruise Control Indicator
  
Electric Power Steering
  Headlight Indicator (USA)
 
 High Beam Headlight Indicator 
 Indicates a malfunction in the ABS or Assisted Brake system. Indicated a malfunction in the vehicle's charging system. Indicates that cruise control has been activated. Indicates a malfunction in the EPS system. Indicates that the side marker, parking, tail, license plate, instrument panel and headlights have been turned on.Indicates that the high beam headlights have been activated. 
 
 Low Engine Oil Pressure Warning Low Fuel Level Warning Light Low Washer Fluid Warning Light Maintenance Reminder  Security Indicator Slip Indicator
 Indicates that the engine oil pressure is too low.Indicates low fuel level.  Indicates a low level of washer fluid. Indicates that maintenance is required according to the driven distance on the maintenance schedule. Starts flashing to indicate the security system is activated. If the vehicle is in danger of slipping or if any of the drive wheels spins, the slip indicator light flashes to indicate that the VSC/TRAC systems are operating. 
 

*NOTE: While these might be some of the most common indicators, they may or may not apply to your vehicle. Please consult your Owner's Manualfor the most accurate information.

These lights turn on when the ENGINE START STOP switch is turned to IGNITION ON mode (vehicles with a Smart Key System) or the engine switch is turned to the ON position (vehicles without a Smart Key System) to indicate that a system check is being performed. They will turn off after the engine is started, or after a few seconds. There may be a malfunction in a system if a light does not come on, or if the lights do not turn off. Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer.