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Making Sense of Your BMW Warning Lights

Warning light display on a 2020 BMW X5

Even the world’s most painstakingly manufactured automobiles will experience issues on occasion. If you want to be prepared for anything on the roads near El Cajon and Encinitas, you should know how to interpret each of the BMW warning lights–and BMW of San Diego has you covered. Save our guide to the BMW warning light symbols, and you’ll always know when to schedule service.



BMW Dashboard Warning Lights: Color Coding

There is a wide range of BMW dashboard warning lights, and it may be difficult to memorize them all. If you’re looking for a quick trick for interpreting your BMW warning light’s meaning, check out the color!

  • Red and yellow lights generally indicate an issue that requires immediate attention. The fix may not always require a service visit, but you’ll still want to respond right away.
  • Blue and green warning lights usually indicate that one or another feature–like your high beams or your lane departure warning–is currently active. No service appointment is needed.

If you’re worried that you need to schedule service, don’t fret. Check out our service specials today, and research our service tips and tricks to see if you can solve the problem at home.

BMW Warning Light Symbols and Meanings

Whether you drive your vehicle every day or you leave it unused for significant amounts of time, it can be distressing when one of your BMW warning lights comes on. Find out what you need to do below:

  • Check Engine Light: You’ll definitely recognize this yellow light, shaped like the outline of an engine. The issue could be minor or major; check the gas cap, and schedule service if you can’t find the issue.
  • Service Vehicle Light: This light, which pictures a car boxed into a trapezoid with the word SERVICE just above it, will light up in yellow when it’s time to schedule service. If it lights up in red, you’re overdue.
  • Oil Change Light: The service vehicle light will tell you when you’re due for an oil change. If you see an oil can dripping fluid, it means that your oil levels are low and you need to add more immediately.
  • Engine Overheating: A thermometer over two waves will appear if your engine is overheating. (You’ll also see a coolant tank if you need to add more coolant.)
  • Safety Belt Warnings: If you see a seated, belted figure, it means that the driver or front passenger needs to buckle up. A seated passenger without a belt indicates that a rear-seated passenger is not secured.
  • Brake Warning Lights: If the letters BRAKE appear in red, you may be dealing with a serious problem with your brake system. If you see the letters ABS in yellow, your Brake Assist feature is either currently active or malfunctioning. If you see the letters PARK, it just means that your parking brake is engaged.
  • Brake Pads Worn: A circle ringed by broken parentheses indicates that your brake pads are nearing the end of their life! Get them replaced as soon as you can.
  • Airbag or Seat-Belt Tensioner: A side-view of a seated, belted passenger with a red circle indicates a problem with your airbags or your seat-belt tensioning system. Schedule service as soon as you can.
  • Steering Issues: If a yellow steering wheel lights up next to an exclamation mark, you’re dealing with a steering system issue. You’ll want to get it checked out sooner rather than later. (Need to unlock your steering wheel? We can help with that too.)
  • Dynamic Stability Control: When this system is on, you’ll see the back of a vehicle over two squiggles that look like backward “S” markings. If you see this symbol with the work OFF beneath it, the Dynamic Stability Control has been deactivated.
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System: Your TPMS light (which looks like an exclamation mark over a comb, ringed by parentheses), will light up in yellow if your tires have low pressure. If it appears in red, one or more tires have just deflated rapidly.
  • Battery Issue: If you see a positive or negative sign next to a small battery box, you’ll want to have a service expert take a look at your BMW car battery.

If you have questions about your BMW dash warning lights, or you’ve noticed BMW warning lights that aren’t mentioned here, feel free to give us a call at (858) 295-3646. We’ll work the problem out quickly, so you can get back to enjoying the time spent in your 3 Series or X5 interior.

Complete Your Service Needs at BMW of San Diego

If you’re anywhere near Chula Vista or Irvine, you’ll want to schedule BMW service right here at BMW of San Diego. We’ll find out exactly what caused your BMW warning lights to come on, and have the issue fixed in a hurry.

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