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Toyota warning light guide and when to seek service

What do Toyota dashboard warning lights mean?

We’ve all been there – driving down a road and one of the random lights on our dashboard turns on. While this is bound to happen, it can make us feel a bit unprepared regarding what to do next. If you’ve been wondering what Toyota dashboard warning lights mean, or what to do when they turn on, we have a bit of insight. Read on to learn more!

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Toyota warning light guide

Toyota warning lights can turn on at any given time, and it can be difficult to determine which ones are urgent to take care of. The following lights are in nearly every Toyota model (for specific models, search here):

Toyota warning lights

Now that you know what the indicators look like, we want to fill you in on what they might mean, and if they are urgent. Beginning with the top, left indicator above and moving right, the meanings are as follows:

[bscolumns class=”one_fourth”]ABS Warning: This warning light indicates that either your anti-lock brake system or Brake Assist system is on the fritz! In this case, you’ll want to get to your nearest Toyota service center![/bscolumns][bscolumns class=”one_fourth”]Charging System Warning: This light means that the charging system has malfunctioned – not necessarily that your charge is low. You can check the battery on your own, but the rest should be looked into by a service specialist.[/bscolumns][bscolumns class=”one_fourth”]Cruise Control Indicator: There isn’t much to be worried about here – this light simply means that your cruise control is activated. To turn it off, you can lightly tap the break. If there isn’t cruise control, you won’t see this light.[/bscolumns][bscolumns class=”one_fourth_last”]Electric Power Steering Warning: If this light is on, it means that the power steering has malfunctioned. If you want to have an easy time steering your vehicle, you’ll want to get this checked out as soon as you can.[/bscolumns][bscolumns class=”clear”][/bscolumns]

[bscolumns class=”one_fourth”]Headlight High Beam Indicator: This simply means that your high beam lights have been switched on. If this indicator is active, you’ll want to watch for cars coming toward you and switch your brights off.[/bscolumns][bscolumns class=”one_fourth”]Headlight Indicator (U.S.A.): If you see the Headlight Indicator, it means that your lighting system is fully on. This includes your side marker, parking, tail, license plate, instrument panel and headlights are all active.[/bscolumns][bscolumns class=”one_fourth”]Low Engine Oil Pressure: This indicator could be a little more serious than just low oil levels. It could mean that either your bearings are worn or your oil pump is broken. This is something that should be checked immediately. [/bscolumns][bscolumns class=”one_fourth_last”]Low Fuel Warning: If you see this light, you’re going to want to stop for gas – this is not a test! While some Toyotas can go for quite some time without a re-fuel, you’ll want to make sure to stop at a gas station.[/bscolumns][bscolumns class=”clear”][/bscolumns]

[bscolumns class=”one_fourth”]Low Washer Fluid: If you live in an area where there can dirt and debri kicked onto your windshield, you’ll want to pay attention to this light. It means you’re nearly out of washer fluid and need more stat.[/bscolumns][bscolumns class=”one_fourth”]Maintenance Required Warning: This is the light that confuses the most people, as it can mean a number of things. On the mild side, it can mean you need an oil change – if you just had an oil change, you may want to get it checked.[/bscolumns][bscolumns class=”one_fourth”]Security Indicator: This indicator is used to let the driver know that the security system is operating. Once a key is placed in the ignition, the light should switch off. If this isn’t the case, it may be malfunctioning.[/bscolumns][bscolumns class=”one_fourth_last”]Slip Indicator: This light can be useful for safety. It means that the vehicle may be in danger of slipping, or it can mean that the wheels are spinning. Sometimes an intermittent buzzer will sound to indicate the system is working.[/bscolumns][bscolumns class=”clear”][/bscolumns]

[bscolumns class=”one_fourth”]SRS Airbag Indicator: The airbag indicator lets you know whether or not the airbag system is activated for the front passengers. If the seat is filled, it should show that it is ON – if not, it should be OFF.[/bscolumns][bscolumns class=”one_fourth”]SRS Warning Light: If this light is on, it means that the airbag system could be malfunctioning. This can indicate an issue in the entire system, classification system (passenger present or not) or the seat belts.[/bscolumns][bscolumns class=”one_fourth”]Tire Pressure Warning: If the Tire Pressure Warning light comes on, it usually indicates that the pressure in your tire is low. This means that it’s time to visit the local air pump to fill – be sure to check your manual for proper filling.[/bscolumns][bscolumns class=”one_fourth_last”]TRAC OFF Indicator: The TRAC system can often reduce power from the engine to the wheels in unfavorable conditions (snow, mud, etc.). If this happens, you may need to turn off the system to wiggle free.[/bscolumns][bscolumns class=”clear”][/bscolumns]

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