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Guide to BMW Warning Lights: What Do They Mean?

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Your BMW warning lights alert you to systems in need of attention, but with so many symbols, you may not be sure what they all mean. If your X5 or 3 Series has a warning light flashing, it may be time for BMW service in Mamaroneck. Let’s learn more!

BMW Dash Warning Lights: Meaning

BMW dashboard warning lights are designed to signal service needs when issues arise. Some warning lights signal simple fixes, such as when it’s time to change your oil, or bigger problems such as engine overheating. Whether the warning is easy or more complicated to fix, all warning light symbols should be taken seriously and addressed as soon as possible.

Here is your guide to BMW warning light symbols:

  • Empty or Low Fuel: Once this symbol illuminates, you have approximately 30 miles before you run out of gas in Harrison. Driving on low fuel can damage your system, so be sure to fill-up well before you run out.
  • Tire Pressure Monitor: Checking your BMW tire pressure is important for optimal performance. A yellow light means the tire pressure is down by about 10%, while a red light means the tire has deflated rapidly.
  • Oil Can: If you’re not sure how often to change your oil, this symbol will alert you to when it’s time for oil change service near Mamaroneck.
  • Light Bulb: This symbol means one or more external lights are out or experiencing an issue. If this light remains lit after changing bulbs, we suggest a visit to a service center.
  • Thermometer: Your engine is getting too hot and potentially overheating, which is both dangerous and damaging to your engine. If you aren’t near a BMW service center, we recommend stopping your vehicle to let your engine cool down and then visiting us as soon as possible.
  • Engine: This warning light may be one of the most crucial, as it signifies an issue with your engine or one of its components. Schedule service immediately to find the specific problem.
  • Dynamic Stability Control: This light simply means your traction control system is engaged and isn’t something to worry about.
  • Service Vehicle: A yellow light means your BMW will be due for service soon, but red means you are overdue.

BMW Warning Lights By Color

You’ll also see that your car will have auto service indicators in various colors with red BMW warning lights, orange BMW warning lights, and more. You may even see an orange exclamation mark on the dashboard so you can best manage your tire pressure and maintain a stable ride. See more of the various BMW warning lights by color below:

Red Warning Lights

  • Front Safety Belt: Have you seen this symbol flashing on your dashboard,? If so, it is a reminder that the driver or passenger needs to buckle their seatbelt.
  • Braking System: There could be a potential braking system issue. You will need to bring your BMW to the service department. Our service center technicians at Motorwerks BMW can diagnose and repair your BMW.
  • Parking Brake: Whether you see the words “brake” or “park” either means that your parking brake is on. If you release your parking brake, but the symbol does not turn off, you should make a service appointment.
  • Airbag/Seat Belt Tensioner: This BMW dashboard warning light means that your airbag(s) or seat belt(s) could be in jeopardy. Your BMW should be seen by a professional to sort out the issue.
  • Rear Safety Belt Off: A symbol of a single person indicates that the passenger in that seat is not wearing their seat belt.

Yellow Warning Lights

  • Antilock Braking System: The ABS symbol means that your brake assist feature may not be working. The symbol also lights up when the Brake Assist applies automatically.
  • Engine: If the engine light comes on, your BMW vehicle needs immediate attention. The symbol means there is an issue with your engine, its emissions, or its components.
  • Steering System: A steering wheel with an exclamation mark means there is an issue with your steering system. It could also mean that power steering is unavailable.
  • Tire Pressure Monitor: The pictured symbol can show in yellow or red. If the symbol shows in yellow, it means that your tire pressure is down by about 10 percent. If the symbol shows in red, it means that a tire has deflated rapidly and you may need to change it.
  • Dynamic Stability Control Off: When this symbol shows, it means that the Dynamic Stability Control is off.
  • Dynamic Stability Control: If this symbol constantly shows, it means that the DBS has a problem.

Green Warning Lights

  • Auto Hold: This light shows that the BMW Auto Hold system is on. Your vehicle will automatically start and stop with a full stop.
  • High Beam Assistant: Your high beams or optimum illumination is being regulated.
  • Fog Lights: Your fog lights are on when this symbol shows on your dashboard.
  • Lane Departure Warning: A symbol that indicates that your Lane Departure Warning safety feature is active.
  • Low Beams: Your low beam headlights are turned on.
  • Parking Lights: Your parking lights are on when you see this symbol on your dashboard.
  • Turn Signals: Two arrows (one right, one left) means that your turn signal is on. If the symbol increases in speed, it means that the tail light bulb needs replacing.

Complete Your Service Needs at BMW of Mamaroneck

Now that you know more about what your BMW warning lights mean, it’s time to schedule service at BMW of Mamaroneck! No matter which warning light you’re dealing with, we have a wide variety of service specials to make your visit even more affordable on a slew of services, including battery replacement. Contact us today for all your service questions and needs!

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