Category: Symbols & Tell-tales

DashboardSymbols.com descriptions of the symbols and tell-tales used on automobile and light truck dashboards and instrument panels.

Brake Trouble Lights Explained

This symbol, and the Canadian version below, are Brake Trouble Indicator symbols. They could indicate a serious problem with the brakes, but the light will also be on when the hand, or emergency, brake is engaged. So, if you are sure the hand brake, or emergency, brake is released, bring your vehicle to a stop …

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Differential and Axle Lock Indicator Symbols Explained

These are all Differential Lock Indicator symbols, the first being Center Differential Lock indicators. The option to lock the differential may be available in an all-wheel drive vehicle. Turn it on only if you become stuck in mud or snow, or if you are driving on a loose surface off road at low speeds. A …

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Oil Warning Lights Explained

One of the first idiot lights, the warning light to the far left, featuring an old-school oil can, is the Oil Level or Oil Pressure warning light or symbol. A wavy line below the oil can indicates the oil level is low. Without the wavy line, your engine is telling you that the oil pressure …

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Park Assist Indicator Symbols Explained

These are Park Assist Indicator symbols. The green version will be visible when the system is activated. The manufacturer may refer to this as Intuitive Parking Assistance, Park Distance Control (PDC), etc. If the symbols is yellow/amber, see below! And that’s not all… The system uses ultrasonic sensors on the front and rear to detect …

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Check Gas Cap Indicators Explained

These are Check Gas Cap Indicator symbols. The image symbol, which is really half of a car with an unscrewed gas cap, can look like a water pitcher with a screw or bolt next to it. Why does this matter? Because, if you ignore either of these lights, the Check Engine light will likely come …

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