Category Archive: Symbols & Tell-tales

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

The Brake Pedal Symbol Conundrum

Step on the Brake

Scenario: You drive a push-button start car. You step on the brake and push the button, but the vehicle doesn’t start. You may or may not notice that your instrument panel says that the car does not detect your key. Even if you do see the message (or a Key Not Detected symbol like the …

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GM Taking The Check Engine Light To The Next Level

Autoblog is reporting that General Motors is looking into taking the Check Engine Light, and hopefully all auto warning lights, to a new, predictive level. It will evidently take OnStar to make it happen, but there are similar options available to all car companies. At a recent media luncheon, Mark Reuss, GM’s executive vice president of …

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Forward Alert and AVSM Indicator Symbols

Forward Alert Indicator

This is a Forward Alert Indicator symbol. It shows an image of a car inside a triangle for reasons known only to the manufacturer. The technology makes use the Advanced Cruise Control (ACC) radar even when the ACC is not in use to warn if you are on a collision path with another vehicle or even …

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Automatic Speed Limiter Indicator

ASL Indicator Symbol

This is an Automatic Speed Limiter (ASL) Indicator symbol. It illuminates when the Limiter is active. It may also appear in green. The image is that of a broken dial like a speedometer with a marked range indicated by a double-ended arrow. The system uses the cruise control speed adjustment to set a speed limit. The set limit will …

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Seven Things to Know About Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

Its Fall and time once again for your car’s equivalent of Seasonal Affective Disorder, your Tire Pressure Monitoring System or TPMS. If equipped, one of the two TPMS warning indicators shown will soon attempt to get your attention (Drivers most commonly describe the lights as horseshoes with exclamation points or arrows in them but they are actually …

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