Category: Symbols & Tell-tales

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

Start/Stop System Function and Trouble Indicators 2

These are Start/Stop Trouble Indicator symbols. The picture symbol, an exclamation point in a circular arrow, is used in Canada and overseas. U.S. models use the text version. Despite the term “Starter System”, it does not indicate a bad starter motor, but rather a problem with the Start/Stop system. So here’s the deal: The circle …

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Diesel Particulate Filter Warning Symbols in Total

These are variants of Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) Warning symbol indicators. The light will be green during DPF regeneration. A yellow/amber light means that regeneration is needed, which is done automatically while driving. A manual regeneration procedure may also be available. A red light indicates that the DPF requires regeneration immediately. The check engine or …

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Keyless Ignition Detection Indicator Symbols 2

A number of picture symbols are used to indicate the presence of an electronic key in a push button or, ironically, keyless start, or keyless ignition, vehicle. These systems will allow a vehicle to be started only when an electronic key is present in, and detected by, the vehicle. The flashing red Electronic Key symbol …

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Tire Pressure Monitoring System Indicators 2

This is the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) or Tire Pressure Monitor (TPM) warning light symbol. It is also used as Flat Tire Monitor (FTM), which seems redundant. The tell-tale comes on when the inflation on one of the tires is reduced about 25% or more. In most cases, that will be about eight pounds. …

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Check Engine Light Symbols 2

These are all versions of the dreaded Check Engine symbols, some of the oldest and easily the most common and recognizable of the symbols that you may see. The word “Check” may appear inside the image, or below, or not at all. The main image is that of an older style engine seen from the …

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