Volkswagen Passat Dashboard Symbols

2018 VW Passat Dashboard Lights

If you’re driving around Lee’s Summit, North Town, Overland Park, Mission, or Olathe and see an unfamiliar dashboard light come on, you may be wondering if it’s a serious concern for the health of your vehicle. While some lights are there to warn you about system malfunctions, others are only there to indicate a system is active and functioning, so it’s important to know the difference.

To help our local drivers, the team at Volkswagen Lee’s Summit put together this Volkswagen Passat dashboard symbols guide that shows you the most common lights and symbols you’ll find on your vehicle.

Anti-Lock Braking System

Your anti-lock braking system light appears as “ABS” and indicates a problem with your anti-lock braking system. There are several things that could be faulty with this system, so it’s important to have it inspected to ensure you have the stopping power you need.

Automatic Transmission

ABS Dashboard LightYour automatic transmission light looks like a gear with an exclamation point inside it. If it comes on, it could mean there’s a problem with your automatic transmission, so it’s vital that you visit a service center as soon as possible to have it inspected.

Coolant Level

Your coolant level light looks like a thermometer in liquid and monitors your coolant level and function. If it’s lit up, your engine coolant level is too low or too high, or there’s a malfunction in the system. If it flashes, it means there’s a malfunction in the system that needs attention from a service technician.

Power Steering

Your power steering light looks like a steering wheel and has a variety of behaviors to indicate an issue. If it’s a solid yellow, your power steering function isn’t operating at full capacity. If it’s yellow and flashing, there could be a malfunction within the electronic steering column lock. If it’s solid red, your power steering assist feature failed. If it’s red and flashing, there’s a serious malfunction in the electronic steering column lock. When these occur, it’s important to visit a service station as soon as possible and have your vehicle inspected.

Check Engine

Check Engine Dashboard LightYour check engine light looks like the outline of an engine and relates to many potential issues with your engine. It could indicate a loose fuel cap, a faulty O2 sensor, catalytic converter failure, faulty spark plug wires, and a variety of other problems. If this light comes on, it’s best to visit a service center and have your engine checked by a qualified service technician. With such a range of issues, it’s better not to take a chance on driving with a serious problem.

Oil Level

Your oil level light looks like an old-fashioned oil lamp with a wavy line beneath it. If it lights up, it could mean your engine oil level is too low, but if it flashes, it could mean there’s a malfunction within the oil system. Since oil is vital to the health of your engine, it’s best to visit a service center as soon as possible.

Learn More About Your Volkswagen Passat Dashboard Symbols

We hope our Volkswagen Passat dashboard symbols guide gives you a little more insight into this vital safety feature, but if you still have questions, the team at Volkswagen Lee’s Summit can help. We’re located in Lee’s Summit and just a short distance from North Town, Overland Park, Mission, and Olathe, so call or stop by our service center today to schedule your service appointment!