BMW dashboard symbols: What are they telling you?

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You’re not sure what the dashboard light on your BMW is telling you? You don’t know what to do with the different colors of the lights? 

Although the BMW dashboard symbols may vary in different models, they still have one thing in common – the colors. Indeed, the color of the symbol indicates the level of severity of the issue.

In this article, we will get to know most of the dashboard symbols on a BMW vehicle. Find out more to understand their messages and what you should do when they show up.

BMW dashboard lights’ colors

BMW dashboard symbols
Whenever a symbol lights up on your BMW dashboard, it means that there would be an issue with your vehicle. Keep reading to understand the meaning of the dashboard lights to know what to do when they show up.

When your BMW detects an issue, it tries to communicate with you by illuminating the warning light on the dashboard. Thus, based on the colors, you can easily find out what’s wrong with your car and come up with a solution.

Here are some common BMW dashboard light colors.

  • Red – Indicates a warning that requires immediate attention.
  • Orange and Yellow – Communicates a warning that is not critical but requires attention as soon as possible.
  • Other colors such as White, Blue and Green – Designates the BMW features or technology that is currently active.
  • Flashing warning lights inform you of an urgent issue

You shouldn’t take the BMW dashboard warning lights lightly. It’s essential to make yourself familiar with them. Look for their signs and meanings in your Owner’s Handbook in case you’re not sure.

Red warning lights

red warning lights on BMW dashboard
Red warning lights on the BMW dashboard indicate an issue that requires immediate attention. In this case, you should stop everything and reach the nearest mechanic for a check-up.
Dashboard warning lightCheck Control message

Message in Central Information Display
Ignition problems!The engine may only be started with the brake pedal depressed. Contact the nearest BMW Service.
Starter motor! Do not stop engineStater defective! Engine cannot be restarted. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
ELV! Do not turn off engineElectric steering lock (ELV) faulty. ELV is no longer released after turning off engine. Engine cannot be started. Do not turn off if engine is running
Engine!
Stop carefully
Engine problem. Continuing driving can cause engine damage. Stop and turn off engine. Contact the nearest BMW Service.
Engine overheating!
Stop carefully
Engine overheating. Turn off engine and allow to cool down. Do not open bonnet, danger of scalding,
Risk of scalding!
Contact the nearest BMW Service.
Engine oil pressure!
Stop carefully
Engine oil pressure too low.
Engine damage possible .
Turn of engine.
Not possible to continue journey.
Contact the nearest BMW Service.
Battery not charged!Alternator malfunction. Battery is no longer charged. Switch off unnecessary electric loads.
Have checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Brake pads!
Replace
The brake pads are worm. Have replaced by the nearest BMW Service.
Brake pads!
Replace
The brake pads are worm. Have replaced by the nearest BMW Service.
Brake fluid!
Stop carefully
Insufficient brake fluid. Braking effect reduced. Stop carefully. Contact the nearest BMW Service
Brake fluid!
Stop carefully
Insufficient brake fluid. Braking effect reduced. Stop carefully. Contact the nearest BMW Service
Tyre failure!Tyre failure.
Stop carefully. Refer to Owner’s Handbook for wheel change procedure.
Runflat tyres:
Possible to continue driving at max, speed of 80 km/h for limited distance, see Owner’s Handbook. Have tyres checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Gearbox temperature!
Stop carefully
Transmission overheated,
Stop vehicle and engage Park.
After gearbox has cooled down, continue driving with moderation.
If gearbox overheats again, have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Transmission malfunction!
Drive carefully
Transmission malfunction.
Emergency program active. It may not be possible to engage reverse gear. Reduced acceleration.
Drive carefully!
Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Transmission malfunction!
Drive carefully
Transmission malfunction.
Emergency program active.
Acceleration may be reduced.
Drive carefully. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service
Transmission malfunction!
Drive carefully
Transmission malfunction.
Emergency program active.
Only R,N and 1st to 3rd gear available.
Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service
Transmission malfunction!
Drive carefully
Transmission malfunction.
Possible to continue journey at moderate speed. Journey can go longer be continued after stopping. Contact the nearest BMW Service.
Transmission!
Re-engage gear
Transmission malfunction.
Position N is engaged automatically when vehicle is stationary. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Transmission malfunction!
Drive carefully
Transmission malfunction.
Several functions may be faulty. It is possible to engage gear without applying the brake. Drive with moderation. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Transmission!
Teach-in active
Clutch!
Teach-in active
Light system!
Stop carefully
Light system, indicator lights and possibly direction indicators, fog light, high beam headlight and headlight flasher inoperative. Stop vehicle, check and continue journey cautiously. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Electronics malfunction!
Stop vehicle carefully
Central electronics failure. It is not possible to continue your journey. Contact the nearest BMW Service.
Electronics malfunction!
Stop vehicle carefully
Central electronics failure. It is not possible to continue your journey. Contact the nearest BMW Service.
Service due!Service due. Unable to inform your BMW Service automatically. Contact your BMW Service.
Release parking brake
Speedometer display fault!Speedometer display malfunction.
Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service
Speed limit exceeded
Driver’s seat back not engaged!Driver’s seat back not engaged! Increased risk of injury in event of collision, seat belt ineffective! Engage seat back.
Driver’s seat back not engaged!Driver’s seat back not engaged! Increased risk of injury in event of collision, seat belt ineffective! Engage seat back.
Front passenger’s seat back not engaged!Front passenger’s seat back not engaged. Increased risk of injury in event collision, belt ineffective! Engage seat back.
Front passenger’s seat back not engaged!Front passenger’s seat back not engaged. Increased risk of injury in event collision, belt ineffective! Engage seat back.
Service overdue!
Fasten seat belt
Fasten seat belt
Restraint system malfunction!Restraint systems.
Function of airbags, seat belt pretensioner and belt force limiter faulty. Ensure your seat belt is fastened despite the fault!
Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service
Restraint system malfunction!Restraint systems.
Function of airbags, seat belt pretensioner and belt force limiter faulty. Ensure your seat belt is fastened despite the fault!
Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service
Driver airbags faulty!Driver airbags.
Airbag malfunction.
Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Front passenger airbags faulty!Passenger airbags.
Airbag malfunction.
If possible leave front passenger seat unoccupied. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Front left tyre failure!Tyre failure.
Stop carefully and change wheel, see Owner’s Handbook.Runflat tyres (RSC):
Possible to continue journey at max, speed of 80 km/h.
Restricted distance, see Owner’s Handbook.
Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Rear right tyre failure!

Tyre failure.
Stop carefully and change wheel, see Owner’s Handbook.Runflat tyres (RSC):
Possible to continue journey at max, speed of 80 km/h.
Restricted distance, see Owner’s Handbook.
Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Rear left tyre failure!Tyre failure.
Stop carefully and change wheel, see Owner’s Handbook.Runflat tyres (RSC):
Possible to continue journey at max, speed of 80 km/h.
Restricted distance, see Owner’s Handbook.
Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service
Front right tyre failure!Tyre failure.
Stop carefully and change wheel, see Owner’s Handbook.
Runflat tyres (RSC):
Possible to continue journey at max, speed of 80 km/h.
Restricted distance, see Owner’s Handbook.
Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Tyre puncture!Tyre failure.
Stop carefully and change wheel, see Owner’s Handbook.
Runflat tyres (RSC):
Possible to continue journey at max, speed of 80 km/h.
Restricted distance, see Owner’s Handbook.
Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.

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Yellow/Orange indicator lights

Yellow warning lights
Yellow or orange dashboard lights give you a warning that is not serious but requires attention as soon as possible. This also means that you should schedule a service appointment at your earliest convenience.
Dashboard warning lightCheck Control messageMessage in Central Information Display
Active steering deactivated!Active steering deactivated. Steering behaviour altered. Steering wheel may be at an angle. Possible to continue the journey. Steer with care.
Trailer, parking light, left! Check
Trailer, side light, right! Check
Trailer, direction indicator light, left! Check
Trailer, direction indicator light, right! Check
Trailer, brake light! Check
Trailer, fog light! Check
Trailer electric failed!Trailer electrics failed. Trailer lights affected. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Trailer reversing light!
Door open!
Door open!
Door open!
Door open!
Bonnet open! Stop carefullyBonnet open. Bonnet is not locked. Risk of accident. Stop and close bonnet.
Wrong remote control!The remote control used does not match the vehicle.
Please check.
Press brake to start engine
Charge key!
Remote control battery!
Battery is automatically recharged in ignition over a longer journey
Remote control! Engine will not start.Remote control not present or faulty. Engine cannot be started. Refer to Owner’s Handbook.
Remote control battery discharged.Batteries of remote control with integrated key run down. Replace batteries, see Owner’s Handbook
Batteries of remote control for stationary functions!Batteries of remote control for stationary functions run down, Replace batteries, see Owner’s Handbook.
ELV blocked! Move steering wheelThe “electric steering lock” ELV blocks the engine start function. Move steering wheel so that engine can be started
Remote control! Do not turn off engineRemote not in ignition. It may be possible that the engine cannot be restarted, therefore do not turn off. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Next time button is pressed: starts engine!Attention engine start! Keep clear of moving parts in engine compartment. Risk of injury!
Comfort access deactivated!Comfort access deactivated!
Remote control inside vehicle!Remote control inside vehicle. Locking/securing the vehicle from outside is not possible. Remove the remote control from the vehicle.
No remote control!Remote control not in proximity of vehicle. Locking/securing not possible. Please carry the remote control on your person.
Press clutch to start engine
Ignition switched on
Position R,N,D may not be not possibleMalfunction Position R,N,D may not be possible! Activate emergency release for selector lever if necessary. Refer to Owner’s Handbook. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Engage position P before leaving vehicleEngage stage P before leaving vehicle. Possible malfunction in ignition or transmission/selector lever. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Ignition can only be turned off in position P!
Boot open!
Preheating! Please wait
Cruise control defectiveCruise control failed. Possible to continue journey. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Engine oil level! Top up engine oilEngine oil at minimum level.
At the next opportunity top up with 1 litre engine oil, see Owner’s Handbook.
Engine oil level! Top up engine oilEngine oil below minimum level.
At the next opportunity top up with 1 litre engine oil, see Owner’s Handbook.
Engine problem! Loss of powerEngine problem
Full engine power no longer available.
Drive carefully. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Increased emissions!Engine problem influencing exhaust emissions.
Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Fuel filler cap open!Fuel filler cap,
Fuel or fuel vapours may escape.
Check whether fuel filler cap is closed and locked properly.
Engine problem! Drive carefullyEngine problem.
Increased engine load can damage catalytic converter. Drive at low engine load.
Have checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Particle filter fault!Particle filter malfunction, Possible to continue journey.
Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Brake light control failed!Brake light failed. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Oil level sensor malfunction!Oil level sensor malfunction! Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Increased battery discharge!High rate of battery discharge with engine stationary. It may not be possible to restart engine. Switch off unnecessary electric loads. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Battery charge very low!Battery charge very low. Recharge by driving or using external charger. Automatic electric load will soon shut down!
DTC activated, DSC restricted!DTC activated. Dynamic traction control DTC increases forward propulsion on loose ground, reduces driving stability.
DTC activated, DSC restricted!DTC activated. Dynamic traction control DTC increases forward propulsion on loose ground, reduces driving stability.
Control systems! Drive carefullyBrake and driving control systems failure. Reduced braking and driving stability. Avoid braking abruptly if possible. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Control systems! Drive carefullyBrake and driving control systems failure. Reduced braking and driving stability. Avoid braking abruptly if possible. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Drive control system!
Drive carefully!
Driving stability
Driving control system failed. Reduced driving stability when cornering. Drive carefully. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Drive control system!
Drive carefully!
Driving stability
Driving control system failed. Reduced driving stability when cornering. Drive carefully. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
HDC currently not available!HDC not available. Automatic brake intervention deactivated for safety reasons as brakes are overheated. Shift down gear and drive carefully to reduce temperature.
HDC active!
HDC deactivated!HDC deactivated. Hill Descent Control HDC is deactivated at speed above 60 km/h (37mph). Reactivation possible at speed below 35 km/h (22mph).
No HDC control! Drive slowerHDC not possible! Control range ends at 35 km/h (22mph). Reduce speed correspondingly in order to use HDC.
Brakes too hot! Allow to cool downBrakes too hot
Critical temperature as the result of high permanent load. Danger of reduced braking effect! Allow brakes to cool down. Stop if necessary.
Brakes overheated! Allow to cool downBrakes overheated. Critical temperature exceeded. Braking effect no longer guaranteed. Stop at the next opportunity and allow brakes to cool down significantly.
Start-off assistance inactive!Start-off assistance inactive
Caution, vehicle may roll back! Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Control systems! Drive carefullyBrake and driving control systems failure. Drive with moderation and avoid hard braking. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Control systems! Drive carefullyBrake and driving control systems failure. Drive with moderation and avoid hard braking. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Tyre failure indicator failed!Tyre failure indicator failed. Tyre failure is not detected. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
4x4 system defective! Drive carefully4x4 system defective
Driving stability restricted. Drive with moderation. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
4x4 system defective! Drive carefully4x4 system defective
Driving stability restricted. Drive with moderation. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
4x4 system and DSC failed!4x4 system and DSC failed! Driving stability restricted. Drive with moderation. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
4x4 system and DSC failed!4x4 system and DSC failed! Driving stability restricted. Drive with moderation. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
4x4 system, DSC and ABS failed!4x4 system, DSC and ABS failed.Driving stability restricted. Drive with moderation. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
4x4 system, DSC and ABS failed!4x4 system, DSC and ABS failed.Driving stability restricted. Drive with moderation. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
4x4 system, DSC, ABS and EMERGENCY EBV failed!4x4 system, DSC, ABS and EMERGENCY EBV failed. Driving stability restricted. Drive with moderation. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
4x4 system, DSC, ABS and EMERGENCY EBV failed!4x4 system, DSC, ABS and EMERGENCY EBV failed. Driving stability restricted. Drive with moderation. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Gearbox temperature! Drive carefullyRisk of gearbox overheating. Gearshift program with restricted driving active. Avoid high engine load.
Transmission malfunction! Drive carefullyTransmission malfunction. Emergency program active. P,R,N,D possible (forward only in 3rd and 5th gear). Gear may be engaged without braking. Drive with moderation. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Transmission in position N!Vehicle not protected against rolling away. Engage gear or apply parking brake.
Gear can be engage without brakeBrake signal malfunction. Gear can be engaged without brake. Press brake before engaging gear. Turn off engine before leaving vehicle. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Clutch overheated!Clutch overheated. If possible, stop vehicle or drive off at speed.
Transmission malfunction! Drive carefullyTransmission malfunction. Emergency program activated. Only R,N and 1st to 3rd gear available. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Transmission malfunction! Drive carefullyTransmission malfunction. Emergency program activated. Only D,N and R available. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Start: select pos. N and press brakeBefore starting the engine press the brake and shift selector lever to position N
Transmission position P not engaged!Transmission position P is not engaged! Vehicle may roll away!
Transmission in position N!
Transm, failsafe!Transm, failsafe! Possible to continue journey. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Level control system failure!Level control system failure! Ground clearance and driving comfort reduced. Avoid high speed cornering. Have fault checked by BMW Service as soon as possible.
Level control
System malfunction!
Level control System malfunction. Possible reduction in driving comfort.Have the problem checked by the BMW Service.
Fuel pump fault! Drive moderatelyFuel pump. Fuel pump fault. Engine may stall. Possible reduction in engine power. Drive moderately! Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Fuel pump!Fuel pump malfunction. Possible to continue journey. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
EPS inoperative
Rear light, right, failure!Rear light, right, failure. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Dipped beam, left, failure!Dipped beam, left, failure. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Dipped beam, right, failure!Dipped beam, right, failure. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Left licence plate light failed!Left licence plate light, failure. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Side light switched on!
Left rear fog light defective!Fog light, rear left, failure. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Reversing light, right, failure!Right reversing light failed.
Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Turn indicator, rear left, failure!Turn indicator, rear left, failure. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Reversing light, left, failure!Reversing light, left, failure. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Rear light, right, failure!Rear light, right, failure. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Front right direction indicator failed!Turn indicator, front right, failure. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Dipped beam, left, failure!Dipped beam, left, failure. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Dipped beam, right, failure!Dipped beam, right, failure. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Front left direction indicator failed!Turn indicator, front left, failure.Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Right tail light failed!Rear light, left, failure. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Right direction indicator repeater failed!Right direction indicator repeater failed. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Turn indicator, rear right, failure!Turn indicator, rear right, failure. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Right fog light defective!
Right fog light failed. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Side turn indicator. Left, failure!Left direction in indicator repeater failed. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Left high beam headlight failed!Left high beam headlight failed.
Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Right rear fog light defective!Fog light, rear right, failure. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Right high beam headlight failed!Right high beam headlight failed. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Parking light front left, failure!Front left side light failed. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Front right side light failed!Front right side light failed. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Right tail light failed!Right tail light failed. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Right brake light failed!Right brake light failed. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Third brake light failed.Third brake light failed. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Left brake light failed!Left brake light failed. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Right licence plate light failed!Right licence plate light failed. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Left fog light defective!Left fog light failed. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Front right direction indicator failed!Front right direction indicator failed. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Front left direction indicator failed.Front left direction indicator failed. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Headlight vertical aim control!Headlight vertical aim control malfunction! Optimum illumination of road not possible headlights may dazzle oncoming traffic. Have the problem checked by BMW Service as soon as possible.
Power windows anti-trapping function!Power windows. Anti-trapping function deactivated.
Power windows anti-trapping function!Power windows. Anti-trapping function failed.
Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Right brake/tail lightRight brake/tail light failed.
Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Left brake/tail lightLeft brake/tail light failed. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Licence plate light failed!Licence plate light failed. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Left brake force light defectiveLeft brake force light defective failed. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Right brake force light defectiveRight brake force light defective failed. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Cornering lights failure! !Adaptive Cornering light failed! ! nPossible to continue journey with caution.
Have the problem checked by BMW Service.
Washer fluid level too low!Not enough fluid in washer-fluid reservoir. Top up the washer fluid at the earliest opportunity, see the Owner’s Handbook.
Coolant level too lowEngine coolant level too low. Risk of engine damage.
At next opportunity, top up coolant, see Owner’s Handbook. Caution : Risk of scalding!
Reports no faults
Remote control key!
trigger
Speed limit exceeded!
Outside temperature %s
Outside temperature %s
Set time and dateBattery was disconnected , time and date displays are no longer correct. Reset, see Owner’s Handbook.
Fuel reserve!
Service due!
Range %s
Seat backrest monitoring defective!Seat backrest monitoring failed. Lock backrest. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
ACC inactive! Drive moderatelyActive cruise control. ACC inactive due to slippery conditions. Keep your distance and drive moderately! Activate ACC as required under appropriate driving conditions.
ACC inactive! Keep your distanceActive cruise control. ACC inactive Active Cruise Control (ACC) not available.
Keep your distance! Wipe the sensor clean at the next opportunity. See Owner’s Handbook.
ACC failure! Keep your distanceActive cruise control ACC deactivated. Keep your distance. Have the problem checked by BMW Service.
ACC deactivated! Parking brakeActive cruise control ACC deactivated due to operation of parking brake. Reactivated ACC if desired.
ACC inactive! Keep your distanceActive Cruise Control (ACC) is inactive below approximately 20 mph (30km/h). Keep your distance! Reactivate ACC if required.
ACC inactive! Excessive brakingActive cruise control (ACC) inactive due to long hill descent. Keep your distance. Reactivate ACC if required
ACC fault! Keep your distanceSensor of Active Cruise Control ACC possibly dirty. Detection of preceding vehicles restricted (see Owner’s Handbook). Keep your distance!
Engine speed! Select higher gearEngine speed too high. Select a higher gear if driving situation permits.
ACC inactive! Keep your distanceActive cruise control deactivate. Selected gear appropriate for driving situation. Change gear and activate as required.
Engine speed! Shift downEngine speed too low. Select lower gear if driving situation permits.
DCC failed!Dynamic cruise control DCC failed. Have the problem checked by BMW Service.
DCC deactivated! Parking brakeDynamic cruise control DCC deactivated due to applied parking brakes. Reactivate DCC if required.
DCC deactivated! Excessive brakingDynamic cruise control DCC deactivated due to long hill descent. Reactivate DCC if required.
DCC deactivated! Drive with moderation.
Dynamic cruise control DCC deactivated due to slippery conditions. Drive with moderation. Activate DCC as required under appropriate driving conditions.
DCC deactivated!Dynamic cruise control DCC deactivated. Selected gear inappropriate for driving situation. Change gear and activate DCC as required
DCC deactivated!Dynamic cruise control DCC is inactive below 30 km/h (20mph). Reactivate DCC if required.
Sunroof anti-trapping function!Sliding sunroof anti-trapping function inactive.
Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service
Sunroof anti-trapping function!Sliding sunroof anti-trapping function failed.
Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service
Front passenger restraint system faulty!Passenger seat belt. Seat belt pretensioner or seat belt force limiter malfunction. Ensure your seat belt is fastened despite the fault! Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Driver restraint system faulty!Driver’s seat belt. Seat belt pretensioner or seat belt force limiter malfunction. Ensure your seat belt is fastened despite the fault. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Restraint system rear left, faulty!Left seat belt in rear compartment. Seat belt pretensioner malfunction. Ensure your seat belt is fastened despite the fault. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Restraint system, rear right, faulty!Right seat belt in rear compartment. Seat belt pretensioner malfunction. Ensure your seat belt is fastened despite the fault!
Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Rear left side airbag faulty!Left rear compartment airbag. Side airbag faulty. Do not use left rear seat if possible. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Side airbag, rear right faulty!Right rear compartment airbag.
Side airbag faulty. Do not use right rear seat if possible. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
PDC failure!Park distance control PDC failed. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service as soon as possible.
Tyre pressure! checkTyre pressure too low or too high.
Check and correct, see Owner’s Handbook or inflation pressure sticker.
Tyre pressure control failure!Temporary operating fault in RDC tyre pressure control (due to external cause or additional RDC wheels in vehicle). Possible to continue journey.
Tyre pressure control deactivated!Tyre pressure control RDC not available as wheel without sensor is mounted.
Possible to continue journey. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Tyre pressure control failure!Tyre pressure control RDC not available. Tyre failure and pressure loss cannot be detected. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
RDC initialising during journey!RDC is initialized. RDC not available for approx. 15 to 30 minutes. Tyre failure can temporarily not be detected. Initialization while driving.
Tyre pressure! Check againTyre pressure. right/left pressure difference too high. Recheck tyre pressures, see Owner’s Handbook or inflation pressure label.
RDC initialising during journey!RDC is initialized. RDC not available for up to 3 minutes. Tyre failure can temporarily not be detected. Initialization while driving.
No SOS calls! Mobile phone?SOS calls not possible. Insert mobile phone and switch on.
Assist emergency call not enable!BMW Assist emergency call not possible as not enabled. Refer to BMW Assist agreement and check settings.
Assist emergency call not available!BMW Assist emergency call.
BMW Assist emergency call not possible in this country. Consult conditions for BMW Assist roaming.
SOS call system fault.SOS call system fault. SOS call system functions restricted or failed. Have the problem checked by the nearest BMW Service.
Assist emergency call not available SIM?BMW Assist emergency call not available. SIM card not inserted or unusable.
End of assembly line: Standardize RPAEnd of assembly line mode: Tyre failure indicator must be standardized! Refer to Owner’s Handbook
No service due

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Blue indicator lights

Dashboard warning lightCheck Control message
Long-distance headlights are on. High-beams are active

Green indicator lights

Green dashboard lights
Green indicator lights tell you that a BMW feature or function that is currently active.
Dashboard warning lightCheck Control message
Short headlamps and stop lights are on. Low beams are on
​​Short headlights are on
Warning: Press the brake pedal to operate the automatic shift lever
Warning light appears if the cruise control is on
Front fog lights are on
Headlamp out of malfunction
Automatic headlamp dimmer indicator
Daytime running lights
Tail light indicator
High-beam assistant
MDM mode indicator
Auto brake hold indicator
Auto brake hold indicator
Active or Advanced Cruise control indicator
Active or Advanced Cruise control indicator

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White indicator lights

White indicator lights
Same as green and blue symbols, white indicators let you know if any BMW function is currently available.
Dashboard warning lightCheck Control message
Rear fog lamp is on
The signal is on. When you lower the signal arm, the left turn indicates the saga turn when you lift it up
Engine air filter needs replaced
Indicates weather outside
Winter mode button you need to use on snowy and slippery roads
Parking assistance system signs with vehicle dashboard
Warning symbol appears if the airbag system is off
At least one Check Control message is displayed or saved

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Conclusion

Keep in mind, orange or yellow BMW dashboard symbols means that you should schedule a service appointment at your earliest convenience. If any of the lights are red and/or blinking, consider stopping everything and take your car to the nearest BMW Service Department.

See your BMW Owner’s Handbook for more information. Nothing is more important than your safety.

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