Chevy dashboard symbols: What do they mean?

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There are so many symbols on your Chevy dashboard that show up occasionally. Sometimes, you don’t even know what they mean and they can make you go panic easily.

Indeed, different Chevy models have various versions of dashboard symbols. However, Chevy vehicles and GM cars, in general, share the same system of dashboard symbols. Their colors have the same meanings that show you how serious the issue is.

In this guide, we will get to know most of the Chevy dashboard symbols. Find out more to understand their messages and what you should do when they come up.

Chevy dashboard symbols

chevy dashboard symbols
The warning lights come up when your vehicle detects an issue. Keep reading to understand the meaning of the lights and know what to do when they show up or keep flashing.

The Chevy dashboard warning lights on the dashboard will illuminate if an issue with your vehicle is detected. Then, you can easily figure out what’s wrong with your car and how severe it is to have a proper follow-up action.

  • Red warning light – You should pay immediate attention to the issue.
  • Orange and Yellow warning light – A warning that is not critical but it requires attention as soon as possible.
  • Other colors such as GreenBlueWhite or Grey – Designates the a feature or technology that is currently active.
  • Flashing warning lights inform you of an urgent issue

It’s essential to make yourself familiar with these dashboard symbols. Make sure you don’t put yourself in danger due to a serious issue. Look for their meanings in your Owner’s Handbook in case you’re not sure.

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Red warning lights

infiniti red warning lights
Red symbols warn you of an issue that requires immediate attention in your Infiniti car. You should stop everything and go to the nearest mechanic for a check.
Dashboard warning lightNameMessage
Charging System Trouble LightSerious Charging System problem.
The vehicle should be brought to a complete stop as quickly as possible or the vehicle may simply stop running.
Brake Trouble LightA serious problem with the brakes.
The light will also be on when the hand, or emergency, brake is engaged.
Brake Trouble LightA serious problem with the brakes.
The light will also be on when the hand, or emergency, brake is engaged.
Brake Trouble LightA serious problem with the brakes.
The light will also be on when the hand, or emergency, brake is engaged.
Brake Trouble LightA serious problem with the brakes.
The light will also be on when the hand, or emergency, brake is engaged.
Oil Warning LightsWithout the wavy line, your engine is telling you that the oil pressure is low
Oil Warning LightsA wavy line below the oil can indicates the oil level is low.
Oil Warning Lights If it is seen on the instrument panel, pull over and shut down the engine as soon as possible to allow it to cool down.
Temperature Warning IndicatorsThe engine temperature is too high.
Should stop the vehicle and turn off the engine.
Turning on the heater to the highest setting will remove some of the heat as well.
SRS Air Bag IndicatorA problem exists with one of the many airbags in the vehicle, which should be taken to the dealer or authorized service center as soon as possible.
SRS Air Bag IndicatorA problem exists with one of the many airbags in the vehicle, which should be taken to the dealer or authorized service center as soon as possible.
Security and Immobilizer System IndicatorIndicate that the ignition switch is locked and will need the proper transponder-equipped key fob to start or re-start.
Security and Immobilizer System IndicatorWarn of an attempted break in!
Power Steering Trouble Light
Parking Brake IndicatorIndicates that the parking, or emergency brake is engaged. Be sure to disengage the parking or emergency brake before driving.
Parking Brake IndicatorIndicates that the parking, or emergency brake is engaged. Be sure to disengage the parking or emergency brake before driving.
Parking Brake IndicatorIndicates that service is necessary.
Seat Belt Reminder IndicatorThe indicators simply want you to put on your seat belt.
Seat Belt Reminder IndicatorThe indicators simply want you to put on your seat belt.
Door Ajar and Other Open IndicatorClose the door, trunk lid, rear hatch, hood, or whatever is shown as open as soon as possible.
Door Ajar and Other Open IndicatorThe ignition is on and Driver’s Door is the one open. So long as the vehicle is not in gear, there should be nothing to be concerned about.
Hood Ajar IndicatorBe sure the hood is closed and/or that nothing is preventing the hood from fully closing. Otherwise, have the light and its trigger serviced as soon as possible
Pedestrian Warning IndicatorA man standing in the driving lane.
Pedestrian Warning IndicatorA collision with a person detected is imminent
Pedestrian Warning IndicatorA collision with a person detected is imminent
Maintenance or Service Required IndicatorThe required service may be a common oil change or something more important such as a transmission service.
Collision Warning System and Malfunction Indicator
Forward Alert and AVSM IndicatorWarn if you are on a collision path with another vehicle or even the back of your garage!
EV (Electric Vehicle) System Warning and Hybrid Service IndicatorThere are no filters to change or other routine maintenance required, this is likely an indication of a system problem, which must be addressed by a qualified service center.

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Yellow/Orange indicator lights

chevy yellow/orange lights
Yellow or orange symbols mean that the warning is not serious but requires attention as soon as possible. Indeed, you should schedule a service appointment at your earliest convenience.
Dashboard warning lightNameMessage
Oil Warning LightsAn admonition to check the oil.
If the oil level is good, the engine needs servicing as soon as possible as an oil pump failure is likely and will lead to serious engine damage.
Oil Warning LightsAn admonition to check the oil.

If the oil level is good, the engine needs servicing as soon as possible as an oil pump failure is likely and will lead to serious engine damage.
Oil Warning LightsThe engine’s RPM has been reduced.
Low oil pressure can result in serious engine damage, even at reduced RPMs, so have the engine serviced as soon as possible.
Temperature Warning IndicatorsThe engine temperature is too high.
Stop the vehicle and turn off the engine.
Turning on the heater to the highest setting will remove some of the heat as well.
Temperature Warning IndicatorsFuel having entered the engine oil. Run the engine until warm to allow the fuel to evaporate. Also, avoid running at a high rpm as well.
SRS Air Bag IndicatorA problem exists with one of the many airbags in the vehicle, which should be taken to the dealer or authorized service center as soon as possible.
Security and Immobilizer System IndicatorIndicate that the ignition switch is locked and will need the proper transponder-equipped key fob to start or re-start
Power Steering Trouble Light
Parking Brake IndicatorIndicates that service is necessary.
Parking Brake IndicatorIndicates that service is necessary.
Sunroof Open indicatorClose the sunroof if you wish.
Automatic Shift Lock / Engine Start OperationA reminder that the brake must be stepped on to release the lock and shift the transmission into drive or reverse.
Automatic Shift Lock / Engine Start OperationA reminder that the brake must be engaged to start a push button or keyless start car.
Automatic Shift Lock / Engine Start OperationA reminder that the brake must be engaged to start a push button or keyless start car.
Fuel, Low Fuel, and Fuel Sensor IndicatorsThe fuel is low
Fuel, Low Fuel, and Fuel Sensor IndicatorsIndicates a failure of the sensor and that the level shown on the fuel gauge cannot be relied upon.
Fuel, Low Fuel, and Fuel Sensor IndicatorsWhen the fuel level drops in vehicles powered by the gas
Low Windshield Washer Fluid IndicatorsFill the windshield washer fluid reservoir as soon as possible.
Low Windshield Washer Fluid IndicatorsFill the windshield washer fluid reservoir as soon as possible.
Low Windshield Washer Fluid IndicatorsFill the windshield washer fluid reservoir as soon as possible.
Low Windshield Washer Fluid IndicatorsFill the windshield washer fluid reservoir as soon as possible.
Up Shift IndicatorTo aide in fuel economizing.
Down Shift IndicatorTo aide in fuel economizing.
Owner Manual IndicatorIndicates that the driver should reference the owner’s manual.
Check Engine Light
Check Engine Light
Check Engine Light
Reduced Engine Power IndicatorsThe fault is likely in an electronic system, and one vehicle maker suggests stopping the vehicle and restarting it after 10 seconds. This may reset the system and thus resolve the issue. If this does not work, see your dealer or authorized service center as soon as possible.
Reduced Engine Power IndicatorsThe fault is likely in an electronic system, and one vehicle maker suggests stopping the vehicle and restarting it after 10 seconds. This may reset the system and thus resolve the issue. If this does not work, see your dealer or authorized service center as soon as possible.
Maintenance or Service Required IndicatorA reminder that routine maintenance is needed, such as an oil change, although the car on the lift could suggest a more serious problem.
Maintenance or Service Required IndicatorA reminder that routine maintenance is needed, such as an oil change, although the car on the lift could suggest a more serious problem.
Maintenance or Service Required IndicatorIndicate that one of the vehicle’s systems has failed and needs repair.
Electronic Power Control IndicatorA problem is detected in the engine electronics
Electronic Power Control IndicatorA problem is detected in the engine electronics
Slip, Stability Control and Fault IndicatorWhen a vehicle detects slippery conditions, its stability or traction control system is activated. The light will flash, irregularly in some vehicles, indicating that the system is doing its work, helping to keep the vehicle in control.
Slip, Stability Control and Fault IndicatorWhen a vehicle detects slippery conditions, its stability or traction control system is activated. The light will flash, irregularly in some vehicles, indicating that the system is doing its work, helping to keep the vehicle in control.
Slip, Stability Control and Fault IndicatorWhen a vehicle detects slippery conditions, its stability or traction control system is activated. The light will flash, irregularly in some vehicles, indicating that the system is doing its work, helping to keep the vehicle in control.
Slip, Stability Control and Fault IndicatorWhen a vehicle detects slippery conditions, its stability or traction control system is activated. The light will flash, irregularly in some vehicles, indicating that the system is doing its work, helping to keep the vehicle in control.
Stability Control Off IndicatorsThe stability control system is deactivated.
Stability Control Off IndicatorsThe stability control system is deactivated.
Stability Control Off IndicatorsThe stability control system is deactivated.
Traction and Active Traction Control IndicatorIndicates the system is on and functioning or that the system has a malfunction, respectively.
Traction and Active Traction Control IndicatorA malfunction is indicated. Note that traction control systems use the vehicle’s brakes and throttle in their operations and the malfunctions may be in the antilock brakes or the engine.
Traction and Active Traction Control IndicatorA malfunction is indicated. Note that traction control systems use the vehicle’s brakes and throttle in their operations and the malfunctions may be in the antilock brakes or the engine.
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemThe inflation on one of the tires is reduced about 25% or more. In most cases, that will be about eight pounds
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemThe system needs to be reset or could mean that a tire is low as well. Regardless, the tire pressures must be checked for the sake of safety.
Antilock Braking System TroubleThe ABS system helps to keep the car from skidding out of control during braking in slippery or extreme braking conditions by limiting your wheels from locking up.
Antilock Braking System TroubleThe ABS system helps to keep the car from skidding out of control during braking in slippery or extreme braking conditions by limiting your wheels from locking up.
Antilock Braking System TroubleIn slippery conditions, the driver must control any tendency for the wheels to lock during braking.
Antilock Braking System TroubleIndicate a problem with the 4- or All-wheel Drive system as well as the ABS System. If this is the case, one or more additional indicators will be present. Have the vehicle checked as soon as possible by a competent shop.
Antilock Braking System TroubleCome on when the ABS system is simply doing its job . It does not indicate a fault
Front Lift System IndicatorThis light will flash to indicate when the front of the vehicle is being raised or lowered.
Collision Warning System and Malfunction Indicators
Collision Warning System and Malfunction IndicatorsUse radar while others use cameras, which can be found here.
Collision Warning System and Malfunction IndicatorsWhen the brakes are applied automatically, which would be obvious if it occurred!
Forward Alert and AVSM IndicatorWarn if you are on a collision path with another vehicle or even the back of your garage!
Forward Alert and AVSM IndicatorAn obstacle is approached
Forward Alert and AVSM IndicatorAn obstacle is approached
Lane Departure Warning IndicatorsThe vehicle is traveling close to either the left or the right of the traveling lane.
Lane Departure Warning IndicatorsThe vehicle is traveling close to either the left or the right of the traveling lane.
Lane Departure Warning IndicatorsThe vehicle is traveling close to either the left or the right of the traveling lane.
Park Assist Systems IndicatorThere is a malfunction in the system or the sensors are dirty
Park Assist Systems IndicatorThe system may simply have been turned off.
Tow or Haul Mode and Fault IndicatorsIf your vehicle is equipped with Tow Mode, one of these lights will be lit when the mode is selected.
Tow or Haul Mode and Fault IndicatorsIf your vehicle is equipped with Tow Mode, one of these lights will be lit when the mode is selected.
Tow or Haul Mode and Fault IndicatorsIf your vehicle is equipped with Tow Mode, one of these lights will be lit when the mode is selected.
Tow or Haul Mode and Fault IndicatorsIf your vehicle is equipped with Tow Mode, one of these lights will be lit when the mode is selected.
Snow Mode IndicatorsThis mode is active. The option controls the transmission electronically, keeping it in a higher gear (2nd or 3rd) or controlling the throttle for accelerating and driving on slippery road surfaces, like snow.
4 Wheel Drive IndicatorIndicates that the 4 wheel drive is engaged at a low gear ratio. It is useful when maximum power or traction is needed for steep climbs, sandy or muddy conditions, or off-road driving.
4 Wheel Drive IndicatorIndicates that the 4 wheel drive is engaged at a low gear ratio. It is useful when maximum power or traction is needed for steep climbs, sandy or muddy conditions, or off-road driving.
4 Wheel Drive IndicatorIndicates that the 4 wheel drive is engaged at a low gear ratio. It is useful when maximum power or traction is needed for steep climbs, sandy or muddy conditions, or off-road driving.
4 Wheel Drive IndicatorIndicates that the 4 wheel drive is engaged at a low gear ratio. It is useful when maximum power or traction is needed for steep climbs, sandy or muddy conditions, or off-road driving.
Low Speed, Grade and Terrain Assist IndicatorThe ATPC system is enabled.
Active or Advanced Cruise Control IndicatorsIntended to imply a forward looking radar.
Recuperative or Regenerative Brake System IndicatorThe RBS is malfunctioning
EV (Electric Vehicle) System Warning and Hybrid Service IndicatorThere are no filters to change or other routine maintenance required, this is likely an indication of a system problem, which must be addressed by a qualified service center.
EV (Electric Vehicle) System Warning and Hybrid Service IndicatorThere are no filters to change or other routine maintenance required, this is likely an indication of a system problem, which must be addressed by a qualified service center.
Lamp Out Indicator
Automatic Headlight Dimmer or Malfunction IndicatorThe headlights themselves will continue to function in high or low beam, but they will need to be cycled manually
Automatic Headlight Dimmer or Malfunction IndicatorUse as an Automatic Wiper Fault Indicator

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Green indicator lights

Chevy green lights
Green lights tell you that a feature or function of your Nissan vehicle is currently active.
Dashboard warning lightNameMessage
Security and Immobilizer System IndicatorThe vehicle is immobilized.
Shift and Up Shift IndicatorIndicate when it is best to shift to a higher gear for optimum fuel economy.
Shift and Up Shift IndicatorIndicate when it is best to shift to a higher gear for optimum fuel economy.
Shift and Up Shift IndicatorIndicate when it is best to shift to a higher gear for optimum fuel economy.
Traction and Active Traction Control IndicatorIndicate that the system has been activated and doing its job to maintain traction in slippery conditions
Traction and Active Traction Control IndicatorIndicate that the system has been activated and doing its job to maintain traction in slippery conditions
Traction and Active Traction Control IndicatorIndicate that the system has been activated and doing its job to maintain traction in slippery conditions
Forward Alert and AVSM IndicatorsWarn if you are on a collision path with another vehicle or even the back of your garage!
Park Assist Systems IndicatorThe system is activated and working.
Tow or Haul Mode and Fault IndicatorIf your vehicle is equipped with Tow Mode, one of these lights will be lit when the mode is selected.
Tow or Haul Mode and Fault IndicatorFind the proper switch to turn it off, or, lacking a switch, check with a service center.
All-wheel Drive On Indicatoryour vehicle’s all-wheel drive system is engaged and possibly what mode it is in.
All-wheel Drive On Indicatoryour vehicle’s all-wheel drive system is engaged and possibly what mode it is in.
Low Speed, Grade and Terrain Assist IndicatorThe system is activated.
Low Speed, Grade and Terrain Assist IndicatorThe system is activated.
Low Speed, Grade and Terrain Assist Indicator
Low Speed, Grade and Terrain Assist Indicator
Active or Advanced Cruise Control IndicatorsThe system is responding to traffic ahead and the arrow indicates a speed has been set.
Active or Advanced Cruise Control IndicatorsThe system is turned on and amber when actually adjusting the distance to a vehicle ahead.
Cruise or Speed Control Text IndicatorThe cruise control is engaged.
It is perfectly straightforward, as opposed to the two image symbols below that are now often used in its place.
Cruise or Speed Control Text IndicatorThe cruise control is engaged.
It is perfectly straightforward, as opposed to the two image symbols below that are now often used in its place.
Cruise or Speed Control Text IndicatorA speed is set
Cruise or Speed Control Text IndicatorThe cruise control is engaged
Hybrid Ready IndicatorA hybrid vehicle can move
Hybrid Ready IndicatorA hybrid vehicle can move
Hybrid Ready IndicatorA hybrid vehicle can move
Lamp Out Indicator
Automatic Headlight Dimmer or Malfunction IndicatorIndicates that the high beams are on and that the system will automatically (AUTO or A) switch between the low and high headlight beams on the automobile depending on whether or not sensors detect oncoming vehicle head lights in the distance.
Automatic Headlight Dimmer or Malfunction IndicatorIndicates that the high beams are on and that the system will automatically (AUTO or A) switch between the low and high headlight beams on the automobile depending on whether or not sensors detect oncoming vehicle head lights in the distance.
Automatic Headlight Dimmer or Malfunction IndicatorIndicates that the high beams are on and that the system will automatically (AUTO or A) switch between the low and high headlight beams on the automobile depending on whether or not sensors detect oncoming vehicle head lights in the distance.
Park Lamp or Tail Light (Canada) IndicatorAll the lights, except the headlights, are in use.
Turn Signal Indicator

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Blue indicator lights

Dashboard warning lightNameMessage
Temperature Warning IndicatorIndicates that the coolant temperature is below what is needed for optimum performance.
Automatic Headlight Dimmer or Malfunction IndicatorThe high beams are on and that the system will automatically (AUTO or A) switch between the low and high headlight beams on the automobile depending on whether or not sensors detect oncoming vehicle head lights in the distance.
Automatic Headlight Dimmer or Malfunction IndicatorThe high beams are on and that the system will automatically (AUTO or A) switch between the low and high headlight beams on the automobile depending on whether or not sensors detect oncoming vehicle head lights in the distance.
High or Low Beam on IndicatorsThe light is active only when the high beams are active (turned on) and has been a standard in vehicles for decades.
High or Low Beam on IndicatorsThe light is active only when the high beams are active (turned on) and has been a standard in vehicles for decades.

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White/Grey indicator lights

Dashboard warning lightNameMessage
Shift and Up Shift Indicator
Shift and Up Shift Indicator
Owner Manual IndicatorIndicates that the driver should reference the owner’s manual.
Maintenance or Service Required Indicator
Lane Departure Warning IndicatorsThe vehicle is traveling close to either the left or the right of the traveling lane.
Lane Departure Warning IndicatorsThe vehicle is traveling close to either the left or the right of the traveling lane.
Park Assist Systems IndicatorThe system is activated and working.
Off Road Mode IndicatorA winding road, or squiggly line, with mountains in its path.
Low Speed, Grade and Terrain Assist IndicatorIndicates a problem with Downhill Speed Regulation.
Active or Advanced Cruise Control IndicatorThe system is turned on and amber when actually adjusting the distance to a vehicle ahead.
Extended Range EV Mode IndicatorsA trip is expected to use all of the high-voltage battery’s charge. Using Hold Mode at higher, highway speeds maximizes both EV miles and fuel efficiency.
Extended Range EV Mode IndicatorsThe mode maintains a reserve electrical charge of the high voltage battery to provide better grade climbing performance, but the vehicle will have less responsive acceleration.
Recuperative or Regenerative Brake System IndicatorIt is active
Automatic Headlight Dimmer or Malfunction Indicatorthe high beam system off. The park lights are on

Conclusion

Keep in mind, you should schedule a service appointment at your earliest convenience when any of the dashboard symbols show up in yellow or orange in Chevy car. If any of the symbols are red and/or blinking, consider stopping everything and taking your car to the nearest Service Department.

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

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