Nissan dashboard symbols and meanings: FULL list

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Whenever a warning light shows up on the dashboard, you wonder whether there is any serious issue with your Dodge Ram. You aren’t sure about what the symbols are telling you?

Different Dodge Ram models might have various versions of dashboard lights. However, their colors are the same and are meant to indicate the severity of the issue.

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

Nissan dashboard symbols

nissan dashboard symbols and meanings
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 warning light on the dashboard will illuminate if an issue with your Nissan vehicle is detected. Then, you can easily find 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 Green and Blue – Designates the a feature or technology that is currently active.
  • Flashing warning lights inform you of an urgent issue

You shouldn’t take these dashboard symbols lightly. It’s essential to make yourself familiar with them. Look for their meanings in your Owner’s Handbook in case you’re not sure.

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Red warning symbols

Nissan red symbols
Red symbols indicate an issue that requires immediate attention in your Nissan. In this case, you should stop everything and have your car checked at the nearest mechanic.
Dashboard warning lightNameMeaning / Message
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.
Oil Warning LightA wavy line below the oil can indicates the oil level is low.
Oil Warning LightWithout the wavy line, your engine is telling you that the oil pressure is low.
Temperature Warning Indicator The 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.
Power Steering Trouble Light
Electric Park Brake and Fault IndicatorService is needed.
Electric Park Brake and Fault IndicatorService is needed.
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
Seat Belt Reminder IndicatorThe indicators simply want you to put on your seat belt.
Seat Belt Reminder IndicatorShowing two belted occupants, indicates either the driver or passenger is unbuckled. Regardless, the indicators simply want you to put on your seat belt.
Security and Immobilizer System IndicatorThe ignition switch is locked and will need the proper transponder-equipped key fob to start or re-start.
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.
Master Warning Light IndicatorIt could very well point out something as serious as low oil pressure.
However, despite the serious look to the symbol, it is generally associated with simple reminders such as a door ajar or that it is time to change the oil.
Master Warning Light IndicatorIt could very well point out something as serious as low oil pressure.
However, despite the serious look to the symbol, it is generally associated with simple reminders such as a door ajar or that it is time to change the oil.
Apply Parking Brake IndicatorIt is somewhat misleading in that it actually warns of a transmission malfunction!
Vehicles with electronic shift controls may not hold the Park selection properly, prompting the warning to engage the parking brake.
A/T Park Warning IndicatorThis light comes on when a vehicle’s 4 wheel drive shifter is in neutral (N).
A drive gear cannot be engaged until either the 4 Low or the 4 High option is chosen
Distance Warning IndicatorA vehicle in front is too close or is being approached too quickly, or that a stationary obstacle exists in the direction of travel.
Steering Assist Alert IndicatorIt will be displayed when hands are not in contact with the steering wheel.
Steering assist is then disabled.
Steering Assist Alert IndicatorIt will be displayed when hands are not in contact with the steering wheel.
Steering assist is then disabled.
EV Charging Indicator SymbolsIt will be illuminated or blinking while the vehicle’s main battery is being charged and will turn off when it is fully charged.
EV (Electric Vehicle) System Warning and Hybrid Service IndicatorIt warns of a fault that must serviced immediately from the EV system.

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Yellow/Orange indicator symbols

Nissan yellow/orange symbols
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 lightNameMeaning / Message
Temperature Warning IndicatorThe 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.
Power Steering Trouble Light
Power Steering Trouble Light
Electric Park Brake and Fault IndicatorService is needed.
Electric Park Brake and Fault IndicatorService is needed.
Electric Park Brake and Fault IndicatorService is needed.
Electric Park Brake and Fault IndicatorService is needed.
Electric Park Brake and Fault IndicatorService is needed.
Electric Park Brake and Fault IndicatorService is needed.
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.
Second Row or Rear Seat Safety Belt IndicatorIf a rear seat passenger is detected, the safety belt symbols come on and stay on for several seconds to alert the driver that passengers may need to fasten their safety belts.
Security and Immobilizer System IndicatorThe ignition switch is locked and will need the proper transponder-equipped key fob to start or re-start.
Fuel, Low Fuel, and Fuel SensorThe fuel is low.
Low Windshield Washer Fluid IndicatorFill the windshield washer fluid reservoir as soon as possible.
Low Windshield Washer Fluid IndicatorFill the windshield washer fluid reservoir as soon as possible.
Low Windshield Washer Fluid IndicatorFill the windshield washer fluid reservoir as soon as possible.
Low Windshield Washer Fluid IndicatorFill the windshield washer fluid reservoir as soon as possible.
Frost or Cold Warning or Snow Mode IndicatorThe vehicle has been placed in Snow Mode.
Or the outside temperature drops to within a few degrees of freezing (about 40°F).
Frost or Cold Warning or Snow Mode IndicatorThe vehicle has been placed in Snow Mode.
Or the outside temperature drops to within a few degrees of freezing (about 40°F).
Keyless Ignition Detection IndicatorIndicate 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.
Keyless Ignition Detection IndicatorIndicate 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.
Low key battery indicator
Automatic Shift Lock / Engine Start OperationWhen the ignition is on, ASL locks the shifter in neutral or park.
The brake must be stepped on to release the lock and shift the transmission into drive or reverse.
Check Engine Light
Check Engine Light
Check Engine Light
Slip, Stability Control and Fault Indicator SymbolWhen 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 Indicator SymbolWhen 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 Indicator SymbolWhen 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 Indicator SymbolWhen 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 Indicator SymbolWhen 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 OffThe stability control system is deactivated.
Stability Control OffThe stability control system is deactivated.
Stability Control OffThe stability control system is deactivated.
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.
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.
Automatic Transmission Warning IndicatorIndicates an electrical, rather than a mechanical, problem with the transmission.
Continuing to drive could cause damage to the transmission that would likely be very expensive to repair.
Automatic Transmission Warning IndicatorIndicates an electrical, rather than a mechanical, problem with the transmission.
Continuing to drive could cause damage to the transmission that would likely be very expensive to repair.
Transmission Oil TemperatureThe oil temperature in the transmission is too high, which risks transmission failure.
Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) IndicatorIn a vehicle equipped with a CVT, the indicator comes on only for a few seconds when the ignition is turned on.
An actual problem with the CVT will ultimately trigger the Malfunction Indicator, which will tell you nothing useful and require a call to your dealer or authorized service center for service.
Transmission Warning IndicatorIndicate an actual transmission system malfunction, or high transmission or clutch temperatures.
The gap in the upper part of the image is likely meant to represent the clutch.
Electronic Steering Lock IndicatorIndicates a malfunction in the electronic steering wheel lock system.
This is part of the electronic start and immobilization system.
Check Suspension IndicatorIndicates a possible fault in the suspension system, which should be checked by your dealer or authorized repair center as soon as possible.
All Wheel Drive Trouble IndicatorThese lights will be on when All-Wheel Drive is disengaged and the drive mechanism is switched to Front Wheel Drive for maintenance or if there is a problem with the system.
The car can be safely operated in front wheel drive.
All Wheel Drive Trouble IndicatorThese lights will be on when All-Wheel Drive is disengaged and the drive mechanism is switched to Front Wheel Drive for maintenance or if there is a problem with the system.
The car can be safely operated in front wheel drive.
All Wheel Drive Trouble IndicatorThese lights will be on when All-Wheel Drive is disengaged and the drive mechanism is switched to Front Wheel Drive for maintenance or if there is a problem with the system.
The car can be safely operated in front wheel drive.
4 Wheel, All Wheel Drive Trouble IndicatorThere is a malfunction in the 4WD system.
The front wheel or tire diameters are different from those on the rear.
The vehicles speed should be reduced immediately and taken to your dealer or authorized service center as soon as possible for servicing.
Exhaust Particulate Filter WarningInitially used only for diesel powered vehicles, filters have been added to exhaust systems in direct injected gasoline powered vehicles as well.
Exhaust Particulate Filter WarningInitially used only for diesel powered vehicles, filters have been added to exhaust systems in direct injected gasoline powered vehicles as well.
Exhaust Particulate Filter WarningInitially used only for diesel powered vehicles, filters have been added to exhaust systems in direct injected gasoline powered vehicles as well.
Exhaust Particulate Filter WarningInitially used only for diesel powered vehicles, filters have been added to exhaust systems in direct injected gasoline powered vehicles as well.
Water in Fuel IndicatorFuel filters need to be serviced.
Water in Fuel IndicatorFuel filters need to be serviced.
Water in Fuel IndicatorFuel filters need to be serviced.
Blind Spot Warning or Monitoring SystemA vehicle is detected in the blind spot.
The light may flash while the turn signal is operated.
Blind Spot Warning or Monitoring SystemA vehicle is detected in the blind spot.
The light may flash while the turn signal is operated.
Blind Spot Warning or Monitoring SystemA vehicle is detected in the blind spot.
The light may flash while the turn signal is operated.
Lane Departure WarningThe vehicle is traveling close to either the left or the right of the traveling lane.
Lane Departure WarningThe vehicle is traveling close to either the left or the right of the traveling lane.
Lane Departure WarningThe vehicle is traveling close to either the left or the right of the traveling lane.
Intelligent Lane Intervention IndicatorThe system operates when the vehicle is driven at speeds over 45 mph, and only when the lane markings are clearly visible on the road.
The system will make small steering corrections keeping the vehicle in its lane.
Collision Warning System and MalfunctionPCS stands for Pre Collision, or Crash, System.
Collision Warning System and MalfunctionCMBS or Collision Mitigation Brake System.
Collision Warning System and MalfunctionFCW stands for Forward Collision Warning System.
Distance Warning IndicatorA vehicle in front is too close or is being approached too quickly, or that a stationary obstacle exists in the direction of travel.
Distance Warning IndicatorA vehicle in front is too close or is being approached too quickly, or that a stationary obstacle exists in the direction of travel.
Reverse Automatic Braking (RAB) IndicatorA fault in the RAB system that will require a qualified service shop.
Reverse Automatic Braking (RAB) IndicatorThe RAB system has been switched off.
Reverse Automatic Braking (RAB) IndicatorThe RAB system has been switched off.
Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS) IndicatorIt will be visible when the system is turned off or has experienced a fault.
Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS) IndicatorIt will be visible when the system is turned off or has experienced a fault.
Power Top Trouble IndicatorIndicate trouble with the power top system, before the top is opened or closed.
It comes on during a systems check when the vehicle is started and will stay on if a fault is detected.
It will also come on during operation of the top and stay on if the process is not fully completed.
Power Top Trouble IndicatorIndicate trouble with the power top system, before the top is opened or closed.
It comes on during a systems check when the vehicle is started and will stay on if a fault is detected.
It will also come on during operation of the top and stay on if the process is not fully completed.
Differential and Axle Lock IndicatorsThe option to lock the differential may be available in an all-wheel drive vehicle.
Turn it on only if you become stuck in mud or snow, or if you are driving on a loose surface off road at low speeds.
A symbol featuring all four wheels will appear on the instrument panel when the lock is in use.
Differential and Axle Lock IndicatorsThe option to lock the differential may be available in an all-wheel drive vehicle.
Turn it on only if you become stuck in mud or snow, or if you are driving on a loose surface off road at low speeds.
A symbol featuring all four wheels will appear on the instrument panel when the lock is in use.
Differential and Axle Lock IndicatorsThe option to lock the differential may be available in an all-wheel drive vehicle.
Turn it on only if you become stuck in mud or snow, or if you are driving on a loose surface off road at low speeds.
A symbol featuring all four wheels will appear on the instrument panel when the lock is in use.
4 Wheel Drive Indicator4 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 Indicator4 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 Indicator4 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 Indicator4 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 Indicator4 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.
Power and Sport Mode Indicator
Snow Mode Indicator
Snow Mode Indicator
Overdrive Off IndicatorThe vehicle’s overdrive capability has been turned off.
If this was not intended, look for an O/D on / off switch, most likely on the console or possibly on the dashboard.
Power Limitation IndicatorIs used exclusively in electric vehicles.
Power has been reduced due to a fault.
It can be driven but will need the attention of your dealer or authorized service center for repair as soon as possible.
EV Charging IndicatorIt will be illuminated or blinking while the vehicle’s main battery is being charged and will turn off when it is fully charged.
EV (Electric Vehicle) System Warning and Hybrid Service IndicatorIt warns of an imminent threat from one of many EV systems.
EV (Electric Vehicle) System Warning and Hybrid Service IndicatorIt warns of an imminent threat from one of many EV systems.
Remote Charge Timer Setting IndicatorThe indicator will be seen when the remote charge timer has been scheduled.
Lamp Out IndicatorOne or more of the headlamp bulbs or other bulbs is burned out or malfunctioning.
This is another symbol that may utilize an exclamation point, which always indicates a problem,

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Green indicator lights

Nissan green symbols
Green indicator lights tell you that a feature or function of your Nissan vehicle that is currently active.
Dashboard warning lightNameMessage / Meaning
Security and Immobilizer System IndicatorThe ignition switch is locked and will need the proper transponder-equipped key fob to start or re-start.
Flash when the vehicle is immobilized.
Drive Mode Indicator
Drive Mode Indicator
Drive Mode Indicator
Drive Mode Indicator
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.
Suspension Setting and Malfunction Indicator SymbolsA Sport setting will stiffen the ride
Suspension Setting and Malfunction Indicator SymbolsA Comfort or Soft setting will soften the ride.
Low Speed, Grade and Terrain Assist IndicatorA given symbol will be active when the system is activated. Makers of 4-wheel drive vehicles have developed systems to help drivers in rugged or slippery terrain or steep grades.
Low Speed, Grade and Terrain Assist IndicatorA given symbol will be active when the system is activated. Makers of 4-wheel drive vehicles have developed systems to help drivers in rugged or slippery terrain or steep grades.
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.
Active or Advanced Cruise Control IndicatorThe system is responding to traffic ahead and the arrow indicates a speed has been set.
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 responding to traffic ahead and the arrow indicates a speed has been set.
Lamp Out IndicatorOne or more of the headlamp bulbs or other bulbs is burned out or malfunctioning.
Fog Lamp IndicatorLight passing through the fog.
Park Lamp or Tail Light (Canada) IndicatorAll the lights, except the headlights, are in use.
Turn Signal IndicatorThe arrows flash individually with the turn signal switch and together with the hazard switch
Keyless Ignition Detection IndicatorIndicate 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.
Brake Hold IndicatorThe lights describe systems that keeps the brakes applied when the vehicle is stopped and other conditions are met.
They indicate that the system is on and functioning properly.
Brake Hold IndicatorThe lights describe systems that keeps the brakes applied when the vehicle is stopped and other conditions are met.
They indicate that the system is on and functioning properly.
Brake Hold IndicatorThe lights describe systems that keeps the brakes applied when the vehicle is stopped and other conditions are met.
They indicate that the system is on and functioning properly.
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.
Snow Mode Indicator
Hybrid Ready IndicatorThese indicators effectively tell a driver when a hybrid vehicle can move.
This is a replacement of sorts for the sound of a running gasoline engine, since in many cases, the gasoline engine will not be needed on start up.
Hybrid Ready IndicatorThese indicators effectively tell a driver when a hybrid vehicle can move.
This is a replacement of sorts for the sound of a running gasoline engine, since in many cases, the gasoline engine will not be needed on start up.
Electric Vehicle (EV) Operation IndicatorMost hybrid vehicles give the driver the option to choose to use only the electric motor(s), at least in special situations.
This symbol will appear on the instrument panel when a switch – likely showing the same symbol – is activated.
EV Charging Indicator SymbolsIt will be illuminated or blinking while the vehicle’s main battery is being charged and will turn off when it is fully charged.
Headlamp Indicator SymbolThe headlamps are turned on.

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Blue indicator lights

Dashboard warning lightNameMeaning / Message
High beam indicatorLong-distance headlights are on. High-beams are active
Remote Charge Timer Setting IndicatorThe indicator will be seen when the remote charge timer has been scheduled. It features a clock face and hands interrupted by an electrical plug.
Automatic Headlight Dimmer or Malfunction IndicatorThe symbols indicates 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 IndicatorThe symbols indicates 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.

Conclusion

Keep in mind, you should schedule a service appointment at your earliest convenience when any of your Nissan dashboard symbols show up in yellow or orange. If any of the light 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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