Vauxhall Warning Lights

It can be a stressful experience when a light shows up on your dashboard and you have no idea what it means – no matter whether you’ve had the car for years or its brand new, this comprehensive Vauxhall guide is here to give you the information you need. 

There are different stages of Vauxhall warning lights and different processes to follow depending on which warning you see: 

RED - This means you need to pull over as soon as it is safe to do so. There could be a serious problem with your car and so it’s important to get it checked as soon as possible to prevent further damage and keep you safe. 

YELLOW - This means that some form of action is required. It is generally safe to continue driving, however you should look at getting your Vauxhall booked in at one of our Quest Motor Group dealerships as soon as possible. 

GREEN - This is simply driver information, there to help keep you safe on the roads. It is advised to keep an eye on these lights to ensure you are aware of what’s going on. 

ELECTRONIC PARKING BRAKE APPLIED

This simply indicates that the Vauxhall parking brake has been applied. ​

Action

​You do not need to do anything in this instance.

MANUAL PARKING BRAKE / CLUTCH FLUID LEVEL

This indicates that your brake / clutch fluid is low and as a result, stopping ability may be reduced. 

Action 

Pull over as soon as it is safe to do so and give our team a call.

BATTERY CHARGING SYSTEM 

A fault has occurred in the charging system if this light illuminates whilst driving. 

Action 

Pull over as soon as it is safe to do so and switch off the engine. It is important to not continue driving. Get in touch with the team at Quest Motor Group for further assistance.

IMMOBILISER SYSTEM FAULT

This signifies a fault and as such, the engine cannot be started. 

Action

Give our team at Quest Motor Group a call for immediate assistance and advice.

ENGINE / TRANSMISSION

This indicates that there is a major fault with the engine. 

Action 

Pull over as soon as it is safe to do so and give our team at Quest a call for further advice. 

ENGINE COOLANT TEMPERATURE

If this warning signal illuminates whilst you are driving, it signifies that the coolant temperature is too high. 

Action 

As soon as it is safe to do so, stop the vehicle and turn off the engine. Once you feel the vehicle has had a chance to cool down, restart the engine and see if the warning light has disappeared. If it continues to show, call our team at Quest Motor Group for further instruction. ​

ENGINE OIL PRESSURE 

This indicates a fault with the engine lubrication system which can result in significant engine damage. 

Action 

Pull over as soon as it is safe to do so and check the oil level. Once you return to your vehicle, if the warning light remains on, contact our team at Quest Motor Group Vauxhall. 

'DOOR OPEN' 

This indicates that one of the doors has been left open. 

Action

As soon as it is safe to do so, check all doors have been closed securely. 

Bonnet

BONNET OPEN

This indicates that the bonnet has been left open. 

Action 

As soon as it is safe to do so, stop the car and close the bonnet. 

DRIVER SEAT BELT REMINDER

This warning light indicates that the drivers seat belt has not been plugged in.

Action

Ensure that you, the driver, and any passengers have their seat-belt fastened correctly.

POWER STEERING FAULT

This may illuminate to signify that power steering assistance is reduced due to overheating. 

Action 

The light should extinguish once the system has cooled down, however, if the light remains on continuously, give our team a call at Quest Motor Group. 

Airbag

AIRBAG AND SEATBELT PRETENSIONERS

Typically, the airbag system has malfunctioned. Deployment of the airbags and/or seat belt pretensioners may fail to trigger in the event of an accident. 

Action 

Have your air bag system serviced at Quest Motor Group as soon as possible.

Yellow Warning Lights

LOW WASHER FLUID

This signifies that the windscreen washer fluid is low. 

Action

As soon as it is convenient for you, re-fill the washer fluid tank and the light should disappear. 

SPEED LIMITER IS ON

This indicates that the speed limiter is on, preventing the car from travelling over a certain speed set by the driver. 

Action

No action is necessary, unless you need to switch this feature off. 

ANTILOCK BRAKE SYSTEM (ABS)

If the ABS warning light comes on when driving, this means there is a fault. 

Action

Once you have reached your destination, give our team a call to get your Vauxhall booked in. 

LOW ENGINE OIL LEVEL

This indicates that there is a low engine oil level. 

Action

As soon as it is safe to do so, pull over and re-fill the oil tank. Once you have returned to the vehicle, ensure that the light is no longer on. 

FUEL LEVEL

This indicates that your fuel level is low.

Action

Refuel at your nearest petrol garage as soon as is convenient.

ICY ROAD CONDITIONS

This indicates that the road conditions may be icy. 

Action

Ensure to take extra caution when driving in icy conditions.

TYRE PRESSURE LOSS

If this illuminates yellow, this means that the system has detected a loss of pressure in one or more tyres. 

Action

Stop as soon as it is safe to do so and check the tyre pressures yourself. If the light continues to display, give our team at Quest Motor Group a call. 

BRAKE PADS WORN

If this light illuminates when you are driving, this means that your brake pads have become too thin. 

Action

Once you arrive at your destination, give our team at Vauxhall a call to get your car booked in. 

ELECTRONIC PARKING BRAKE

This indicates that there may be a fault with the electronic parking brake. 

Action

In this instance you should attempt to reset the system by switching on the ignition and then apply and release the electric parking brake. Should the warning light still appear, give our team a call at Quest Motor Group.

ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL

This means that a fault has been detected with the system. 

Action

It is safe to continue driving but you should contact one of our team when you reach your destination for further diagnosis. 

‘SERVICE VEHICLE SOON"

This signifies that your Vauxhall needs servicing.

Action

As soon as is convenient for you, give our team at Quest Motor Group Vauxhall a call to get booked in for a serviceText here ...

EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM

This means that there is a fault with the engine emissions control system. 

Action

You should immediately ease off the accelerator until the light stops flashing. Once you have arrived at your destination, call our team at Quest for further examination. 

Green Warning Lights

LANE DEPARTURE

If the light illuminates in green, this simply means that the Lane Departure function is switched on. If this illuminates yellow, it means there is an unintended lane change as one of the following was not recognised: No operation of turn signals, no brake pedal operation and/or no active acceleration. 

Action

No action is required.

FRONT FOG LIGHTS

This indicates that your front fog lights have been activated. 

Action

No action is required unless you wish to turn your fog lights off. 

"UPSHIFT RECOMMENDED"

This indicates when it is best to shift to a higher gear for optimum fuel economy. 

Action

Should you wish, you can use this as a guide for when to change gear. 

HIGH BEAM

This indicates that your high beam headlight is activated and in many instances, will illuminate in blue.

Action

No action is required unless you wish to turn your full beam headlights off. 

We hope that our Vauxhall warning light guide has been useful but should you have any problems or require further advice, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team here at Quest Motor Group today.