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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This indicates that one of the doors has been left open.
As soon as it is safe to do so, check all doors have been closed securely.
This indicates that the bonnet has been left open.
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.
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.
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 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.
Have your air bag system serviced at Quest Motor Group as soon as possible.
LOW WASHER FLUID
This signifies that the windscreen washer fluid is low.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This indicates that your fuel level is low.
Refuel at your nearest petrol garage as soon as is convenient.
This indicates that the road conditions may be icy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It is safe to continue driving but you should contact one of our team when you reach your destination for further diagnosis.
This signifies that your Vauxhall needs servicing.
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EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM
This means that there is a fault with the engine emissions control system.
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.
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.
No action is required.
FRONT FOG LIGHTS
This indicates that your front fog lights have been activated.
No action is required unless you wish to turn your fog lights off.
This indicates when it is best to shift to a higher gear for optimum fuel economy.
Should you wish, you can use this as a guide for when to change gear.
This indicates that your high beam headlight is activated and in many instances, will illuminate in blue.
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.