Volkswagen Atlas Dashboard Lights
An SUV like the Volkswagen Atlas is designed to keep you safe and informed. One of the ways it does that is with its dashboard lights. These can tell you everything from serious service problems to reminding you that a feature has been activated.
What do each of these lights mean? To help drivers in Toms River, Brick, and Freehold know what their SUV is trying to say, Toms River Volkswagen looks at some of the most important Volkswagen Atlas dashboard lights. Schedule a service appointment or give us a call to get started.
Green lights are nothing to worry about. They’re just letting you know that a system, part, or feature is on and working. You’re probably already familiar with them. Some of the green lights that you may have seen include:
- Shift Lock – This light looks like a shoe inside a circle. It’s there to remind you that you need to put your foot on the brake pedal before you can shift into gear.
- Daytime Running Lights – When you see the letters DRL, it means that your daytime running lights are on.
Most of the warning lights on your dashboard are yellow. Their purpose is to let you know that there’s been a malfunction. While yellow lights do signal a problem, they’re not urgent. You can continue driving your Volkswagen Atlas, but you should schedule service as quickly as possible. Putting off an appointment to deal with a yellow light can make the problem worse or lead to other issues. Some of the yellow lights you should be aware of are:
- Low Oil – If you see a dashboard light that looks like an old-fashioned oil can, think of it as a maintenance reminder. It’s telling you that your engine is low on oil and needs a routine oil change.
- ABS – The letters ABS stand for anti-lock braking system. This light is a warning that your ABS system has malfunctioned. You can still come to a stop using your regular brakes, but you should have your Volkswagen Atlas checked out right away.
- Brake Pad Wear Indicator – This is another maintenance reminder. It’s telling you that it’s time to get your brake pads replaced. This light looks like a circle inside some parentheses. After seeing this light, you might also hear your brakes start to squeak.
- Brake Light Bulb Out – Brake lights play a key role in preventing fender benders. When one of them needs a new light bulb, you’ll see a yellow light that looks like a light bulb inside a circle.
- Airbag/Seatbelt System – This light features a person sitting and strapped in with a circle in front of them. It’s an indication that there’s either a problem with the airbag system or the automatic tensioning system of the front seatbelts.
- Check Engine – When there’s a malfunction or a problem with your engine, you’ll see a dashboard light that looks like your engine block. While several problems under the hood can trigger this light, it’s usually a sign that something isn’t working right with the emissions control system. To avoid other issues, get your engine looked at right away.
- Transmission Malfunction – A yellow exclamation point inside a gear signals transmission trouble. Like the Check Engine light, this can be caused by a few different issues. Schedule service right away to avoid more serious transmission problems.
- Power Steering System – A light that looks like your steering wheel means there’s a problem with your power steering system. Usually, the cause is low power steering fluid. You might also feel some resistance when you turn the steering wheel.
- Tire Pressure – This light looks like an exclamation inside some parentheses and can mean two things. First, there may be a malfunction with your tire pressure monitoring system. Second, one of your tires may have low air pressure.
Red warning lights should not be ignored. These are urgent warnings that indicate it is not safe to continue driving. If you see one, find a safe place to pull over as soon as possible, then take your Volkswagen Atlas to our service center. Some important red lights to watch out for include:
- Oil Pressure – If you weren’t able to get an oil change after seeing the yellow low oil light, you’ll eventually see the same icon in red. Without adequate oil pressure, the parts of your engine will start heating up and have a hard time moving without proper lubrication. Find a safe spot to pull over and turn the engine off. Continuing to drive without the right oil pressure can damage your engine.
- Coolant – If you see a dashboard light that looks like a thermometer floating on some waves, it can mean that you’re low on coolant or that your engine is already overheating. It’s not safe or good for your SUV to keep driving. Turn the engine off and let it cool down.
- Transmission Overheating – When your transmission is low on fluid and starts overheating, you’ll see a similar red light. This one looks like a thermometer inside a gear. Continuing to drive can cause damage to your transmission that may result in it being stuck in gear.
- Charging System – A light that looks like your car battery means that there’s something wrong with the charging system. Either the battery is low, dead, or there’s a problem with your alternator.
- Brake System – If there’s a malfunction with your main brake system, you’ll see a red exclamation mark inside a circle. It’s not safe to drive with faulty brakes, so pull over and call a tow truck right away.
VW Service Center
If you see any of these red or yellow warning lights, schedule service with Toms River VW. We have a team of highly trained technicians to help drivers in Toms River, Brick, and Freehold get back on the road. To learn more about these and other Volkswagen Atlas dashboard lights, contact us or visit our service center.