Toyota Camry Dashboard Lights Explained
Your Toyota Camry uses dashboard lights to communicate about active features and potential issues. Certain dashboard symbols indicate normal vehicle operations (indicator lights), and others are letting you know that something is amiss (warning lights).
To help you know the difference between these symbols, our team has created a short and simple guide to the most common Toyota Camry dash lights. If a warning light appears on your dash as you drive around El Cajon, Lemon Grove, and Mission Valley, then bring your Camry to our service center as soon as possible.
Toyota Camry Dashboard Lights: Feature Indicators
The most common Toyota Camry dashboard symbols simply show the operating state of the various systems in your Camry. Some of these lights are:
- Headlight high beam indicator: This symbol has a curved shape with several horizonal lines to the left of it. It comes on when you put your high beams on, and should go off when you turn your high beams off.
- Parking brake indicator: When you see the word PARK in all capital letters, that just means your parking brake is down. Once you depress the parking brake pedal, the light should go off.
- Cruise control indicator: It looks like an odometer with a small arrow above it. The light will come on when you activate cruise control. When you press the switch to turn the system off, the light should then go away.
- Slip indicator: This indicator light appears as a car with curvy lines behind it, and inside a solid black rectangle. Vehicle Stability Control, or VSC, helps the vehicle stay in control when turning on slippery surfaces. This light will flash while the system is in operation.
- VSC OFF indicator: This light shows up as a car with curvy lines behind it and the word OFF underneath in all caps. It’ll turn on when the VSC system is off.
The indicator lights mentioned above don’t usually require attention. However, if a light that’s supposed to come on doesn’t, or if one should disappear and remains on, then you’ll need to have your Camry looked at by a professional.
Toyota Camry Warning Lights: Cause for Concern
Other dashboard symbols specify that there’s a possible malfunction with one of the car’s systems. If any of these Toyota Camry warning lights appear on your dash, you’ll most likely need to get your Toyota Camry looked at as soon as possible:
- Brake system warning light*: When you see BRAKE in all caps, the vehicle is low on brake fluid or the brake system is malfunctioning.
- Malfunction indicator lamp*: Commonly referred to as the check engine light, this warning symbol is a picture of an engine with the word CHECK underneath in all capital letters. If this light comes on, there’s a possible malfunction in the engine control system, the throttle control system, or the electronic automatic transmission control system.
- ABS warning light*: This warning lights simply appear as the letters “ABS” on the dashboard. When it appears, there’s something wrong with either the ABS (anti-lock braking system) or the brake assist system.
- Seat belt reminder light: It looks like a person wearing a seat belt. This comes on when either the driver or front-seat passenger doesn’t have their seat belt on. Once all belts are fastened, the light should turn off.
- Master warning light: Appears as an exclamation point inside a triangle. A buzzer will sound, and the light will flash when the master warning system has indicated a malfunction within the Camry and is showing a message in the multi-information display. If you see this exclamation point in your Toyota Camry, read the message at the earliest safe opportunity.
- Tire pressure warning light: This light shows up as an exclamation point inside an open circle. It’ll appear either when one or more of the tires is low on air, or when the tire pressure warning system isn’t working correctly. Fill your tires at a nearby gas station when it’s safe to do so.
The lights with an asterisk (*) next to them mean that the vehicle needs to be taken to our Toyota dealership immediately, as your Camry is no longer safe to drive. However, if any of these lights appear and won’t turn off when they’re supposed to, our professionals can fix the issue.
Check Your Toyota Camry Dash Lights with Our Service Center
If any of these dashboard symbols appear on your Toyota Camry, or if another light pops up that we didn’t mention, be sure to schedule a service appointment at Norm Reeves Toyota San Diego. Our certified technicians will get your Toyota Camry back on roads near El Cajon in no time at all.