Toyota Corolla Dashboard Light Guide

The Toyota Corolla is a dependable sedan with many features to ensure it runs smoothly throughout Toyota Corolla Dealer San DiegoSan Diego, Kearny Mesa, and El Cajon. Sometimes, though, you’ll see a light appear on your vehicle’s dashboard whose meaning may be unknown to you. In this Toyota Corolla dashboard light guide, our team at Norm Reeves Toyota San Diego will go over the differences between indicator and warning lights, and what you should do if any pop up on your vehicle’s dash.

Corolla Indicator Lights

An indicator light simply shows you which systems are currently being used on your Toyota Corolla. Some of these lights are…

  • Headlight indicator: This symbol looks like a light bulb and indicates when your headlights are on
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  • Headlight high beam indicator: This light is a sold circular shape with several solid lines to the left of it, and will appear when your high beams are on.
  • Eco driving indicator light (if equipped): Appears as a solid curved block with the words ECO inside in all caps. When operating the Corolla in eco-friendly acceleration, this light will turn on.
  • AIR BAG ON/OFF indicator: This light saying PASSENGER, then AIRBAG OFF and AIRBAG ON underneath. If it detects that someone is in the front passenger seat, the word ON will be highlighted. If no one is sitting there, then OFF will be highlighted.
  • Dynamic radar cruise control indicator: This symbol appears as an odometer with a small arrow above it, and comes on when the dynamic radar cruise control system is in use.

While none of these lights indicate any malfunctions within the Toyota Corolla, if they appear when those systems aren’t in use or don’t turn off when they should, then you’ll need to bring your vehicle to our local service center.

Corolla Warning Lights

When a warning light appears, it means that either a system isn’t working properly, or there’s an issue with your Corolla that needs to be addressed immediately. Some of these lights are…

  • Brake system warning light: When the word BRAKE appears on your dash, there are several things that could mean. The brake fluid could be low, the brake system could be malfunctioning, or the parking brake could be down. Be sure to pull over when it’s safe to see if the parking brake has been released. If the parking brake is up and the light is still on, then you’ll need to contact us immediately.
  • Electric power steering system warning light: This light looks like a steering wheel with an exclamation point next to it. If it appears on your dash, then there’s something wrong with the electric power steering system, and your Corolla will need to be looked at right away.
  • Low fuel level warning light: This symbol looks like a gas station pump, and indicates that your fuel level is at about two gallons or less. You’ll need to refuel the vehicle as soon as possible.
  • Tire pressure warning light (if equipped): If you see what looks like an exclamation point inside an open circle, then one or more of your tires could be low on air. If the light stays on after filling your tires, then have the system checked as soon as you can. Also, if the lights comes on after blinking for a minute, then there’s a malfunction, and it needs to be looked at by our service technicians.
  • ABS warning light: The letters “ABS” indicate there’s something wrong with either the anti-lock braking system (ABS) or the brake assist system. If this light appears, have your vehicle looked at immediately.

Schedule Service Today!

If any of the lights, or any other symbols, appear on your Toyota Corolla dashboard, schedule an appointment with our state-of-the-art service center as soon as possible. Our highly trained technicians at Norm Reeves Toyota San Diego will work carefully and efficiently to get you back on the roads of San Diego, Kearny Mesa, and El Cajon as soon as possible. Contact our service department today.


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