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Warning Lights Explained

Charge System Warning

Charge System Warning Example

If your Lincoln has detected an issue with the power from the battery not making it to the electrical system this warning will appear.

It looks like a battery from the side with the positive and negative icons inside of it, most likely illuminated red.

The cause of this can range from a dying (or not sufficiently charged) battery through to a faulty alternator or even a problem with the wiring.


Brake Warning

Brake Warning Example

An icon showing the word BRAKE in capital letters illuminated red signifies a problem with the brakes.

It could be as simple as the parking brake (or handbrake as it’s known in some regions) being left on while attempting to drive off.

On the other end of the spectrum, it could be suggesting that a problem with the brake system has occurred and if this is the case seek professional help.


Power Steering Warning

Power Steering Warning Example

What looks like a steering wheel with an exclamation mark next to it is probably a power steering alert.

You may have a faulty power steering pump or an issue with the fluids that transfer the power.

Try turning the car off and then on to see if the error remains, if it does seek professional help for your Nissan.


Airbag Warning

Airbag Warning Example

Seeing an icon featuring the side-profile of an occupant with a large circle in front of them signifies a problem with the airbags.

It will illuminate red to show the significance of this issue and requires immediate attention from the driver.

Seek help from a Nissan dealership as several of the safety systems built into your car may not work in the event of an accident.


Seat Belt Reminder

Seat Belt Reminder Example

A simple reminder icon that appears as a passenger with a set of seat belts around them is telling you that an occupant isn’t wearing their safety belt.

The car knows this by detecting weight on one or more car seats using a pressure pad underneath the seat.

If this light persists with no one sat on any of the seats and you have no cargo resting on them either then you may have a fault somewhere.


Security Warning

Security Warning Example

An icon showing the front of a car with a lock overlapping it represents the security warning indicator in a Nissan.

This warning can be quite vague as it can cover various security systems in different Nissan models.

It could be as simple as a low battery in your keyfob all the way through to a fault in your immobilizer.


Gas Cap Warning

Gas Cap Warning Example

An orange/yellow warning light showing what looks like a screw being taken out of the side of a car will most probably mean your car believes the gas cap is loose.

Pullover and tighten this cap and if this does not fix this (even after a complete restart of the car) seek help from a trained mechanic.

A loose gas cap warning could also be caused by a leak in the fuel line system and on some higher pressure fuel systems can cause the engine to act erratically.


Key Warning

Key Warning Example

If you see a red key with an exclamation mark through it stay on solidly then a fault has been detected in the key-less entry system.

This will most probably affect the key-less start system too if the key is not detected so keep that in mind.

Seek help from a Nissan dealership as soon as possible.


Brake Pedal Operation Warning

Brake Pedal Operation Warning Example

A red shoe pushing on a brake pedal in a Nissan would signal that the auto-hold brake function has stopped working and is usually followed by an audio alert.

If an audio alert is not accompanying the flashing at the same time then it could mean that the brake auto-hold system is struggling to hold the vehicle in place.

The brake auto-hold system is used to hold the car in place even if you take your foot off the brake pedal and is canceled when you touch the accelerator.


Master Warning Light

Master Warning Light Example

If your Nissan is displaying a solid (or the outline of a) triangle with an exclamation mark inside as a solid illumination of yellow/orange or even red then this is a master warning.

This is a serious fault that means your car is suffering from a fault and should be accompanied by a message – if not check with a trained mechanic to find out what is causing this.


Check Engine Light

Check Engine Light Example

If the words “check engine” or an outline of a transmission flashes up persistently in orange (or red) on your Nissan’s dashboard then that means your engine has detected a fault.

Try switching your car off and then on again and see if the problem persists (as random fluctuations on the sensors can set it off), if it does then seek help from a trained mechanic.


Electronic Parking Brake Warning

Electronic Parking Brake Warning Example

A letter “P” in a circle with an exclamation mark and 2 brake pads on the outside signals that your Nissan’s electronic parking brake system is faulty.

This is a serious issue that needs to get sorted as quickly as possible, not being able to apply the parking brake can be dangerous during driving and when parking your car.


Driver Attention Alert

Driver Attention Alert Example

An orange coffee cup lighting up on your Nissan’s dashboard is most probably the car telling you that the driver’s attention alert system is faulty.

This system that monitors driving patterns to detect a driver that is less attentive is important for safety so get the car check out by a professional.


Radar Cruise Control Warning

Radar Cruise Control Warning Example

A speedometer with a car and arrow hovering above it would suggest that there is a problem with your radar cruise control system in your car.

If the light remains on even after switching the car off seek help from a Nissan dealership.


Traction Control OFF

Traction Control OFF Example

A warning light showing a car with waves underneath but including the word “OFF” suggests that the traction control system has been turned off.

Turning the traction control off in most cars is harder than accidentally flicking a switch and usually resets itself shortly afterward anyway.

If you experience this warning constantly then there may be a fault in the system and you should get it checked out.


Traction Control Warning

Traction Control Warning Example

A solid yellow/orange illuminating warning on the dashboard showing a car with wavy lines below is a fault in the traction control system.

The indicator will light up for a small amount of time if it detects a loss of traction and it interferes with the control of the car.

If the symbol remains on constantly then it is important that a trained Nissan mechanic checks it out.


Smart Brake Warning

Smart Brake Warning Example

A series of cars with a star and an exclamation mark next to them could be a sign that the smart brake system is faulty.

This is the name of the Nissan braking system that uses radar to detect an obstacle in front of the car and applies the brakes automatically.

Driving without this safety aid is not recommended and the cause could be down to a dirty radar sensor.


Tire Pressure Warning

Tire Pressure Warning Example

A warning that looks like the cutaway of a tire (or maybe a cooking pot) with an exclamation mark in the center is to let you know that one or more tires are experiencing low pressure.

Check that the pressure is correct in all tires yourself or at a mechanics garage. If the warning light remains then you may have a fault in the system.

If the warning flashes rather than stays solid then this may be because the pressure drop is rapid.


LED Headlight Warning

LED Headlight Warning Example

A downward-facing light-bulb with an exclamation mark inside lighting up on the dashboard of your Nissan represents that the LED headlight system is faulty.

The danger of this is that as soon as you require your lights (at night or in a tunnel) you may find that they don’t work, seek help from a trained mechanic or repair shop.


Power Steering Warning

Power Steering Warning Example

A steering wheel with an exclamation mark next to it illuminated orange/yellow or even red suggest a problem with the power steering in your Nissan.

If the warning light remains after you have restarted the car then seek help from a trained mechanic.


Blind Spot Warning

Blind Spot Warning Example

A warning light consisting of 2 cars side by side with a radar effect between them is most probably your blind-spot warning system informing you it has detected something.

The blind spot is commonly known as the area of vision that is missing from most drivers’ field of view.

Seeing this warning flash-up should prompt you to double-check your blind spot before merging lanes or turning.


Lane Keep Assist Warning

Lane Keep Assist Warning Example

A symbol of what appears to be a car straying away from between two lines (solid or broken) represents that your lane-keep assist system is faulty.

If a restart of the car does not fix this then the system is most probably faulty and needs to be seen by a technician.

Continuing to drive without this system is possible but it can’t be relied on while this warning light is illuminated.


Automatic Transaxle Warning

Automatic Transaxle Warning Example

A simple warning that shows the letters “AT” on your dashboard is most probably a warning that your automatic transaxle is faulty.

The automatic transaxle is the combination of an automatic transmission and axle which connects directly to the differential driving the wheels.

Continuing to drive while this warning is present is not advised as it can damage the transmission leading to a large repair bill.


Low Fuel Warning

Low Fuel Warning Example

If you have an orange/yellow warning light of what looks like an old-fashioned fuel pump then it’s most probably because your fuel is low.

If filling your Nissan with fuel does not rectify this then seek a trained mechanic.


Low Washer Fluid Warning

Low Washer Fluid Warning Example

A yellow/orange warning light showing what looks like a fountain over an open book suggests that the windscreen washing fluid is low.

Top this up under the bonnet by looking for a cap that has a similar (if not the same) looking symbol on top with water mixed with anti-freeze (or a ready-mixed solution).

If the warning light remains on even after you top the fluid up and you have restarted the car check with a trained mechanic.


Gas Cap Warning

Gas Cap Warning Example

An orange/yellow warning light showing what looks like a screw being taken out of the side of a car will most probably mean your Nissan believes the gas cap is loose.

Pull over and tighten this cap and if this does not fix this (even after a complete restart of the car) seek help from a trained mechanic.

A loose gas cap warning could also be caused by a leak in the fuel line system and on some higher pressure fuel systems can cause the engine to act erratically.


High Beam Control Warning

High Beam Control Warning Example

The high beam control system diverts the high-powered lights away from oncoming traffic and if you see an “A” in a semi-circle with lines coming from it then the system has detected a fault.

Seeking help from a trained mechanic if the problem continues even after switching the car off is wise as this can be dangerous for other road users if not fixed.


ABS Warning

ABS Warning Example

If the letters “ABS” light up orange on your dashboard persistently and do not go away after restarting the car then you may have an issue with the brake-assist system.

Continuing to drive while the ABS system is not fully functioning is not advised but possible.

You will have lost the added benefit that ABS brings in potential accidents due to a loss of traction while braking.

Seek help from a trained mechanic or Mazda dealership as soon as possible.


About Nissan

Nissan Logo

The roots of Nissan trace back to 1914 when Masujiro Hashimoto began manufacturing cars through his newly formed Kwaishinsha Motor Car Works company.

Later on, he merged with DAT Motors and the two companies worked together on various automobile and commercial truck lines.

The “Nissan” name appeared for the first time when the new partnership floated on the Japanese stock exchange, it was the abbreviated code used to denote it.

In 1934 the automobile wing of the partnership was spun-off into its own brand and took the Nissan name with it as its umbrella brand.

Thanks to the addition of American-born William R. Gorham the company managed to excel in many technologies.

He is credited as essentially creating the company that we know as Nissan today with his innovations.

In the later part of the 1930s, the company began working with British automaker Austin and started manufacturing their models under license from them.

This exploded and continued through to the 1950s where the company then managed to develop a lot of their own technologies off the back of the Austin patents.

During the 1960s Nissan merged with the Prince automobile manufacturer and absorbed many of their sports lines under their own brand, such as the Skyline.

Nowadays you can find Nissan automobiles all over the world across many different segments of the market including the Frontier pickup truck and the Micra supermini.

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