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Faults and warning lights
What dashboard warning lights mean
In general, when it comes to cars:
- A red light means there's a serious fault and you should check it straight away
- An amber light is a warning and you should check it as soon as possible
- A green or blue light lets you know the system is on and operating
Normally, most dashboard warning lights and symbols should be on for three-to-five seconds after you turn on the ignition.
If it stays on while the engine is running, there's probably something wrong that needs to be fixed.
How to get help
If you notice a warning light or something unusual about the way your vehicle drives there are a few ways to get help.
- Look at your vehicle’s owner’s manual or the manufacturer’s website to see what each symbol means and what to do next
- Speak to your local dealer – their service department will give you advice and book your car in, if needed
- Call RAC Motability Assist on 0800 73 111 73 or download and contact them in the myRAC app(opens in a new window). They'll ask you questions about the problem, guide you on the next steps and if needed, send someone to check your vehicle. They can repair or change tyres, replace batteries or give your electric car a charge boost
If you download and register for myRAC by 31 December 2023, you could win one of five £100 Amazon vouchers. Learn more about myRAC and the terms.