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What Is Your BMW Communicating?

The main way your BMW communicates with you is via dashboard indicator lights or dashboard warning lights, so it is imperative to understand the meaning of these illuminated symbols. Please note, dashboard indicator lights may vary slightly in design between the various BMW models. As these symbols illuminate, you will notice various colors, which communicate the priority level of the warning. The meaning and priority of the colors are listed below.

  • Red – Communicates a warning that requires immediate attention.
  • Orange and Yellow – Designates a warning that is not critical but requires attention as soon as possible.
  • Blue and Green – Indicates the BMW has features or technology that is currently active.

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1. Front fog lamp is on.

2. Rear fog lamp is on.

3. Turn signal is on.

4. High-beams are active.

5. Short headlamps and stop lights are on.

6. Either the parking, brake, rear fog, turn signal, interior, or license plate lamps are faulty.

7. The outer brake lamp is faulty.


8. Indicates a malfunction of the headlight control system.

9. Adaptive light system warning light.

10. The short headlights are on.

11. Battery charge warning light indicates no charge in the battery, caused by either a dead battery, faulty battery, an alternator malfunction.

12. There is a faulty exterior lamp.

13. Indicates the drive system is off.

14. Indicates a lighting, traction control, or other electrical problem.





15. Indicates to press the brake pedal so that the engine starts.

16. Indicates the diesel particulate filter is filled with excess air (in diesel BMWs only).

17. Warns that the Catalytic Convertor is faulty.

18. Warns the water level in the fuel filter has increased.

19. Indicates the engine air filter needs attention or replacement.

20. Warns the engine is overheated.

21. BMW engine fuel filter needs attention or replacement.




22. Warns of a decrease in fuel level.

23. Warns of a drop in engine oil pressure.

24. Indicates an engine issue and your BMW needs service. If you are blinking, the issue is more serious.

25. The BMW engine has limited engine power output.

26. An oil change is needed.

27. The gas gauge is not properly tightened.

28. The filter needs attention (diesel vehicles only).





29. Exhaust fluid level is low (diesel vehicles only).

30. Brake pads are worn.

31. Indicates the need to press the brake pedal to operate the automatic shift lever (automatic transmission vehicles only).

32. Air suspension warning light.

33.  The suspension system failed.

34. Indicates the BMW transmission is faulty.

35. Warns that the gear box is operating at an improper temperature.





36. Indicates inclement weather.

37. Indicates rain.

38. Windshield defrost is active.

39. Rear de-fog is active.

40.  Rain sensor is active.

41. The automatic windshield wiper is active.

42. Indicates the engine glow plugs have warmed up and that the engine should not be run until this light is turned off (diesel vehicles only).





43. Winter mode is active for snowy or slippery roads.

44. Track distance warning sign.

45. Warning that the speed limit has been exceeded.

46. Cruise control is active.

47. Warns that lane change occured without turn signal.

48. Indicates BMW doors are open.

49. Warning a BMW door or trunk are open.





50. Seat-belt is not buckled.

51. Warns of low tire pressure.

52. The key is not in the vehicle.

53. Indicates BMW is in park.

54. Parking assistance indicator.

55. Steering lock warning.

56. Airbag and seat belt system are defective.





57. BMW is in economy driving mode.

58. Warns there is a brake system issue.

59. Airbag system is off.

60. ABS warning light.

61. Cruise control is active.

62. Engine hood is open.

63. Trunk is open.





64. Indicates an error in your BMW ignition system.

65. Windshield fluid is low.

66. Indicates an error in the BMW safety system.

67. The BMW traction control is in use.

68. Indicates a problem with the BMW traction control.


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1275 Wilmington Pike
West Chester, PA, 19382 US
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