What Do The Jetta Warning Lights Mean?

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Let’s face it, a warning light on your dash can raise a lot of uncomfortable questions. Is it the harbinger of roadside disaster, or is it just a soft reminder for routine maintenance? Thankfully, VW Jetta warning lights are color-coded like traffic signals, making prognosis at first glance a breeze. Below we outline the finer points of Volkswagen Jetta dash light meanings.

Warning Light Colors

A rare warning light, like the EPC light, can strike terror in even the most experienced drivers. Luckily, the VW Jetta warning lights are color-coded into three easy categories. Below is a brief outline, and further on is a detailed description of each symbol.

  • Green: No worries! The green light simply indicates when a particular system is on.
  • Yellow: While a yellow light means proceed with caution, it doesn’t require immediate assistance. Still, it’s best to schedule a service sooner rather than later.
  • Red: A red light is the most severe and means you should deal with the issue as soon as possible.

Green Dashboard Light Indicators

  • Shift Lock: This light just reminds you to brake when you shift into gear.
  • Daytime Running Lights: This light means that your VW Jetta daytime running lights are currently on.

Yellow Dashboard Light Indicators

  • Brake Light Bulb Failure: When this light appears, one of your brake lights has burned out.
  • Brake Pad Wear: This light means you should have your brake pads checked.
  • Diesel Engine Pre-Glow: If this light is solid, your diesel engine pre-glow system is on. If it flashes, there’s a malfunction.
  • Electronic Power Control: There has been an engine malfunction that needs servicing soon.
  • Particulate Filter: This light, which is only for diesel engines, indicates that the filter is blocked.
  • License Plate Bulb Failure: Your license plate bulb has burned out.

Red Dashboard Light Indicators

  • Hybrid Drive System Malfunction: This only applies to Volkswagen Jetta Hybrids. If the light is yellow, schedule a service. If red, stop the car immediately and call Volkswagen Roadside Assistance.
  • Hood Open: This light means that your hood wasn’t properly shut.
  • Oil Pressure Warning: There is little or no oil pressure, and turning off your engine is necessary.
  • Alternator Low Voltage Output: Your charging system is malfunctioning, which can result in your battery dying.
  • DSG Transmission Too Hot: Your transmission is overheating, and it’s recommended that you allow the transmission to cool while shifting into park.

Where to Go When VW Jetta Warning Lights Appear

A warning light can be harrowing whether you’re running errands in %%target_ctiy_2%%, but it doesn’t have to be. With regular maintenance, we can keep any serious Volkswagen dash lights in check. In need or maintenance in the Tysons Corner area? Contact our stellar service team at Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles today! We also have tips for resetting your check engine light, and we can even show you the latest VW Jetta accessories.


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