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Brake System Warning Light
Indicates that the brake fluid level is low or the brake system is malfunctioning. This light also comes on when the parking brake is not released. If the light turns off after the parking brake is fully released, the system is operating normally.
Immediately stop the vehicle in a safe place and contact your Toyota dealer. Continuing to drive the vehicle may be dangerous.

Low Engine Oil Pressure Warning Light
Indicates that the engine oil pressure is too low.
Immediately stop the vehicle in a safe place and contact your Toyota dealer.

Hazard Light
The light should only be illuminated when the hazard lights are active. The light may flash along with the four-way flashers when active.

SRS Warning Light
Indicates a malfunction in the SRS airbag system, the front passenger occupant classification system or the seatbelt pretensioner system.
Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.

Tire Pressure Warning Light
When the light comes on indicates low tire inflation pressure, such as from natural causes, flat tire, adjust the tire inflation pressure (including the full-size spare tire) to the specified level. The light will turn off after a few minutes. In case the light does not turn off even if the tire inflation pressure is adjusted, have the system checked by your Toyota dealer. When the light comes on after blinking for one minute indicates a malfunction in the tire pressure warning system. Have the system checked by your Toyota dealer.

Front Fog Light Indicator*
Indicates that the fog lights have been turned on. The fog lights improve visibility in difficult driving conditions, such as in rain or fog. They can be turned on only when the headlights are on in low beam.
*If equipped.

Malfunction Indicator Lamp
Indicates a malfunction in the electronic engine control system, the Electronic Throttle Control System or the electronic automatic transmission control system.
Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.

Charging System Warning Light
Indicates a malfunction in the vehicle's charging system.
Immediately stop the vehicle in a safe place and contact your Toyota dealer.

Glow Plug
A diesel vehicle needs the glow plugs to warm up before it can be started. This light will remain illuminated when a key is first put in the ignition until the plugs are ready.
Have the system checked by your Toyota dealer.

ABS Warning Light
Indicates a malfunction in the ABS or the Brake Assist (BA) system.
Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.

Slip Indicator
If the vehicle is in danger of slipping, rolling backward when starting on an incline, or if the front wheels (2WD models) or four wheels (4WD models) spin, this indicator flashes to indicate that the VSC/TRAC systems have been engaged.

Low Fuel Level Warning Light
Indicates that remaining fuel is approximately 2.9 gal. (10.7 L, 2.4 imp.gal.) or less.
Correction procedure: Refuel the vehicle.

Brake Pedal Light
"Please depress the brake pedal." It can be illuminated when trying to start the vehicle and/or when attempting to put the vehicle into gear. Different vehicles can have a theme on this image.

Oil Temperature
A vehicle will perform optimally when properly warmed up. This light indicates the engine temperature is still low and is warning you not to drive too hard until the vehicle reaches proper operating temperatures.

Our cars today are equipped with powerful computers and sensors that are capable of detecting almost every problem inside the car, which helps our expert technicians diagnose exactly what's wrong with your car quickly and easily. However, all of those indicators on your dashboard can be scary and make you panic if you don't know what they mean.

Below is our guide to help you understand what those indicators mean, and what to do when they turn on.

What to do when your check engine light turns on:

The check engine light can be scary, but it's important to know that when this light turns on it is not an emergency. Your car will be able to continue running, and you do not need to panic.

There are a number of reasons why your check engine like may come on. The first and most common reason is a problem with your car's gas cap. If your gas cap is unscrewed, left loose or faulty this can cause the check engine light to turn on. So this should be the first thing to check.

If your gas cap appears to be fine then your check engine like is probably on for another reason, which may range anywhere from a faulty ignition coil, a failing catalytic converter, or a worn out spark plug. If you don't know what any of those are that's fine. Your car is not about to self-destruct! It does mean that you should have your car looked at and diagnosed by an expert Toyota Technician as soon as you can.

What to do when your tire pressure light turns on:

When our tire pressure light turns on we all naturally assume it's the worst-case scenario; a flat tire. However, this indicator does not necessarily mean that you need to pull over and change a tire.

Our tires are each equipped with sensors that monitor their air pressure. When the air pressure in one or more of our tires drops below the ideal level the car will let you know via the tire pressure light. If your vehicle is equipped with a full size spare you will need to check this tire as well and make sure it is inflated with the proper pressure.

If you notice that one of your tires is flat or if you notice an abnormal bounce on one side of your car then you will need to change your tire. If this is the case, then after changing the tire, it is important that you bring the damaged tire to a Toyota Technician in order to determine repair or replacement options.

However, there are a number of other things that can cause this light to turn on. Rapid changes in temperature can cause the pressure in our tires to drop or rise. So if your tire pressure light turns on but you do not have a flat tire, all you need to do have a professional check your tire pressure or check it manually at the nearest gas station with an air pump. The proper PSI that your tires should be inflated too can be found on the driver front door inner pillar.

If the tire pressure light continues to turn on after you have refilled your tires then there may be a small leak in the tire, and you should have it looked at by a technician.

What to do if your maintenance required light turns on:

The maintenance required light functions as a friendly reminder that your car is due for a routine maintenance. It is programmed to turn on every 5,000 miles, and is reset by your Toyota Technician every time your car is brought in for service.

So when you see your maintenance required light on call your Toyota dealership to schedule an appointment for service.

If you are experiencing issues with Toyota Dashboard Warning Lights, our expert technicians at Towne Toyota in Ledgewood, New Jersey are here to help. All Toyota vehicles such as the Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla, Toyota C-HR, and Toyota Prius are equipped with powerful computers and sensors which allow our expert Toyota technicians to quickly and efficiently diagnose Toyota Dashboard Warning Lights and have you back in your Toyota vehicle in no time. Schedule a service appointment to have all of your Toyota Dashboard Warning Lights resolved today!

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