Subaru Forester Dashboard Symbols


Have you ever had a dashboard light appear in your car when you're running errands throughout the Dover, Middletown, and Odessa area? It can be a scary feeling, and when it occurs, you may not know what to do. The most important thing to do is stay calm because the light may not be as bad as you think.

To help you understand your dashboard lights better, we're going to explain the difference between indicator lights and warning lights. We'll also show you what these lights mean, and what you should do when one appears on your dashboard. This is your Subaru Forester dashboard symbols guide.

Indicator Lights vs Warning Lights

The most important step in understanding your dashboard lights is by knowing the difference between indicator lights and warning lights. Indicator lights, usually appearing as blue or green, are notifications. They usually light up when you've activated a vehicle system, and they'll go away once you turn the system off.

Warning lights, on the other hand, are very important to know. These lights, appearing as red or orange, are letting you know that a system or component in your vehicle is malfunctioning. If the light flashes, it means that the situation is dire and requires an immediate response.

2017 Subaru Forester Indicator Lights

  •  High Beam Indicator Light: When you activate your high beams, this light will appear on your dashboard. Once you've deactivated your high beams, this indicator light will turn off.
  •  Cruise Control Indicator Light: Once you engage your cruise control system, this light will remain on until you deactivate the system and resume control of the vehicle.
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control ON/OFF Indicator Light: If your vehicle experiences wheel slip, your Vehicle Dynamics Control system will activate to keep your vehicle on track. This light indicates when the system is on or off.  
  •  Front Passenger Airbag ON/OFF Indicator Light: If you're driving without a front passenger, this light will say off. If you have a front passenger and the light still says off, then have the system checked by your Subaru dealer.

2017 Subaru Forester Warning Lights   

  • Charge Warning Light: When this light appears, you should pull over to safety. This light indicates that your charging system isn't functioning properly, and continuing to drive could result in your battery dying. Contact your Subaru dealer to inspect your charging system.

  • Power Steering Warning Light: This light indicates that your power steering system is malfunctioning. It's strongly advised that you pull over to safety because your vehicle will be very difficult to maneuver.

  •  Coolant Temperature Warning Light: If this warning light pops on, it's telling you that your engine is in danger of overheating. It's recommended that you pull over when convenient and let the engine cool off. If the problem continues, contact your Subaru dealer to check the system.  
  •  Brake System Warning Light: If you see this light appear, you should pull over to safety and contact your Subaru dealer. This light indicates that your braking system isn't functioning properly, and it's never advised to drive a vehicle without functioning brakes.

By reading our Subaru Forester dashboard symbols guide, you'll be prepared when a light appears on your dashboard. If a warning light appears, the most important thing to do is stay calm, pull over to safety, and contact us at Winner Subaru-we're always happy to help drivers in the Dover, Middletown, and Odessa area with their automotive needs.

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