Subaru Impreza Dashboard Symbols

Service and maintenance is key to keeping your car running a long time. Sometimes it lets you know there's an issue with it by alerting you on the dashboard. So, what do all the warning lights mean?

Winner Subaru put together this 2018 Subaru Impreza dashboard light guide to help drivers in Odessa, Middletown, and Dover know when to get service.

Yellow Lights

A yellow dashboard light serves as a caution light. It indicates a problem or malfunction, but not an urgent one. You should seek service as soon as possible, but it is still safe to drive with one of these on. Some lights that you should look out for that will require service later are:

  • ABS Warning - The letters ABS stand for anti-lock brake system. Your standard brakes will still work so you can stop safely with this light on, but you should get the system looked at right away.
  • Tire Pressure Warning Light - A light that looks like an exclamation point that's underlined and inside a set of parentheses means that at least one of your tires has low air pressure. Check your owner's manual for the recommend air pressure levels, then check the air in all your tires (including the spare), and add air as necessary.
  • All-Wheel Drive - When you see the letters AWD on your instrument cluster, it means that there's a problem with your all-wheel drive system.
  • Engine Oil Level Warning - If you're behind on routine maintenance your oil levels may be low. That's when you'll see this light. It looks like an oil can with some waves underneath it. This means that you should schedule an oil change and add new oil.
  • Hill Start Assist - A light that looks like your car driving up at an angle means that your Hill Start Assist feature has malfunctioned.
  • Vehicle Stability Control - A yellow light that looks like a car on a winding road means this system is malfunctioning and you won't get the same handling or traction on curves and slick surfaces.
  • Check Engine - The words CHECK ENGINE indicate that there's a problem with one or several parts of your engine. Avoiding service after seeing this light could result in one or more red warning lights later on.

Red Lights

A red light is a more severe warning light. Each one is meant to alert you of a serious problem or malfunction that needs immediate service. In many cases it is not safe to drive with a red light on. Some of the most serious warning lights are:

  • Brake System - This shows up as either the word BRAKE or an exclamation point inside a circle. Unlike the ABS light, this means your main brake system has a problem and may not be able to stop your car safely.
  • Charge Warning - A red light that looks like your car battery means that there's a problem with its power. This could be either poor connections, a faulty electrical system, or a low battery.
  • Power Steering Warning - If you see an icon that looks like a steering wheel with an exclamation to the right, that means there's a problem with your power steering system. It's best to stop safely as soon as possible and call for a tow since it's not safe to drive if your car can't steer properly.
  • Oil Pressure Warning - If you previously saw the yellow Engine Oil Level Warning light and weren't able to get service quickly, this is what you'll see. It's a more severe warning and you should get an oil change immediately.
  • SRS Airbag System - A light that looks like a person sitting down with a circle in front of them is a warning that your airbag system isn't working. Get this looked at immediately since you want to be sure that your airbags can deploy properly in the event of an accident.
  • Coolant Temperature - A red light that looks like a thermometer floating on some waves means that either you're low on coolant or your coolant is too hot. Sometimes the coolant temperature will be too low and you'll see this light in blue. In either case you should turn off the engine and get service.

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If you see any of the icons listed in this 2018 Subaru Impreza dashboard light guide, schedule service with Winner Subaru. We are proud to have a team of highly trained technicians in our service center to help drivers in Odessa, Middletown, and Dover.

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