Warning Lights on your Dashboard Explained

Your ŠKODA is packed with sensors and safety mechanisms to ensure that your vehicle is working at its optimum performance whilst keeping you and your passengers safe. We know that when a warning lamp appears on your dashboard, it can be daunting – especially if you are unsure what to do. That is why we have created this simple guide to help you understand what each warning light means and what steps are required. It is important that you know how to respond to each warning light to reduce any additional damage to your vehicle and to ensure that your vehicle is safe. If you are unsure how to carry out an action or repair on your vehicle our ŠKODA trained experts know your ŠKODA better than anyone.

Red warning lights mean you should stop the car as soon as it is safe.

Yellow warning lights mean that action is required.

Green warning lights are for information only.

Brake System

If you release the handbrake and the lamp disappears this is a normal function.

If the lamp stays on - check your brake fluid level and fill up accordingly.*

If the lamp disappears this is a normal function. If the lamp is still on - contact Roadside Assistance.

Engine Cooling System

Switch off the engine immediately. Do not drive any further.

Check your coolant level.* If coolant level ok -contact Roadside Assistance. The overheating may be a cooling system malfunction. If the coolant level is low - add more coolant.*

Caution - the cooling system is a pressurised system. Allow the car to cool down before adding coolant to prevent injury. We advise having the coolant topped up by a professional at an authorised repairer. 

If lamp is still on contact Roadside Assistance.​

 

Engine Oil Pressure

Switch off the engine immediately. Do not restart.

Check oil level. If oil level ok - contact Roadside Assistance.

If oil level not ok - fill up accordingly* Start the engine, let it run for five seconds, then switch off engine. If lamp is still on contact Roadside Assistance.​​

Power Steering System

Remove the ignition key for thirty seconds. Restart the engine.

If the lamp disappears the problem is rectified.

Only if possible - drive safely to an authorised repairer. Take caution whilst driving.

If not possible contact Roadside Assistance​Power Steering System.​

Airbag and Seat Belt System

There is a fault in the airbag or seatbelt system.

Only if possible -drive carefully to an authorised repairer immediately.

If you do not get the problem rectified the system may fail to trigger in an accident.

Vehicle Charging System

There is an alternator or electrical system fault in the vehicle.

If you can start the engine - drive to an authorised repairer immediately.

Avoid using electrical equipment that is not necessary as it could drain the battery.

If you cannot start the engine contact Roadside Assistance​.

​Steering Lock

Red lamp: Do not drive the vehicle. Contact an authorised repairer.

Yellow lamp: There is an electronic steering lock malfunction. Drive without delay to an authorised repairer.​​

Ignition Switch

Red lamp: Do not switch off the ignition as you may be unable to switch it on again. Drive to an authorised repairer immediately. ​

Yellow lamp: There is a malfunction in the ignition switch. Drive to an authorised repairer without delay.​

​Seat Belt Buckles

Check that the driver and front passenger has their seat belt fastened properly. If the lamp disappears, this is a normal function. If the lamp does not disappear – contact an authorised repairer.

Doors

Check all doors are closed properly. If the lamp disappears this is a normal function.

If the lamp does not disappear – contact an authorised repairer. ​​

Bonnet

Check that the bonnet is closed properly. If the lamp disappears this is a normal function.

If the lamp does not disappear – contact an authorised repairer.

Boot Lid

Check the boot lid is closed properly. If the lamp disappears this is a normal function.

If the lamp does not disappear – contact an authorised repairer.

​Emissions Control Lamp

Permanent lamp: Remove the key for thirty seconds then refit and start the engine. If the lamp disappears, the problem is rectified. Visit an authorised repairer for a check. If the lamp does return and the power is down contact Roadside Assistance. If the lamp returns and the power is not down – take caution and drive to an authorised repairer.

Flashing lamp: If the vehicle power is down and the vehicle is vibrating contact Roadside Assistance. If the vehicle power is not down and is not vibrating take caution and drive to an authorised repairer. If it is not possible call Roadside Assistance.​​

Diesel Particulate Filter

If there is more than one warning lamp on, call Roadside Assistance.

If just one warning lamp is on, drive at least 60km/hour at engine speed between 1500-1800 rpm for at least fifteen minutes. Check lamp thirty minutes later. If the lamp disappears, the filter has been successful regenerated. If not, drive safely to your nearest authorised repairer. If you cannot, call Roadside Assistance.​​

Engine management warning lamp (petrol engines only)

Drive slowly and carefully to an authorised repairer immediately.​

Engine management warning lamp (diesel engines only)

If the lamp appears when the ignition is switched on, this is a normal function (to appear for a few seconds). If the lamp appears whilst the engine is running - drive slowly and carefully to an authorised repairer immediately due to engine management fault.​​

Engine Oil Level

Continuously lit lamp: Top up engine oil accordingly as soon as possible.*

Flashing lamp: Sensor has identified that the oil level could be incorrect. Check oil level and top up if necessary.*​

Anti-Lock Brake System

This is your Anti-lock braking system lamp.

Drive carefully to an authorised repairer.

Electronic Stability Programme

Continuously lit lamp: Switch off the ignition then restart. If the lamp is still on, drive carefully to an authorised repairer.

Flashing lamp: This is a normal operating feature. No action required.

Tyre Pressure Monitoring

This is your tyre pressure monitoring lamp.

Check and adjust tyre pressure accordingly* Take vehicle to an authorised repairer for check.

If tyre pressure ok and light still on, drive carefully to an authorised repairer to have the monitoring system examined. 

Power Steering System

If your battery has been disconnected or discharged or if your vehicle has been jump started - turn your steering wheel fully to the left, then fully to the right and drive a short distance at 20-30km/hour. If the lamp has disappeared visit an authorised repairer at your convenience for a check. If the lamp has not disappeared, drive carefully to an authorised repairer if safe to do so. Otherwise call Roadside Assistance. ​

Brake Pad Monitoring

This is your brake pad warning lamp.

Your brake pads are worn. Contact an authorised repairer to check the condition of your brake pads.

Airbag and Seat Belt System

Drive carefully to an authorised repairer immediately as there is a fault in the airbag or seat belt system. The system may fail to trigger in an accident if you do not get the fault rectified. 

Automatic Gearbox

This is your gearbox malfunction lamp. A message may appear follow the instructions and drive to an authorised repairer immediately as long as it is safe – otherwise contact Roadside Assistance. If the message asks you to stop the vehicle and select P – contact Roadside Assistance.

Air Suspension

There is a fault in the vehicle’s handling and stability. Ground clearance may be affected.

Drive carefully and slowly to an authorised repairer.​

Adaptive Suspension Dampers

Contact an authorised repairer.

Rear Spoiler

There is a fault in the rear spoiler system.

Do not exceed 120km/hour. Contact an authorised repairer.​

Bulb Monitoring

Check the operation of all exterior bulbs.

Have the defective bulb replaced without delay.

Brake Lights

Check operation of all exterior brake bulbs.

Replace the defective brake bulb without delay.​

Rain and Light Sensor

The wipers and lights will not function automatically. They will still operate manually.

Contact an authorised repairer.

Headlight Range Control

Headlight range control system fault.

Contact an authorised repairer.​

Adaptive Light System

The headlights will not dip automatically. They will still operate manually.

Contact an authorised repairer.

Towing Hitch

Check the towing hitch.

The towing hitch has not been engaged correctly. Extend or retract it again.

If lamp is still on do not connect a trailer.

Contact an authorised repairer.

Convertible Roof

This lamp will appear when the roof is opening or closing.

If the lamp is lit continuously when the roof is not fully opened or closed there is a fault.

Contact an authorised repairer.

Key not in vehicle

This lamp will appear when the key is not in the vehicle. This only applies to vehicles equipped with keyless entry. This lamp appear if the key has been removed from the vehicle whilst it is running. Ensure the key is located inside the vehicle. It is not possible to restart the engine if the key is not inside the vehicle.​

Lane Assist

This lamp will appear when lane assist is switched on and road markings cannot be detected. If this lamp is accompanied with a “system fault” message – contact an authorised repairer.

Press Clutch Pedal

Clutch pedal needs to be pressed and held whilst the engine starts.

Refer to the owner’s manual.

Windscreen washer fluid level

The windscreen washer fluid reservoir needs filling.

Top up the fluid for the windscreen washer.

Refer to the owner’s manual.​​​

Rear Fog Lights

​This warning lamp appears when the rear fog lamp is switched on.

Only operate the rear fog lamp in foggy conditions to avoid dazzling other drivers.​

Low Fuel Level

The fuel in the fuel tank has reached the reserve level.

Drive to a filling station without delay. Fill with correct fuel into the fuel tank.

Cruise Control

The cruise control lamp will appear when the cruise control system is activated.

This is a normal operating feature of the system.

Refer to the owner’s manual or contact your nearest authorised repairer for an explanation of the operation of the system.

Press Brake Pedal

This lamp only applies to automatic transmission vehicles.

The brake pedal needs to be pressed and held while the gear lever is moved out of park position. Refer to the owner’s manual.

Lane Assist

This indicator lamp appears when the lane assist system is switched on and road markings can be detected.

Adaptive Cruise Control

The adaptive cruise control operating lamp will appear when cruise control is activated. This is a normal operating feature of the system.

Refer to the owner’s manual or contact an authorised repairer for an explanation of the operation of the system.

*Refer to owner’s manual or seek professional assistance.

The information on warning lights on this page does not apply to electric cars. Please consult your owner's manual.