BMW WARNING LIGHTS | YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE

This guide has been designed to help you find out what each warning light on your BMW's dashboard means and what actions you should take if one or more of them illuminates.

RED, then be sure to pull over as soon as it is safe and call for roadside assistance, as you may have a serious problem with your car.

YELLOW, then this means that an action is required, and it is recommended that you book a service with an authorised repairer at one of our BMW dealerships.

GREEN, then this is simply information and does not require immediate action, although you should keep an eye on them.


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Red Lights

Seat Belt Reminder

Seat belt reminder​

Seat belt is not fastened on the driver's side.

Flashing or illuminating: seat belt on the driver's or front passenger side is not fastened. The seat belt reminder can also be triggered if there are objects in the front passenger seat.

Check whether the seat belt has been fastened correctly.

Seat Belt Reminder for Rear Seats

Seat belt reminder for rear seats

Red: seat belt not fastened on the corresponding rear seat.

Green: seat belt fastened on the corresponding rear seat.

Airbag System

Airbag system

Airbag system and belt tensioner may be faulty.

Immediately have the vehicle checked by a Service Partner of the manufacturer or another qualified Service Partner or a specialist workshop.

Parking Brake

Parking brake

The parking brake is engaged.

Brake System

Brake system

Brake system malfunctioning. Continue driving at moderate speed.

Immediately have the vehicle checked by a Service Partner of the manufacturer or another qualified Service Partner or a specialist workshop.

Front-end Collision Warning

Front-end collision warning

Illuminating: forewarning, for example if a danger of collision is anticipated or there is a very short distance to a vehicle ahead. Increase distance.

Flashing: acute warning in the event of an immediate collision if the vehicle approaches another vehicle with relatively high differential speed.

Engage by braking and swerving as required.

Person Warning

​Person Warning

Symbol in the instrument display. If there is a risk of collision with a detected person, the symbol illuminates and a signal sounds.

Yellow Lights​

Anti-lock Brake System, ABS

Anti-lock Brake System, ABS

Avoid abrupt braking if possible. Braking force reinforcement faulty. Consider longer braking distance. Immediately have a check performed by a Service Partner of the manufacturer or another qualified Service Partner or a specialist workshop.

Dynamic Stability Control, DSC

Dynamic Stability Control DSC

Flashing: DSC is regulating the acceleration and braking forces. The vehicle is stabilised. Decrease speed and adjust driving style to the road conditions.

Illuminating: DSC has failed. Have the system checked by a Service Partner of the manufacturer or another qualified Service Partner or a specialist workshop.

Dynamic Stability Control DSC deactivated, or Dynamic Traction Control DTC activated

Dynamic Stability Control DSC deactivated, or Dynamic Traction Control DTC activated

​Dynamic Stability Control DSC, is switched off or Dynamic Traction Control DTC is switched on.

The system guarantees maximum forward traction with simultaneous limited driving stability for special road conditions, e.g. snow-covered roads.

Activation: ​Press the button until the DSC OFF indicator light comes on in the speedometer and TRACTION is displayed in the revolution counter.

Tyre Pressure Monitor TPM

Tyre Pressure Monitor TPM

Illuminating: the Tyre Pressure Monitor reports a loss of tyre pressure in a tyre.

Reduce your speed and carefully stop the vehicle. Avoid violent or sudden braking and steering manoeuvres.

Flashing and then illuminating continuously: no flat tyres or loss of tyre pressure can be detected.​

Steering system

Steering system 

​Steering system faulty.

Have the steering system checked by a Service Partner of the manufacturer or another qualified Service Partner or a specialist workshop.

Engine functions

Engine functions

​Have the vehicle checked by a Service Partner of the manufacturer or another qualified Service Partner or a specialist workshop.

Lane departure warning

Lane departure warning

​System is switched on and warns you under certain conditions if you leave a detected lane without indicating first.

When there are warnings, the steering wheel starts to vibrate slightly. The timing of this warning may vary depending on the current driving situation.

Manual speed limiter

Manual speed limiter

Illuminating: the system is switched on.

Flashing: set speed limit exceeded. An acoustic signal may sound.

Reduce speed or deactivate system.​

​Rear fog lights

​Rear fog lights

Rear fog lights are switched on​.

If automatic driving lights control has been activated, the low-beam headlights come on automatically when the rear fog lights are switched on.

Green Lights​

Turn indicator

Turn indicator

Turn indicator is switched on.

If the indicator lamp flashes more rapidly than usual, a turn signal light has failed.​

Side lights, driving lights

Side lights, driving lights

Side lights or driving lights are switched on.

You should not leave them on for longer periods of time, since the vehicle battery could discharge and you might not have enough power to start the engine.

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

The system is switched on. The speed set using the control functions on the steering wheel is maintained.

Automatic Hold

Automatic Hold

The function is activated. The vehicle is automatically held at a standstill.

This system automatically applies and releases the brake, for example in stop-start traffic.

On upward inclines, rolling back is prevented when driving off.

Blue lights

High-beam headlights

High-beam headlights

High-beam headlights are switched on.

General Lights

Check Control

Check Control

At least one Check Control message is displayed or saved.

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