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MINI Warning Lights | Your Complete Guide

This guide has been designed to help you find out what each warning light on your MINI'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 MINI dealerships.

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

Servicing plans allow customers to fix the price of their vehicle's maintenance in advance - enabling customers to budget against future wear and tear or mechanical faults.

To enquire about Mini's service plans, contact your local dealer today.


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Red Lights​

Seat belt reminder

​Seat belt reminder

Seat belt is not fastened on the driver's side. The belt reminder is also active if a heavy objects are on the front passenger seat.

Check whether the seat belt has been fastened correctly.

Airbag system​

​Airbag System

Airbag system and belt tensioner may be faulty. Have the vehicle checked as soon as possible by the Service Centre.

​Handbrake, brake system

Handbrake, brake system

Parking brake is applied. Release parking brake by raising it slightly, pressing the knob and moving the lever down.

Yellow Lights

​Anti-lock Brake System, ABS

Anti-lock Brake System, ABS

Avoid sharp braking as much as possible. Braking force reinforcement faulty. Carefully bring the car to a stop. Consider longer braking distance. Have checked by the Service Centre as appropriate.

Dynamic Stability Control, DSC

​Dynamic Stability Control, DSC

DSC prevents the driven wheels losing traction when you pull away from rest or accelerate.

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

Illuminating: DSC has failed. Have the system checked by your Service Centre.

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

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

The DTC system is a variant of the DSC optimised for forward momentum.

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.

​Runflat indicator RPA

Runflat indicator RPA

The runflat indicator reports a pressure loss in a tyre. Reduce your speed and cautiously stop the car. Avoid violent or sudden braking and steering manoeuvres.

In need of replacement tyres? Our tyre experts are here to help and can provide information about the durability and performance of different tyres.


Steering system

​Steering system

Steering system faulty.

Have steering system checked by the Service Centre.​

​Engine functions

​​​Engine functions

Illuminating: vehicle generates increased exhaust emissions. You can continue your journey. Exhaust system faulty.

Flashing: increased engine load damages the catalytic converter. Drive on with decreased engine load. Possible engine fault. Have vehicle checked by the Service Centre.

​Rear fog lights

​Rear fog lights

Rear fog lights are switched on.

The low-beam headlights or sidelights with fog lights must be switched on.

Green Lights

Turn indicator

​Turn indicator

Turn indicator on.

If the indicator light flashes more rapidly than usual, a turn indicator bulb has failed.

Side lights, low-beam headlights

​Side lights, low-beam headlights

Side lights or low-beam headlights are switched on.

Front fog lights

Front fog lights

The sidelights or low-beam headlights must be switched on. The green indicator light comes on when the fog lights are switched on.

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

Cruise control

​Cruise control

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

Blue Lights

High-beam headlights

High-beam headlights

High-beam headlights are switched on

General Lights

General Lights

At least one check control message is displayed or stored. The symbol is shown on the display of the instrument cluster.

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