ŠKODA Warning Lights | Complete Guide with Images

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 light appears on your dashboard, it can be daunting – especially if you are unsure what to do. We have created this simple guide to help you understand what each warning light on your new or used ŠKODA vehicle means and what steps you need to take. 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.

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Brake System

Check if the handbrake is applied. If so, release the handbrake. If the light disappears you can continue to drive as normal.

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

If the light disappears this is a normal function. If the light remains on contact Roadside Assistance.

SKODA Brake System

Engine Cooling System

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

Check your coolant level.* If the coolant level is 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 the light remains on contact Roadside Assistance.

SKODA Engine Cooling System

Engine Oil Pressure

Switch off the engine immediately. Do not restart.

Check the oil level. If the oil level is ok contact Roadside Assistance.

If the oil level is low fill up accordingly* Start the engine, and let it run for five seconds, then switch off engine.

If light is still on contact Roadside Assistance.

SKODA Engine Oil Pressure

Power Steering System

Remove the ignition key for 30-seconds. Restart the engine.

If the light disappears the problem is rectified.

Only if possible, drive safely to an authorised repairer. Take extra care whilst driving.

If not possible contact Roadside Assistance.

SKODA Power Steering System

Airbag and Seatbelt 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.

SKODA Airbag and Seatbelt System

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

SKODA Vehicle Charging System

Steering Lock

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

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

SKODA Steering Lock

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.

SKODA Ignition Switch

Seatbelt Buckles

Check that the driver and front passenger has their seatbelt fastened properly. If the light disappears, this is a normal function. 

If the light does not disappear contact an authorised repairer.​

SKODA Seatbelt Buckles

Doors

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

If the light does not disappear contact an authorised repairer. ​

SKODA Door Lock Light

Bonnet

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

If the light does not disappear contact an authorised repairer.​

SKODA Bonnet Light

Boot Lid

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

If the light does not disappear contact an authorised repairer.

SKODA Boot Lid Light

Recharge AdBlue (Red)

Stop the car as soon as it is safe to do so.

The red warning light appears when there is no AdBlue range left; once this happens the car will not restart once the ignition is turned off.

The system will need a full top-up before the car can be restarted.*

SKODA Recharge AdBlue (Red)

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Emissions Control Light

Permanent light: Remove the key for 30 seconds then reinsert and start the engine. If the light disappears, the problem is rectified. Visit an authorised repairer for a check.

If the light does return and the power is down contact Roadside Assistance. If the light returns and the power is not down, take extra care and drive to an authorised repairer.

Flashing light: 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 this is not possible call Roadside Assistance.

SKODA Emissions Control Light

Diesel Particulate Filter

If there is more than one warning light on, contact Roadside Assistance.

If just one warning lamp is on, drive at least 60km/hour at engine speed between 1500-1800 rpm for at least 15-minutes. Check the light 30-minutes later.

If the light disappears, the filter has been successful regenerated. If not, drive safely to your nearest authorised repairer.  If this is not possible contact Roadside Assistance.

SKODA Diesel Particulate Filter

Engine Management Warning Light (Petrol Engines Only)

Drive slowly and carefully to an authorised repairer immediately.

SKODA Engine Management Warning Light (Petrol Engines Only)

Engine Management Warning Light (Diesel Engines Only)

If the light appears when the ignition is switched on, this is a normal function (to appear for a few seconds).

If the light appears whilst the engine is running drive slowly and carefully to an authorised repairer immediately due to engine management fault.

SKODA Engine Management Warning Light (Diesel Engines Only)

Engine Oil Level

Permanent light: Top up the engine oil accordingly as soon as possible.*

Flashing light: The sensor has identified that the oil level could be incorrect. Check your oil level and top up if necessary.*

SKODA Engine Oil Level

Anti-Lock Brake System

This is your Anti-Lock Braking System light.

Drive carefully to an authorised repairer.

SKODA Anti-Lock Brake System

Electronic Stability Programme

Permanent light: Switch off the ignition and then restart. If the light is still on, drive carefully to an authorised repairer.

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

SKODA Electronic Stability Programme

Tyre Pressure Monitoring

This is your tyre pressure monitoring light.

Check and adjust your tyre pressure accordingly.* Take vehicle to an authorised repairer to be checked.

If the tyre pressures are ok and the light is still on, drive carefully to an authorised repairer to have the system examined.

SKODA Tyre Pressure Monitoring

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 light disappears visit an authorised repairer at your convenience for a check. If the light does not disappear, drive carefully to an authorised repairer if safe to do so. 

If this is not possible contact Roadside Assistance

SKODA Power Steering System

Brake Pad Monitoring

This is your brake pad warning light.

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

SKODA Brake Pad Monitoring

Airbag and Seatbelt System

Drive carefully to an authorised repairer immediately as there is a fault in the airbag or seatbelt system.

The system may fail to trigger in an accident if you do not get the fault rectified. 

SKODA Airbag and Seatbelt System

Automatic Gearbox

This is your gearbox malfunction light.   A message may appear – follow the instructions and drive to an authorised repairerimmediately as long as it is safe to do so.  If this is not possible contact Roadside Assistance.

If the message asks you to stop the vehicle and select P, contact Roadside Assistance.

SKODA Automatic Gearbox Fault

Air Suspension

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

Drive carefully and slowly to an authorised repairer.​

SKODA Air Suspension Fault

Adaptive Suspension Dampers

Contact an authorised repairer.

SKODA Adaptive Suspension Dampers

Rear Spoiler

There is a fault in the rear spoiler system.

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



SKODA Rear Spoiler

Bulb Monitoring

Check the operation of all exterior bulbs.

Replace any defective bulbs without delay.​

SKODA Bulb Monitoring

Brake Lights

Check operation of all exterior brake bulbs.

Replace any defective bulbs without delay.

SKODA Brake Lights

Rain and Light Sensor

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

Contact an authorised repairer.

SKODA Rain and Light Sensor

Headlight Range Control

There is a headlight range control system fault.

Contact an authorised repairer.​

SKODA Headlight Range Control

Adaptive Light System

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

Contact an authorised repairer.

SKODA Adaptive Light System

Towing Hitch

Check the towing hitch.

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

If the light remains on do not connect a trailer.

Contact an authorised repairer. 

SKODA Towing Hitch

Convertible Roof

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

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

Contact an authorised repairer.

SKODA Convertible Roof

Key not in vehicle

This light will appear when the key is not in the vehicle. This only applies to vehicles equipped with keyless entry.

This light will 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.​

SKODA Key not in vehicle

Lane Assist

This light will appear when lane assist is switched on and road markings cannot be detected.

If this light is accompanied with a “system fault” message, contact an authorised repairer.

SKODA Lane Assist Switched On but Road Markings Can Not be Detected

Press Clutch Pedal

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

Refer to the owner’s manual.

SKODA Press Clutch Pedal

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.

SKODA Windscreen Washer Fluid Level Low

Rear Fog Lights

​This warning light will appear when the rear fog lights are switched on.

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

SKODA Rear Fog Lights Switched On

Low Fuel Level

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

Drive to a filling station without delay and refill with the correct fuel type.

SKODA Low Fuel Level

Recharge AdBlue (Yellow)

The yellow warning light will appear when the remaining range of AdBlue is approximately 1,000 miles. This warning is repeated every 31 miles and is accompanied by an audible tone.

If these warnings are not acted upon, the warning turns red; once this happens the car will not restart once the ignition is turned off and the system will need a full top-up before the car can be restarted.*

SKODA Recharge AdBlue (Yellow)

Recharge AdBlue (White)

The white warning light will appear when the remaining range of AdBlue is approximately 1,500 miles, and is repeated every 62 miles.*

SKODA Recharge AdBlue (White)

Cruise Control

The cruise control light 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.​

SKODA Cruise Control Activated

Press Brake Pedal

This light 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.

SKODA Press Brake Pedal

Lane Assist

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

SKODA Lane Assist Switched On

Adaptive Cruise Control

The adaptive cruise control operating light 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.

SKODA Adaptive Cruise Control Activated

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*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.