If a dashboard warning light has illuminated on your new Nissan vehicle, you might be wondering what it means or how to diagnose a check engine light. Here at Jackson Nissan, the professionals in our state-of-the-art service department are waiting to assist you. We offer a factory-trained service team to our customers as well as high-end diagnostic tools. We are here to maintain your vehicle to the Nissan standard of safety, reliability, and performance.
It's important to remember that not all dashboard warning lights are a cause for concern. Many warning lights appear on your dash to inform you that a system is functioning correctly. The headlamps, high beams, and cruise control, for example. To help you diagnose any new dashboard warning light that has appeared, we've put together a list of the most common warning lights and their meanings.
You can also consult the owner's manual that came with your vehicle. Inside, you'll find a picture of every light that can appear on your car. If you have any questions about the following dashboard warning lights, please contact our service department.
One of the most common dashboard warning lights is the check engine light. This light illuminates when the computer in your new Nissan Altima sedan detects a system error that can be caused by something as simple as a failing to tighten the gas cap all the way after filling up. When you bring your new or used Nissan to our service department, our skilled technicians will quickly diagnose the check engine warning light.
This symbol will turn on when the temperature in your vehicle's engine is nearing or rising above the ideal running temperature. This could be caused by a low level of coolant in the engine or a leak. You can add more coolant or distilled water once the engine has cooled down then schedule a service appointment so we can diagnose the problem.
If your Nissan is due for its next regularly scheduled maintenance, oil change, or tire rotation, this dashboard warning light may turn on. It's also possible that this an internal issue is present and the cause of the warning light should be diagnosed. We recommend contacting the service department at our Jackson, Michigan, area Nissan dealership to resolve the issue and clear the code.
This light will turn on every time you start your vehicle then should deactivate to let you know that the system is operating properly. If the light stays on after a few seconds, be sure the parking brake is not engaged. If the parking brake is not engaged and the light is still on, your Nissan could be low on brake fluid. We suggest booking an appointment for a quick brake inspection immediately at Jackson Nissan.
Similar to the Parking Brake and Brake Fluid Warning Light, this dashboard light comes on at start up and should turn off after a few seconds. If the light stays on, there could be an issue with the anti-lock brake system. We recommend scheduling a brake inspection to diagnose the problem before driving the vehicle.
When the cruise control is turned on your new Nissan Titan, this light will appear.
This is a protective security feature. If the ignition is locked and this warning light appears, you might need to enter an alarm code to unlock it.
If your new Nissan crossover detects icy conditions or slippery road surfaces, this alert might turn on to make you aware of a potential loss of traction and that the traction control system is engaged.
If your new Nissan has a Sport mode, this light will pop on.
If your vehicle is low on windshield wiper fluid, this light will come on to let you know. Stop by the parts department at our Nissan dealership to buy more fluid to ensure proper visibility through the windshield.
This light only pops up when you need to replace an exhaust filter. Please bring your vehicle in for service ASAP.
If this symbol pops on, the airbag system is malfunctioning and should be resolved immediately. The airbag system is an essential safety feature.
When this signal comes on, one more of the vehicle's doors are open.
If a headlight or taillight bulb is burned out, this indication will come on.
If there is a problem with your Nissan's electronic stability or traction control system, this symbol will populate.
Ensure the gas cap is secured tightly as soon as you see this symbol.
The engine adjusts output levels to conserve energy. If the Reduced Power Warning light populates, a trained service technician must check your vehicle's CPU.
This symbol indicates that one or more of the tires on your vehicle is low on air. This horseshoe-like indicator light will appear on your vehicle's dashboard until the low tire(s) are filled. If the light does not turn off when air is added to the tires, book an appointment with our tire service center.
If the oil pressure drops below the required level, you'll see this light. If this happens, pull over immediately and turn off the engine. Low engine oil can cause catastrophic engine failure. Check the vehicle's oil levels with a dipstick and add oil as needed. If you don't have spare oil, call for a tow truck to the nearest Nissan service station.
If the transmission begins to overheat, this warning light will appear on your vehicle's dashboard. Contact our Nissan service department for qualified transmission repair.
This light should turn off when you start your car. If the light stays on when the engine is running or your car fails to start, the battery is failing. You can either jump start your car or order a new battery from our parts department.