Volkswagen Tiguan Dashboard Lights


When navigating the streets of Littleton, Parker, and Castle Rock, CO, in your Volkswagen Tiguan, it helps to know what some of the most important dashboard lights indicate. Our team at McDonald Volkswagen put together this convenient Volkswagen Tiguan dashboard lights guide to act as a supplemental resource to your comprehensive owner’s manual. 

Reach out to a representative at our Volkswagen dealer with any questions you may have or to schedule service.

Color-Coded Dashboard Lights  

Volkswagen dashboard lights are generally either green, yellow, or red. Each color represents a corresponding warning level. Below you’ll find information about some of the most common Volkswagen dashboard lights for each color. 

Green Indicator Lights

Green: Informative

Green dashboard lights provide pertinent information. The Daytime Running Lights indicator, for example, consists of the letters DRL in green and means your daytime running lights are on. When green lights pop up, you can take note of the information and make any necessary adjustments.

Yellow Light Indicator

Yellow: Proceed with Caution

Yellow and red lights, on the other hand, serve to warn you about an issue going on with your Volkswagen Tiguan. The yellow dashboard lights, though less pressing than the red lights, should be taken seriously and addressed as quickly as possible. Some common yellow dashboard lights you might notice in your Volkswagen Tiguan include the following:

  • Anti-Lock Braking System
  • Oil Level Low

The Anti-Lock Braking System light looks like (ABS) and indicates something is going on with your anti-lock braking system. If it lights up in conjunction with the red Brake System light, this means the Anti-Lock Braking System has failed.

A light that looks like an oil can with a chevron line below it is the Oil Level Low light. It means your oil is low and needs to be refilled and/or changed. You can check your oil level and refill it yourself or bring your Volkswagen Tiguan in for a check-up. 

Coolant Temperature Light

Red: Stop, Warning

If you see a red dashboard light come on, it’s important to pull over your Volkswagen Tiguan immediately and turn off the engine. For your safety and the safety of your passengers, fellow drivers, and pedestrians, bring your Volkswagen Tiguan in for service as quickly as you can. A few of the most common red dashboard lights include the following:

  • Brake System  
  • Coolant Temperature

The Brake System light looks like an exclamation point surrounded by a circle with parentheses around it. When this warning comes on, it means something has malfunctioned with the braking system—such as the parking brake is on or your brake fluid is low. 

When you see a small thermometer with wavy lines underneath it, this is the Coolant Temperature warning. If the Coolant Temperature light appears, this indicates your coolant level is low and your engine temperature is dangerously high. 

Volkswagen Service Center

By responding to the dashboard lights in your Volkswagen Tiguan with an appropriate response, you can extend the life of your vehicle and prevent any further damage from occurring. At our Volkswagen dealership, our certified technicians have years of experience working with a variety of Volkswagen models. 

When you bring your Volkswagen Tiguan in for service, we’ll quickly diagnose the problem, make any necessary repairs using our state-of-the-art equipment, and get you back on the road as fast as possible. Give us a call or schedule any Volkswagen services you may need online today!

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