In this article, you will learn about Cadillac dashboard warning lights and what these symbols mean.

To diagnose these warning lights, use a Cadillac OBD-II Scanner.

 Cadillac Anti-Lock Brake System Fault Indicator

Anti Lock Brake System(ABS) Warning Light

The ABS light will come on briefly when the ignition is turned on. Once the engine starts, this light should turn off.

Suppose this light comes on while driving; pull over as soon as it is safe to do so. Turn off the vehicle, then turn on the vehicle again to reset the system; however, the vehicle needs servicing if it doesn’t turn off.

The problem is usually a faulty ABS wheel speed sensor, but it can also be several things, including a bad ABS pump, blown fuse, wire harness issue, low battery voltage, etc. For more help, follow our guide on troubleshooting ABS light on a Cadillac.

check engine light

Malfunction Indicator Lamp (Check Engine Light)

When the ignition is turned on, this light shows that it is working but will turn off once it starts.

It is part of emission control diagnostics. When checking engine light flashes while driving, a misfire has been detected. There’s a problem with the engine that requires urgent servicing.

Read the codes with an OBD-II scanner to find out more. For more help, follow our guide on troubleshooting the check engine light on a Cadillac.

 Cadillac Air Bag Warning Indicator


Airbag Readiness Light 

This light is shown for several seconds when the ignition is on. If this doesn’t turn off after the engine starts, then it means that there’s a problem with your airbag system.

Read fault codes with an Airbag OBD-II Scanner from the SRS module. The diagnostic port can be found under the dashboard on the driver’s side.

For more help, follow our guide on troubleshooting the airbag light on a Cadillac.

Cadillac Engine Temperature Indicator

Engine Coolant Temperature Warning Light

When this light comes on, that means that the engine has overheated. Pull over as soon as it is safe to do so and turn off the engine.

Allow the engine to cool down. Once the engine has cooled down, check the engine coolant level and check for coolant leaks.

Do not keep the engine running if it continues to overheat. Monitor the engine temperature via the temperature gauge on the dashboard.

Cadillac Tire Pressure Monitor Indicator

Tire Pressure Light | TPMS Light

This is only for vehicles with TPMS(Tire Pressure Monitor System). It will indicate that your tire does not have the right air pressure.

Pull over as soon as it is safe to do so and check to make sure you don’t have a flat tire.

Make sure each tire is inflated to 35 PSI or noted in the recommended tire pressure sticker, which can be found on the driver’s door frame.

Cadillac Oil Warning Light

Engine Oil Pressure Light

This will show if the Engine Oil Pressure is low or high. It may also come on if the oil level is critically low.

Pullover as soon as it is safe to do so. Check the engine oil level.

Do not drive or keep the engine running if the oil light stays on.


driver seat belt reminder

Driver Seat Belt Reminder Light

When the vehicle is started, This light will flash as a reminder to fasten the seat belt. It will only turn off once the seat belt is already latched.

If this light stays on even when the seat belt is latched, the seat belt latch may be faulty.

passenger seat belt reminder

Passenger Seat Belt Reminder Light

This light will flash as a reminder for the Passenger side seat belt. It will only turn off once the seat belt is already latched.

If this light stays on even when the seat belt is latched, the seat belt latch may be faulty.

Cadillac Charge System Trouble Indicator

Charging System Light

This will come on briefly when you turn on the ignition. When the engine is started, this light should turn off.

If the engine is running and this light flashes, then there’s a problem with your charging system. The problem can be a bad battery, faulty alternator, voltage regulator, or loose ground connection.

The vehicle may run for 15-20 min and unexpectantly turn off.

brake warning light

Brake System Warning Light

This will come on briefly when the vehicle is turned on. If the light doesn’t turn off, it means that there’s a brake problem, have it inspected by your local dealer.

If the lights come on while driving, you should pull over immediately. The brake system may have malfunctioned.   The pedal might be harder to press and could take longer to stop.

Call your mechanic and, if needed, have your vehicle towed.

 Cadillac parking light
Electric Parking Brake Lights 


This light comes up when the parking brake is applied.

If the light continues to flash after you release the parking brake, there is an underlying problem with the Electric Parking Brake.

 Cadillac  park with wrench light
Service Electric Parking Brake Light


The parking brake has malfunctioned and requires servicing. When this light appears, the vehicle should be checked by the mechanic. There may be an underlying problem with the electric brakes.

 gear shift lightGear Shifting Light


This indicates that the PAL (Performance Algorithm Lightfoot) is activated, indicating your driving style.

The transmission will shift gears based on your driving style.

For aggressive drivers, the transmission will stay in the same gear longer for maximum output.

For gentle drivers, the transmission will shift the gears at lower RPMs.

 Lexus awd lightAll-Wheel-Drive Lights


These lights will let you know if you have activated the AWD or 2WD.

If the lights turn amber, then there’s a problem with your All wheel drive. The system can not be activated.

In some cases, the AWD shift solenoid can be the culprit.

 Lane Keep Assist (LKA) Light


Lane Keep Assist (LKA) Light

This light turns on when you activate the lane keep assist feature.

It helps the driver stay in the lane; this will turn amber when assisting and gently assist in turning the steering wheel.

 Vehicle Indicator Light 


Vehicle Indicator Light 

This light will turn on while driving; it will tell the driver that a vehicle is in front; this will turn green if a vehicle is detected and amber if you are following a vehicle to close.

 Pedestrian Ahead Indicator



Pedestrian Ahead Indicator

This will flash when a pedestrian is detected in front.

 Traction Off Light



Traction Off Light Stabilitrak Light Off

This light comes out when the traction control system (TCS) is turned off; TCS usually helps low friction roads.

 Cadillac Stability Control Indicator


StabiliTrak Off Light

This light comes up when the Electronic Stability Control is turned off. It means the system does not help with controlling the vehicle.

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Traction Control System TCS/Stabilitrak Light

This indicates that the traction Control System/Stabilitrak Light is turned on; this will help the vehicle stabilize when driving on slippery road conditions.

Slow down and drive more carefully.

 Driver Mode Control Light


Driver Mode Control Light | Sport Mode 

This light comes on when the sports mode is selected.

Snow/Ice Mode

This light comes on when driving on Snow/Icy terrain.
 Off-Road Mode
Off-Road Mode

This light comes on when driving on the Off-Road/ Mountains.
 Low Fuel Warning Light
Low Fuel Warning Light


This light comes up when the vehicle runs out of fuel; it usually shows beside the gas gauge.

 Security Light



Security Light

This light comes up on means the immobilizer or the anti-theft system is activated.

Get out of the car. Press the lock button on the keyfob; then the unlock button.

High-Beam on light

High-Beam on light

This light will show up when the headlight is turned on, and it’s in a high beam setting.

 IntelliBeam light


IntelliBeam light | High Beam A

Intellibeam lights are a system that switches between high beam and low beam depending on traffic conditions.

When this light comes, it means auto high beams are activated.

 Lamps On Reminder


Lamps On Reminder

This means that the Exterior lamp is only when the DRL (Daytime Running Lights) is active.

 Cruise Control Light
Cruise Control Light


This comes up when the cruise control system is active.

It turns white when it is on and green when it is set.

 Adaptive Cruise Control


Adaptive Cruise Control

This system adapts the speed and distance of the vehicle ahead.

It will maintain vehicle speed using the sensor installed in it.

 Door Ajar LightDoor Ajar Light


This will appear when the door is open; this will help the driver see if the door is not properly latched closed.

To troubleshoot any of these lights, you can use a Cadillac OBD-II Scanner to read the corresponding system’s fault codes.

You will find these lights in most Cadillac models, including ATS, CTS, XTS, CT6, XT5, Escalade, SRX, DTS, STS, BLS, and XLR.

We hope you find the Cadillac Dashboard Warning Lights Symbol Meaning guide helpful. Check these troubleshooting and repair guides for more help on your Cadillac.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    That’s the button you press when you want the automatic parallel parking system to facilitate parking the car

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  3. Anonymous says:

    2019 Cadillac XT5. There is a button just to the left of the CUE screen. It’s a orange “P” with a symbol similar to》after. It automatically turns on when I start the car. I can turn it off, but since I don’t know what it I’d, I’m afraid to! Can anyone tell me what this P》stands for? And no, it’s not my parking brake. I cannot find it anywhere in the manual!

  4. Anonymous says:

    please add EPB warning light