Infiniti Dashboard Warning Lights Explained

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Infiniti Antilock Braking System ABS MalfunctionInfiniti Anti-Lock Brake System Fault Indicator

Anti-Lock Brake System Fault Indicator

If the ABS warning light illuminates while the engine is running, the system is malfunctioning. If it is not working properly, the brake system then operates without using ABS. The ABS prevents the brakes from locking up during hard braking. Take caution not to brake too hard while the ABS is malfunctioning. Use an ABS scanner to diagnose problems with the system.

Common ABS faults:

  • Faulty or contaminated ABS ring or sensor
  • Faulty ABS module 
  • Warped rotors
  • Contaminated brake fluid
Infiniti Service Engine Soon IndicatorInfiniti check engine lightCheck engine light

 

Service Engine Soon Indicator

The service engine soon lamp means a fault has occurred in one of the various engine related systems. It will only turn on when a vehicle has recognized there is a significant enough problem that it needs to be serviced. A code will be stored within the vehicle's computer to give more detail on the problem at hand. Follow this guide to scan the vehicle's computer for trouble codes to see why the check engine light has turned on.

If the light is steady, it is normally okay to drive for the time being. Do NOT drive the vehicle if the check engine malfunction indicator light (MIL) is blinking. This is usually a sign of misfire and oftentimes catalytic converter failure, which can lead to massive engine failure if driven. 

Common causes of the service engine soon indicator:

  • Loose fuel cap
  • P0420 catalytic converter failure
  • Emission control system failure
  • O2 sensor failure
  • Dirty Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor

Infiniti  Air Bag Warning Light

Infiniti SRS AIRBAG LIGHT

 Air Bag Warning Light

When the vehicle is first turned on, this warning light will illuminate for approximately seven seconds. If the light stays on while the engine is running, the vehicle's safety restraint system needs to be serviced. Proceed with caution when diagnosing this yourself as airbags can involuntarily deploy/discharge, causing injury or even death. Use an Airbag OBD-II Scanner to read the diagnostic trouble codes. It is important to have the airbags working properly in case of an accident. 

The first step is to call any Nissan / Infiniti dealer near you and give them your VIN number. They can check if there is a recall for the airbag system in which case the dealer should fix this problem free of charge. 

Common probloms that trigger the SRS light to com on, include faulty clock spring, bad passenger occupancy sensor and low battery voltrage. 

 

Infiniti Engine Temperature Indicator

Infiniti Engine Temperature Indicator

Engine Temperature Indicator

The blue engine temperature light means the vehicle is not up to normal operating temperature. The vehicle will warm up with engine idling or while driving. It will go off after the vehicle has reached normal operating temps.

The red engine temperature warning light means the vehicle coolant temperature is overheating. Check the temperature gauge to see if the vehicle is running hot. Pull the vehicle over and refer to the owner's manual or a guide on checking the vehicle's coolant level safely once the engine cools down.  Service the cooling system for potential leaks or problems. 

Common causes of the engine temperature indicator light:

  • Coolant hose, heater core, or radiator leak
  • Bad thermostat or cooling fans
  • Faulty engine coolant temperature sensor
  • Major problems could include a head gasket.
  • Water pump failure.
Infiniti Tire Pressure Monitor Indicator

Tire Pressure Monitor Indicator - TPMS Light

The tire pressure monitor indicator means there is low tire pressure in one of your vehicle's tires. Check the vehicle's information display for which position the tire is in that is low. Fill tire to correct air pressure and drive a few miles, and the light will turn off on its own. If the light stays on, it may be caused by a faulty TPMS sensor in one of the tires. Service the TPMS system, a TPMS relearn tool will be needed.

Common TPMS faults:

  • Low tire pressure/ tire leak
  • Faulty TPMS sensor
  • Faulty TPMS module
Infiniti Charge system Trouble Indicator

Battery / Alternator / Charge System Light

If the battery warning light comes on while the engine is running, it indicates the charging system is not functioning properly.

Park on a safe location and turn off the engine and check the generator (alternator) belt is in working condition. Do not continue driving if the belt is loose, broken, or missing. Test the charging system with a battery load and cranking system tester.

Common causes of the charging system:

  • Alternator not charging
  • Bad battery not holding charge
  • Loose battery cable
Infiniti  Low Washer Fluid Indicator

Low Washer Fluid Indicator

This light means that the fluid in the windshield washer reservoir is low. Refer to the owner's manual for the location of the reservoir.

Alternatively, you can look under the hood for a blue cap with the same symbol. Check its level and fill it appropriately. 

Infiniti  Low Fuel Indicator

Low Fuel Indicator

This light means the vehicle is close to having an empty fuel tank. Some vehicles will display the approximate amount of miles the vehicle can still be driven before it will completely run out of fuel. It is always wise to fill up on gas without running it too low, as this causes the fuel pump to work even harder when it's low and can lead to premature failure. 

Infiniti Oil Warning LightInfiniti Oil and Oil Level Warning Lights

Oil Warning Light

This light warns of low engine oil pressure. It is an indicator of insufficient oil pressure through the engine's oil passages and the main bearings. The engine oil level may be low. Pull the vehicle over, shut off the engine, and check the engine oil. If the level is low, fill to a normal level and drive the vehicle to see if the light goes off. If the light stays on, have the vehicle towed to a shop; driving with low oil pressure can lead to immediate and serious damage to the engine.

Common causes of the oil warning light:

  • Bad oil pressure sending sensor
  • Failed oil pump
  • Worn piston rings
  • Blocked oil passages
  • Low oil or oil that has turned to sludge from never changing it
Infiniti Brake Trouble Indicators

Brake Light

The brake light on means the brake system needs to be serviced. We do not recommend driving the vehicle with the brake light on. Use your best judgment to determine if the vehicle is safe to drive. Check the brake fluid level. If in need of repairs, have the vehicle towed to the shop; driving in this condition could be dangerous.

Common causes of the brake indicator light:

  • Brake system malfunction
  • Low brake fluid level
  • The parking brake is on (light may illuminate yellow instead of red in this case)
Infiniti High Beam Indicator

High Beam Indicator

The high beam indicator turns on when the high beam headlights are activated.  Pull the turn signal stalk back to switch between high and low beams. Do not use high beams while there is oncoming traffic.

 

Infiniti  Lane Keeping Indicator

Lane Departure Warning Indicator

This light comes on when the Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system is engaged. The conditions met for it to engage require the vehicle to drift over lane markers. The vehicle will self-correct a drift and steer the vehicle back into the center of the lane. If the light stays solid while the engine is running, the system has a fault and is disabled. Scan the vehicle with an OBDII scan tool for diagnostic trouble codes related to the lane departure warning system.

Infiniti Stability Control Indicator

Stability Control Indicator

This indicator will blink when the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system is operating. This is normal and is an indication of the vehicle limiting wheel spin to control the traction. It may be felt or heard while driving the vehicle. Always use caution when driving on slippery surfaces such as rain, snow, or ice.

If the slip indicator or traction control stays on, it means there is a malfunction with this system. The most common problems are faulty abs wheel speed sensor or steering angle sensor may need to be reset.

First, start the engine and while stopped turn the steering wheel all the way to the left then all the way to right. Repeat this procedure twice. This resets the steering angle sensor and in many cases the stability control light. If the stability control light continues to stay on, read fault codes from the ABS module using an ABS Scanner

One of the most common problems that causes Infinti stability control light to come on is due to a faulty wheel speed sensor. 

Infiniti  Turn Signal Indicator

Turn Signal Indicator

The turn signal indicator turns on and flashes when the turn signal switch indicates the driver turning left or right. Push the turn signal stalk up or down to turn on the turn signal indicator. If the lamp flashes rapidly, it is a sign of a bad bulb.

Common turn signal indicator issues:

  • The turn signal switch is faulty. 
  • Burnt out/ bad turn signal bulb
Infiniti Door Ajar

Door Ajar

The door ajar indicator stays illuminated when any of the doors or trunk are not closed properly. If this indicator does not go off even after closing the door properly, it may be caused by worn-out latches in the door or a faulty door ajar sensor.

Common causes of the door ajar indicator light:

  • Worn-out door latches/ strikers
  • Faulty door ajar sensor
Infiniti Park Lamps ON Indicator

Park Lamps ON 

This light means the parking lights have been turned on. Typically the low beam switch or headlight dial controls the parking lights. Turn the switch or headlight dial to turn off the parking lamps. 

Infiniti  Seat Belt Reminder

Seat Belt Reminder

This is a reminder to fasten the front driver or passenger's seatbelt. An audible chime will repeat while the vehicle is in motion, and the seatbelt is unfastened. Fasten any passenger's seatbelts for the warning to go off. If a warning still happens, there is a malfunction.

Common seat belt warning malfunctions:

  • Faulty seat belt sensor
  • Faulty seat pressure sensor
  • Seatbelt not fastened
Infiniti  Stability Control OFF Indicator

Stability Control OFF 

This indicator comes on when the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) is off. It is either off due to malfunction or was manually turned off. It is always recommended to have VDC on to keep the vehicle from slipping and losing control in hazardous situations. It can usually be turned on and off within the information display or by a button on the dash.

If the light stays on constantly and traction control can not be turned on, then the system has been turned off due to a problem with this system or ABS. Use an ABS scanner to diagnose the system.

Infiniti Security Indicator

 

Security Indicator

This light will blink every three seconds when the ignition is in either OFF, LOCK or in the AUTO ACC position. All entry points of the vehicle must be closed and locked properly for the system to arm. If the light continuously stays on the vehicle, security features will not let the vehicle start or drive and need to be serviced.

Infiniti Hybrid Ready Indicator

Infiniti Hybrid Ready Indicator

Hybrid Ready Indicator

The ready indicator light on a hybrid vehicle means that the electric systems checks have passed, and the vehicle functions normally. It is ready for use, aka driving. While this light remains on, the vehicle will be using its EV motor and hybrid battery power to drive.

Infiniti Fog Lamp IndicatorInfiniti Fog Lamp Indicators

 

Fog Lamp Indicator

The green fog lamp indicator pointing to the left means the front fog lights are turned on. 

The amber fog lamp indicator pointing to the right means the rear fog lights are turned on.

These lamps can disable the headlamp dial/switch. Either turn or press the switch depending on the model to turn off the fog lamps.

Infiniti Keyless Start Fault Indicator

Keyless Access or Start Fault Indicator

This is an indicator that the intelligent key is faulty or not detected. If the vehicle is running, it is possible to drive to a mechanic/dealer as long as the vehicle is not turned off to have it serviced. 

Common causes of the keyless access start fault indicator light:

  • The intelligent key battery is dead.
  • The intelligent key has been damaged or is faulty.
  • It is also possible the module reading the key fob is faulty, but it is less likely. 
Infiniti Blind Spot Warning Indicator

Blind Spot Warning Indicator

This light shows when the blind-spot warning system is on and other vehicles are detected within the blind spot. This indicator is usually shown on the driver and passenger side mirrors. The BSW can be turned off with the vehicle's information display. 

Infiniti All Wheel Drive Trouble Indicator

All Wheel Drive Trouble Indicator

The all-wheel-drive trouble indicator is illuminated when the vehicle's AWD system needs to be service. The vehicle will only function in front-wheel drive. This indicator also means there is a diagnostic trouble code stored in the vehicle's body control module. Use an OBDII body control module scan tool to pull the stored trouble codes.

Infiniti Automatic Emergency Braking IndicatorInfiniti  Automatic Emergency Braking Indicator

 Automatic Emergency Braking Indicator

This warning light indicates the automatic emergency braking system (AEB) has been engaged.  The system has detected a possible collision from sensing a vehicle in front that is approaching too quickly. The automatic emergency braking system will automatically take over, decelerate, and brake the vehicle to give the driver time to react and prevent a collision. If this light stays on under normal operating conditions, there is a fault, and it will need to be serviced.

Infiniti Cruise Control Indicator

Infiniti Cruise Control Indicator

Cruise Control Indicator

This light means that the cruise control has been enabled. The vehicle will keep a constant speed. Cruise control will turn off if you press the brakes. 

Note that in this case, there is no adaptive cruise control. The vehicle will not keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front. 

Infiniti Drive Mode IndicatorsInfiniti Drive Mode Indicators

 

Drive Mode Indicators

​​​​​​​The amber sport mode indicator means the vehicle is in the sport mode. This will enhance the vehicle's throttle response, and it includes higher shift points for bigger revs for a more sporty feel.

The eco mode indicator means the vehicle is in economy mode. While in this mode, throttle response will be reduced and transmission function smoothed out to reduce fuel consumption. 

Both of these modes can be enabled/disabled by pressing the buttons on the dash with the corresponding modes.

Infiniti EV ON Indicator

EV ON Indicator

​​​​​​​The EV operation indicator means the hybrid vehicle is using battery power to function. When this light goes off, the electric motor likely needs to kick on to provide enough acceleration when pressing on the throttle.

Infiniti Park Brake IndicatorInfiniti Park Brake Indicator

Park Brake Indicator

This light indicates the parking brake is on. Can illuminate either red or yellow in color. If the parking brake is off, this light indicates the parking brake system needs to be serviced. 

Common causes of the park brake indicator light:

  • Park brake module failure
  • Improper cable adjustment
  • Worn-out/low park brake shoes
  • Greater electrical/wiring failure

Infiniti Master Warning LightInfiniti Master Warning Light

Master Warning Light

When the ignition is ON or the vehicle is running, the master warning light illuminating could mean a variety of different warnings. Check the vehicle's information display for any messages, and check if any other warning lights are on the dash. 

Common causes of the master warning light:

  • No key warning
  • Low windshield-washer fluid warning
  • Parking brake release warning 
  • Door/trunk open warning
  • Loose fuel cap
  • Low tire pressure warning
Infiniti Hood Ajar Indicator

Hood Ajar Indicator

The hood ajar indicator can be an indication of the hood left open. If the hood is not shut properly, it is possible it can fly up at highway speeds, causing a wreck. Make sure the hood latch is functioning and locking properly. 

Common causes of the hood ajar indicator light on:

  • The Hood is not shut all the way.
  • Hood latch misaligned, loose, or broken, not closing properly.
  • Hood ajar sensor or wiring faulty
Infiniti Low key Battery Indicator

Low key Battery Indicator

This indicator light means the intelligent key battery is low and needs to be changed. Refer to the owner's manual for the type of battery and follow this guide to learn how to change it.

Infiniti Slip Indicator

Slip Indicator

This indicator will blink when the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system is operating. This is normal and is an indication of the vehicle limiting wheel spin to control the traction. This is normal, and it may be felt or heard while driving the vehicle. Always use caution when driving on slippery surfaces such as rain, snow, or ice.

If the slip indicator or traction control stays on, it means there is a malfunction with this system. The most common problems are faulty abs wheel speed sensor or steering angle sensor may need to be reset. To troubleshoot this problem, read fault codes from the ABS module using an ABS Scanner

Infiniti Check Automatic Transmission Indicator

Check Automatic Transmission Indicator

The automatic transmission check indicator light is a sign of malfunctioning automatic transmission. The problem could lie within the transmission or many sensors it uses to function. It is best to take it to a mechanic or dealer to have a diagnostic done, and the diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) for the automatic transmission pulled and the vehicle serviced. In most cases, if this light comes on, the vehicle will put itself into limp mode, and the driver will not be able to go above speeds of 45 mph. It is recommended in this case to have the vehicle towed to a shop.

Common AT Check faults:

  • Low transmission fluid
  • Faulty solenoids or speed sensors
  • Transmission failure or damage
 Infiniti Automatic Transmission Park Indicator

Automatic Transmission Park Indicator 

This light means the vehicle's four-wheel-drive shifter is in neutral. The shifter needs to be put in 4 Low or 4 High to engage the drive gear. This light will also illuminate when there is a malfunction in the park mechanism of the transmission. Have it serviced by a mechanic or the dealer if this is the case.

Infiniti Continuously Variable Transmission Indicator

Continuously Variable Transmission Indicator

The CVT warning illuminates when there is a problem with the CVT system. Have the system checked if this warning comes on. Avoid driving with this light on as it could cause more damage. Take it to a mechanic or Nissan dealer immediately. They will perform diagnostics and read the diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) stored within the vehicle's computer. 

Infiniti Electronic Brake Force Distribution Fault Indicator

Electronic Brake Force Distribution Fault Indicator 

This electronic brake force distribution (EBD) warning lamp means the EBD has detected a fault and needs to be serviced. The EBD varies brake force on each wheel using conditions such as the load on each wheel, the vehicle's speed, and the condition of the road. The ABS and brakes must also be functioning properly for the EBD to work. 

Infiniti Brake Pad Wear Warning Indicator

Brake Pad Wear Warning Indicator

The brake pad wear warning indicator means the vehicle has determined the brake pads are then, and little to no life is left in them. Have the brakes serviced as soon as possible. The set of pads that are low will need to be serviced for this warning lamp to go off.

Infiniti Steering Lock Fault Indicator

 Steering Lock Fault Indicator

This light is an indicator that the steering lock is functioning properly. It should only be when the key is in the off position and the lock is engaged.

Infiniti Lane Intervention Indicator

Lane Intervention Indicator

This indicator shows when the Intelligent Lane Intervention system (I-Li) is engaged. It will engage when the vehicle is correcting itself back on the road after the system detects it has departed from the driving lane to prevent the vehicle from going off the road. 

Infiniti Steering Assist Indicator

Steering Assist Indicator

​​​​​​​This indicator will appear when lane departure is detected and the steering assist is engaged. It engages when the vehicle departs a lane and needs to correct itself. This can be turned off and will not engage even when lane departure is detected. 

Infiniti Backup Collision Intervention System Indicator

Backup Collision Intervention OFF Indicator

The backup collision intervention (BCI) means that the backup collision intervention system is disabled. If this light stays on after the initial start-up, it will need to be serviced. The backup collision system prevents the vehicle from any collisions while reversing; it will automatically engage the brakes if a collision is detected with something behind.

Infiniti Driver Assist System Indicator

Driver Assist System Indicator

This drive assist system indicator means the advanced driver assist system (ADAS) is enabled. This system aids the driver in parking the car safely. It will detect any objects close and help steer, mitigate, or alert the driver to prevent a collision. It also has cameras around the vehicle to detect any motion while the car is parked and, if flash storage is available, record video of any motion detected.

Infiniti Check Suspension Indicator

Check Suspension Indicator

​​​​​​​The check suspension indicator means there is a fault within the suspension system. The dealer or a mechanic should service it to fix the problem. This lamp will go off when the problem is fixed.

Infiniti Tow Mode IndicatorInfiniti Tow Mode Indicator

Tow Mode Indicator

​​​​​​​The tow mode indicator means the vehicle will only go in low gear to give maximum torque and pulling power. It will also have higher shift points for peak power. The tow mode can be turned off by the button on the dash.

Infiniti 4 Wheel Drive Trouble Indicator

4 Wheel Drive Trouble Indicator 

The 4WD trouble indicator means there is a fault within the 4WD system. The vehicle will not be able to use 4WD but will still use the rear-wheel drive. The vehicle will need to be serviced, and an OBDII scan tool can be used to read the diagnostic trouble codes given by this fault.

Infiniti Snow Mode Indicator

Snow Mode Indicator

​​​​​​​The snow mode indicator means the vehicle is in snow mode. It controls the vehicle's throttle response to be less aggressive, and the RPMs and shifts point to be lower to give maximum traction in slippery conditions.

Infiniti Idle Start Stop Indicator

 Idle Start Stop Indicator 

The idle start-stop indicator means the vehicle's engine will turn off when it comes to a complete stop. When the accelerator is pushed, the vehicle will automatically start again. This light will go off when the auto idle start-stop is turned off. This feature is used to decrease fuel consumption and engine idle hours. 

Infiniti EV Mode Indicator

 EV Mode Indicator

​​​​​​​The EV mode means the hybrid vehicle is running on battery power. This indicator means the hybrid vehicle is working properly. When the battery power runs out, and the gasoline engine has to turn on to charge the battery packs, this light will turn off.

Infiniti Regenerative Brake System Fault Indicator

Regenerative Brake System Fault Indicator

The regenerative brake system fault indicator means that some part of the regenerative braking system has failed. The regenerative braking works by converting energy from braking back into the motor or stores it in the batteries.  This system has various working parts that could fail, and it will need to be serviced. A loss of efficiency in energy consumption will occur.

Infiniti EV Fault Indicator

EV Fault Indicator

​​​​​​​The EV fault indicator is the hybrid vehicle's equivalent of a check engine light. Use an OBDII scanner to read the diagnostic trouble codes. Take the vehicle to get serviced. Do NOT try to service a hybrid vehicle unless you are an expert. Accidents can lead to high voltage shock causing death. 

Infiniti Pedestrian Sound Fault Indicator

Pedestrian Sound Fault Indicator

The pedestrian sound fault means that the alert system used to alert pedestrians to the presence of the electric vehicle is not working. Electric vehicles are required to have this alert system in place due to hybrid EVs' quiet nature. The sound system needs to be serviced if this lamp stays on, it's possible a speaker is out, or the wiring has an open or short.

Infiniti Intelligent Cruise Control IndicatorInfiniti Intelligent Cruise Control Indicator

Intelligent Cruise Control Indicator

​​​​​​​The intelligent cruise control indicator shows that the intelligent cruise control (ICC) is active. This enhanced version of cruise control will use the car's forward-looking radar sensors to prevent any collision with vehicles detected ahead. 

Infiniti Adaptive Front Lighting OFF Indicator

 Adaptive Front Lighting OFF Indicator

The adaptive front lighting (AFS) off indicator means that the AFS is not working. When steering the vehicle, the AFS detects the angle at which the vehicle is turning and adjusts the headlights accordingly to keep the road ahead lit. This system will need to be serviced if this light is on.

Infiniti Headlamp Indicator

Headlamp Indicator

​​​​​​​The headlamp indicator means the normal headlamps are active. This indicator will go off when the vehicle's headlights are turned off.

Infiniti Automatic High Beam Indicators

 Automatic High Beam Indicators

​​​​​​​The automatic high beam indicator stays on when the high beam headlights are set to turn on automatically. This can be turned off, and the indicator will go off when it is not active.

Infiniti Distance Warning Indicator

Distance Warning Indicator 

​​​​​​​This warning light indicates a vehicle that is approaching too quickly in the direction of travel. It is to alert the driver to slow down and not get too close to the vehicles ahead.

Infiniti Vehicle Ahead Indicator

Vehicle Ahead Indicator 

This indicator means there is a vehicle too close within a certain distance ahead. It alerts the driver to increase the following distance to prevent an accident in case of needing to brake suddenly. 

The purpose of many of these lights on an Infiniti is to inform the driver when a system is enabled. 

A few of these lights indicate a problem or malfunction and inform the driver that that particular system has been disabled.

diagnose Infiniti warning lights

To find out what is wrong with these systems, use an All System Infiniti Scanner to read the fault codes from the corresponding module. 

Note that most OBD-II scanners can only reach check engine codes and are not able to diagnose other systems such as airbags, ABS, traction control, etc. 

Difficulty: Very Easy