Tesla Dashboard Warning Lights and Symbols Explained

Tesla ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) Fault

ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) Fault

This light on means that there is a problem found in the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). Use an ABS scan tool to read the stored faults on the Teslas computer. The brakes will remain functional, but the ABS system will no longer work. Service the ABS for the warning indicator to go off.

Common ABS system faults:

  • Faulty ABS wheel speed sensor
  • Broken ABS wheel ring
Tesla Air Bag Warning Indicator

Airbag Warning Indicator

The airbag warning indicator will remain lit if there is a fault with the airbag system. Use a professional OBDII airbag scanner to read the stored codes for the faults that are happening. The only time this symbol should light up is briefly when the ignition is turned ON.

Common causes of airbag faults:

  • Dead battery
  • Faulty clock spring
  • A damaged passenger weight sensor
Tesla Tire Pressure Warning

Tire Pressure Warning 

This light means that there might be a problem with the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) or the tire pressure is underinflated. Check the touchscreen display for which tire position is giving the fault. Check to see if the tire is aired up to pressure listed on the driver's side door jam. If the tire is aired up and the light remains on after driving, there is a fault with a sensor or the control module.

Common causes of TPMS failure:

  • One or more underinflated tires.
  • A faulty tire pressure monitor system sensor
  • A bad TPMS control module
Tesla Brake Booster Fault

Brake Booster Fault

This light means that there is a problem with the brake booster. A greater force will be required to stop. Hydraulic booster compensation will engage in case of the brake booster failure. Use a steady force behind the brake pedal to stop with hydraulic compensation.

Common causes of brake booster failure:

  • Ruptured brake booster diapraghm 
  • Vacuum leaks
Tesla Brake System Fault

Brake System Fault

This light means that there a brake system fault has occurred. Pull the vehicle over when it is safe to do so. Have the vehicle towed to a safe location, it is dangerous to drive with a brake system failure. Under the hood check the brake fluid level. Have the brake system serviced.

Common causes of brake system indicator:

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

Auto High Beam

This light means that the auto high beam is activated. The high beams will turn on automatically when there is no oncoming traffic. The high beam switch and automatic high beam button both need to be on for this to work. Turning either off will turn off the system.

Tesla Autosteer

Autosteer

This light means that the autosteer is available but not active. To engage autosteer push the driver stalk down two times in quick succession. This will activate autosteer and the icon will display on the touchscreen blue. The detected lane markers will also display blue. To disengage autosteer push the driver stalk upwards.

 Tesla Bluetooth

Bluetooth

This light means that you are able to connect a Bluetooth device to the vehicle. Refer to the owner's manual to learn how to connect various bluetooth devices. Turn bluetooth off in the touchscreen settings. This will turn off the bluetooth indicator.

Tesla Calendar

Calendar

The calendar is located in the apps on the touchscreen display. Touch the calendar icon to pull up all events/dates scheduled on the calendar. Teslas calendar app can be synced with smartphone calendars if this option is enabled.

Tesla Call

Call

The icon for the call app is located on the touchscreen display in the apps section. This app can make hands-free calls from the tesla if a phone is connected via bluetooth. Navigate to the call app and any contacts on the phone will be displayed as well as a dial to input numbers to make calls. 

Tesla Camera

Camera

This icon is for the camera app which can be navigated to on the touchscreen in the apps section. The camera app shows a live feed from the rear and side-view cameras. If the car is put in reverse the camera app will automatically display the rear camera feed on display.

Tesla Cellular Network

Cellular Network

This indicator shows the cellular network of a connected phone. The phone must be connected via bluetooth for this indicator to show. Disconnect the phone via bluetooth to turn off this indicator.

Tesla Charging

Charging

This icon is for the charging app located on the tesla's touchscreen display. Open this app to display charging information such as: how many miles can be driven on the current charge and how long the tesla needs to charge. The charge port door can also be opened from this app.

Tesla Climate Control

Cold Battery

This indicator appears when some of the stored energy is unavailable due to the hybrid battery temperature being low. The battery can be heated in the climate control settings. The snowflake icon will disappear when the battery has warmed up. 

Tesla Controls

Controls

The controls app is anchored on the bottom of the touchscreen display. It is an important app and lets the driver control all the features of the vehicle. There is a wide variety of features to adjust such as: sunroof, suspension, driving modes, trips, and parking brake. 

Tesla Current Driving Speed

Current Driving Speed 

This indicator shows the current speed of the vehicle. It only appears when traffic-aware cruise control is active. When traffic-aware cruise control speed is set this indicator will change to blue and show the max speed at which it was set.

Tesla Dashcam

Dashcam

This icon displays when a supported flash drive with sufficient memory has been inserted into the USB port. It means the dashcam is ready to use. The dashcam will automatically record when driving and a red circle will display on top of the icon. To pause the recording touch and hold the icon. To save a recording tap the icon. While the vehicle is in park touch the icon to view saved dashcam recordings.

Tesla Door Ajar

Door Ajar

This door ajar indicator means that a door is open or not properly closed on the vehicle. If all doors are shut properly and this warning lamp is still on it may be caused by a malfunction.

Common faults causing the door ajar indicator: 

  • Worn-out door latches/ strikers
  • Faulty door ajar sensor
Tesla Drive's Profile

Driver's Profile

Touch the driver's profile icon to add, switch, or configure driver profiles. Driver profiles allow subsets of settings that are adjusted in the controls menu to be saved for individual drivers. Driver profiles can also be linked to individual keys and will automatically swap when the driver's key is used. 

Tesla Electronic Stability Control System OFF

 Electronic Stability Control System OFF

This light means that the Electronic Stability Control System is not active anymore. It will display until the traction control is enabled again. The vehicle can be put in slip start mode where traction control will be turned off to deliberately allow wheel slip. This allows the wheels to spin at a set speed to try and get a start on slippery surfaces.

Tesla Electronic Stability Control System

Electronic Stability Control System

This light means that the Electronic Stability Control System is reducing the wheel speed by controlling brake pressure and motor power. It will flash when the stability control is actively working. If this light stays on the system has detected a fault and the traction control system will be disabled.

Common causes of electronic stability control system failure:

  • Faulty steering angle or wheel speed sensors/contaminated sensors
  • Faulty ABS system
  • Faulty power steering system
  • Engine problems such as misfiring cylinders
Tesla Emergency Braking in Progress

Emergency Braking in Progress

The emergency braking indicator displays when automatic emergency braking is engaging. Braking is applied when a forward collision is detected by the vehicle's front sonar sensors. An audible chime will also be heard and the brake pedal will move downward. Emergency braking will disengage if the brakes are tapped or the steering wheel turned. Emergency braking can be disabled in the autopilot controls.

Tesla Energy

Energy

The energy app shows real-time and projected energy usage of the vehicle. The consumption is calculated over a range of miles. It can also be calculated on the trip menu if navigation is being used.

Tesla Entertainment

Entertainment

This app can be opened for access to a library of games and video streaming services. Depending on the region of the vehicle it may not be available. 

Tesla Front Fog Lights

Front Fog Lights

This light means that the front fog lights are activated. The fog lights can be turned on or off in the controls > lights section on the touchscreen display.

Tesla High Beam Headlights

High Beam Headlights

This light means that the high beam headlights are active and auto high beam is not enabled. High beam headlights can be turned on by pushing the turn signal stalk forward. They can be disabled by pulling the turn signal stalk backward. 

Tesla High Beam Not Enabled

 Auto High Beam Headlights

This light means that Auto High Beam Headlights are on. The auto beam headlights will turn on the high beam headlights automatically when the vehicle does not sense oncoming traffic. They will turn off if oncoming traffic is detected. The auto high beam headlights can be enabled and disabled in the controls > lights settings on the touchscreen display.

Tesla Hold

Hold

This light means that the vehicle hold is activating the brakes. If hold is enabled in the control settings the vehicle will automatically apply the brakes on hills even if the foot is removed from the brake. This can also be disabled in the control settings.

Tesla HomeLink

HomeLink

The HomeLink app uses a wireless universal transceiver that can be set to control radio frequency (RF) devices in the home. Through this app RF devices like garage door openers, lights, and security systems can be controlled. Navigate to this app on the touchscreen display to use it.

 

Tesla Information

Information

The Tesla "T" information app can be used to access specific vehicle information. Things such as the odometer, vin number, vehicle name, and more will be displayed. The customer support number for tesla is also in this menu.

Tesla Low Beam Headlights

Low Beam Headlights

This light means that the low beam headlights are active. The headlights can be controlled in the control > lights menu. Low beam headlights can be set to automatically be turned on here or they can also manually be enabled in this menu.

Tesla Notification

Notifications

The notification warning will display any faults that have occurred with the vehicle. Systems may become unavailable and troubleshooting will be needed. It will appear on the touchscreen display and can be tapped to display more information. Any stored notifications and information about them will be displayed when tapped.

Tesla Parking Brake Fault

Parking Brake Fault

This light means that there is a problem with the parking brake. A fault has been detected and stored in the vehicle's park brake module. A professional OBDII scan tool will be needed to retrieve the stored diagnostic codes. 

Common causes of parking brake faults:

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

Parking Brake

This light means that the parking brakes have been manually activated. It will stay on until the parking brake has been disengaged. This alerts the driver to not leave the parking brake on while driving. 

Tesla  Parking Lights

Parking Lights

This light means that the parking lights are active. The parking lights can be enabled/disabled in the controls>lights menu. Turn the parking lights off to remove the indicator from the touchscreen display.

Tesla Paused

Paused

Press and hold the Dashcam icon, when recording, to pause recording. Tap the dashcam icon again to resume recording.

Tesla Saved

Saved

Tap the Dashcam icon, when recording, to archive the most recent ten minutes of video. The video will be saved to the portable flash drive plugged into the USB port.

Tesla Recording

Recording

The dashcam recording icon will begin when the vehicle is driven as long as the dashcam is enabled. A dashcam icon will be displayed on the touchscreen before driving if it is enabled.

Tesla Rear Window Defroster

Rear Window Defroster 

The rear window defroster icon is in the climate controls. Tap this icon to enable/disable rear window defrost. The icon will turn blue once enabled. Once disable it will turn back to gray.

Tesla Seat Belt Reminder

Seat Belt Reminder

This light means that the driver or any other passenger seat belt is not fastened. The warning will turn on with an audible repeating chime until the unbuckled seatbelt is fastened for all passengers. If the warning still happens even after all seatbelts are fastened there is a fault.

Common causes of seatbelt malfunction:

  • Faulty seat belt sensor
  • Faulty seat pressure sensor
  • Seatbelt not fastened
Tesla Sentry Mode

Sentry Mode

This light means that sentry mode is enabled. It can be set in the controls>safety & security> sentry mode settings menu. Sentry mode will keep the car cameras and motion sensors active to monitor any activity around the vehicle while parked. This mode comes at a cost of increased battery consumption for more safety.

Tesla Software Updates

Software Updates

This light will display when the vehicle has an available software update. The vehicle will need to be connected to a secure WiFi internet connection to download and install the update. Once the update has been applied the software update indicator will go off. 

Tesla The Set Cruising Speed

The Set Cruising Speed

This light means that Traffic-Aware Cruise Control is cruising at a set cruising speed. It is the max speed at which the vehicle will go. If the vehicle slows down from traffic it will return to this speed if possible. To disengage tap the breaks or turn off the cruise control. 

Tesla Toybox

Toybox

The toybox app will display all unlocked "Easter Eggs" For more information about these easter eggs refer to the owner's manual. 

Tesla Turn Signal

Tesla Turn Signal

Turn Signals

The turn signal indicators will display on the vehicle's touchscreen display. Each turn signal can be enabled by pushing the turn signal stalk on the left side of the steering wheel up or down. If a problem happens with the turn signals a fault may be displayed on the touchscreen display.

Common turn signal faults:

  • The turn signal switch is faulty. 
  • Burnt out/ bad turn signal bulb
Tesla Unlock Doors

Unlock Doors

This icon at the top of the touchscreen display can be tapped to unlock/lock all doors and trunk.

Tesla Vehicle Power

Vehicle Power

This light means that the vehicle's power is being limited because the energy in the battery might be low or the vehicle's systems are being cooled down or heated. The light will be amber if it is due to overheating. Pull over immediately in case of a temperature problem and let the vehicle cool down. If possible get to a charging station in case of low battery. If this problem persists the vehicle will need to be serviced.

Tesla Web

Web

The web app can be used to access the internet browser if internet connectivity is available.  

Tesla Wi-Fi Network

Wi-Fi Network

This icon means that the vehicle is connected to Wi-Fi.

Tesla Windshield Defroster

Front Windshield Defroster

The front window defroster icon is in the climate controls. Tap this icon to enable/disable front window defrost. The icon will turn blue once enabled. Once disable it will turn back to gray.

Tesla OFF

OFF

This option means that the exterior lights are off until the drivers turn them back on.

Tesla ON

ON

This option means that the exterior lights are active.

Tesla Auto

AUTO

This option means that if the vehicle finds low lighting conditions the exterior lights will automatically turn on.

Tesla Parking

PARKING

This option means that all Parking lights (the exterior side marker lights, parking lights, tail lights, and license plates lights) are active.

 

By  YOUCANIC Automotive Experts

Published on: Friday, November 13, 2020.
Updated on: Monday, January 4, 2021

 

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