Volvo Dashboard Warning Lights and Symbols

Volvo Anti-lock Brake System Fault IndicatorVolvo 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 system 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
Volvo Service Engine Soon IndicatorVolvo check engine lightCheck engine light

 

Check Engine Light / Service Engine Soon 

The service engine soon lamp means a fault has occurred in one of the various vehicle 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

Volvo  Air Bag Warning Light

Volvo 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. 

Volvo Tire Pressure Monitor Indicator

Tire Pressure Monitor Indicator

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
Volvo Charge system Trouble Indicator

Charge System Trouble Indicator

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

  • Alternator not charging
  • Bad battery not holding charge
  • Loose battery cable
Volvo  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. 

Volvo  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. 

Volvo Oil Warning Light

Oil Warning Light

This light warns of low engine oil pressure. It is an indicator of insufficient oil pressure through the oil passages and the main bearings of the engine. It is possible the engine oil level is 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

Volvo Brake Trouble IndicatorsVolvo Brake Trouble Indicator

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)

Volvo Economy Mode Operation Indicator

 

Economy Mode Operation Indicator

In economy mode, the vehicle will adjust engine and transmission performance for the best fuel economy. 

For example, engine RPMs don't reach high values, and transmission may shift earlier. These adjustments help keep fuel consumption down. 

Volvo High Beam Indicator

High Beam Indicator

This light means the high beams are turned on. You should only use this setting if you are the only vehicle on the road. Do not keep the high beams on if you are coming in the opposite direction or other vehicles in front of your vehicle. 

To turn off the high beam, pull the turn switch towards the back of the vehicle. 

Volvo Lane Keeping Indicator

 

Lane Keeping Indicator

This light means that lane assist is enabled. This light should flash if you leave the lane without turning on the blinker. The steering will be adjusted to keep the vehicle in the center of the driving lane. If the steering will is turned by the driver, it will cancel the adjustment, and the driver will regain control.

Volvo Stability Control IndicatorVolvo Stability, Traction Control and Fault Indicators

Stability Control Indicator

This light means that the stability control has been disabled. The vehicle can be driven but keep in mind stability control is off. 

In most cases, this light comes on at the same time that the ABS light comes on. If that is the case, there is a high chance one of the wheel speed sensors is faulty. 

Use an ABS Scanner to read the fault codes from the ABS and traction modules. 

Volvo  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

Volvo Door AjarVolvo Door, Trunk Ajar Indicator

Door, Trunk Ajar Indicator

This light means that one of the doors is open or is not closed completely. Pullover, park the vehicle and check to ensure all the doors are fully closed. If all entry points are closed properly, there may be a problem with the latches or sensors.

Volvo Park Lamps ON Indicator

Park Lamps ON Indicator

This lamp means the parking lights have been turned on. Typically the low beam switch controls the parking lights. Turn the switch one more click to turn on the low beams, or turn the opposite way to turn all lights off.

Volvo  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
Volvo  Stability Control OFF Indicator

Stability Control OFF Indicator

This indicator comes on when the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is off. It is either off due to malfunction or was manually turned off. It is always recommended to have ESC 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.

Volvo Fog Lamp IndicatorVolvo Fog Lamp Indicator

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.

Volvo 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. 

Volvo Park Brake Indicator

Volvo Park Brake Indicator

Volvo Park Brake Indicator

Volvo 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 electronic park brake indicator light on a Nissan vehicle:

  • Park brake module failure
  • Improper cable adjustment
  • Worn-out/low park brake shoes
  • Greater electrical/wiring failure
Volvo Auto Brake ON Indicator

Auto Brake ON Indicator

This light is an indicator of the automatic brake hold system working properly when certain conditions such as stop and go traffic are met. When it is green, the brake hold is being applied. When it is white, the system is on stand-by.

Volvo Security Indicator

Security Indicator

The security indicator will blink every three seconds when the vehicle ignition is in OFF, LOCK, or the AUTO ACC position and if all the entry points are locked properly. If it does not flash while the vehicle is locked and entry points are sealed, the system is not working. If the light stays solid, the vehicle has been immobilized and will not start or move.

Volvo Attention Indicator

Volvo Attention Indicator

Volvo Attention Indicator

 Attention Indicator

The attention indicator means there is a common fault happening. Check the dash for a message detailing the problem. This message will appear on the information display every time the ignition is turned on. Fix the problem causing the error for the attention indicator to go off. 

Common causes of the attention indicator:

  • No key warning
  • Low windshield-washer fluid warning
  • Parking brake release warning 
  • Door/trunk open warning
  • Loose fuel cap
  • Low tire pressure warning
Volvo Transmission Fault Indicator

Transmission Fault Indicator

The transmission fault indicator means there is a problem with the automatic transmission. This light will show on the information display and will include a message. Check the message for more information on this fault. An OBDII scan tool will be needed to read the ECU for automatic transmission trouble codes. Diagnose and repair the transmission to get rid of the transmission fault indicator.

Volvo All Wheel Drive Fault Indicator

All Wheel Drive Fault Indicator

The all-wheel-drive fault indicator means the all-wheel drive (AWD) needs to be serviced. The AWD has a fault and will show up on the information display along with a message with more information. Use an OBDII scan tool to read the diagnostic trouble codes from the AWD module. This will help determine what problem is occurring with the AWD system.

Volvo Loose Gas Cap Indicator

Loose Gas Cap Indicator

This light means the gas cap was not tightened or has been left off. Check the gas cap to see if it's properly tightened and drive the vehicle an ignition cycle to see if the light goes off. If the gas was overfilled, it is also possible it sets this off until the gas has had time to evaporate from the charcoal canister.

Volvo Auto Start Stop System Indicator

Auto Start-Stop System Indicator

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

Volvo Vehicle Detected Ahead

Vehicle Detected Ahead Pilot Assist

This light means that a vehicle in front has been detected within a distance closer than the set interval. This is a feature of pilot assist; if a possible collision is detected from approaching a vehicle too fast, the vehicle will slow down and start braking. The vehicle detected lamp will illuminate, and an audible warning will be heard.

Volvo Rain Sensor Indicator

 Rain Sensor Indicator

This light illuminates when the rain sensor is on. With the rain sensor on, any time rainwater is detected on the windshield; the wiper blades will turn on automatically. Turn off the rain sensor by pressing the button on the windshield wiper stalk. The light will turn off also.

Volvo Sport Mode Indicator

Sport Mode Indicator

The DSTC sport mode means that the vehicle is in a driving mode that offers a more active feel. The stability control is still on but offers more slip and lateral wheel movement. If a large amount of slip is detected, stability control will still come one. Sport mode also offers faster throttle response, transmission shifts, and suspension feel to feel sportier and offer a different driving experience.

Volvo Frost Warning Indicator

Frost Warning Indicator

The frost warning indicator means the outside temperature below the temperature at which frost forms on roads. This is a warning to drive with caution. Driving in extreme conditions such as icy roads is dangerous.

Volvo Preconditioning Indicator

Preconditioning Indicator

The preconditioning indicator means the vehicle is being warmed or cooled to the ideal climate set by the user. This can be activated remotely to warm up or cool the car before driving it. The vehicle will maintain this set climate once it is reached. The settings for it can be changed within the information display. Preconditioning can also be started by tapping the icon on the climate control.

Volvo Active High Beam Indicator

Active High Beam Indicator

This light means that the high beams will turn on automatically when there no incoming traffic. The active high beam switch needs to be on, and the high beams turned on on the stalk for the automatic high beams to work.

Volvo Active Bending Lights Malfunction Indicator

Active Bending Lights Malfunction Indicator

The active bending lights malfunction means the headlamp's automatic bending function is not working. This function is used to keep the lights in front of the vehicle on the road while cornering. The lights bend to the road as the steering is turned. The lights will function as normal in a straight path with this malfunction. The system will need to be serviced to fix this problem and to turn off this indicator lamp.

The purpose of many of these lights on a Volvo is to inform the driver when a system is enabled or disabled.  

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

diagnose Volvo warning lights

To find out what is wrong with these systems, use an All System Volvo Scanner to read the fault codes from the corresponding module.  Note that generic OBD-II scanners can only read check engine codes and are not able to diagnose other systems such as airbag, ABS, traction control, etc. 

By  YOUCANIC Automotive Experts

Published on: Friday, November 13, 2020.
Updated on: Friday, January 8, 2021

 

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