Lexus Dashboard Warning Lights and Symbols

Lexus Dashboard Warning Lights & Symbols

Identifying Lexus dashboard lights is important for ensuring the proper functioning and maintenance of your vehicle. Dashboard lights provide visual warnings and alerts about various systems and components in your car. Some common lights include the check engine light, oil pressure light, low battery warning, and tire pressure monitoring system light. Understanding the meaning of each light and taking prompt action is essential to maintaining the health of your Lexus and avoiding potential issues down the road.

2010 Lexus ES 350 Warning Lights


Lexus Anti-Lock Brake System Warning LightABS warning light 

The ABS warning light indicates the malfunctioning of the ABS and brake assist system. It is usually caused by a faulty ABS wheel speed sensor or a bad clock spring. Traction control will be disabled, as well. Use an ABS Scanner to read fault codes and determine why your Lexus ABS light is on.


Lexus Check Engine (CEL)Check Engine CEL  | MIL Malfunction Indicator Lamp 

If the check engine light comes on, the Onboard Diagnostic System (OBD) has detected a problem with the engine, transmission, or EVAP system.

If the check engine light is always on (solid), you may be able to continue your journey. If the check engine light is flashing, a misfire has been detected in one of the cylinders. Do not operate the vehicle for more than a few minutes if the check engine light is flashing, or you will damage the engine and catalytic converter. The engine may overheat, too, and blow a head gasket. There are hundreds of possibilities. Read fault codes with an OBD-II scanner as possible.


Lexus Air Bag LightAirbag Light | SRS warning light 

When the airbag warning light comes on, it indicates a problem with the Supplement Restraint System, such as a faulty passenger weight sensor. The airbag may not deploy if you get in an accident.

Low voltage, dead battery, faulty passenger sensor, bad clock spring, or damaged wires can be triggered. To diagnose the Lexus airbag light, you will need a diagnostic scanner for the airbag system. Generic OBD-II scanners can not read airbag codes and will not show any fault codes.

Lexus Engine Overheating High Coolant TemperatureEngine Overheating | High Coolant Temperature

This light is on or flashes to let you know the engine is overheating. Pullover immediately turns off the engine and lets it cool down. Once the engine has cooled down, check the engine coolant level.


Lexus Tire PressureTire pressure warning light | TPMS

This is the Tire Pressure Monitoring System  (TPMS) light. When the light turns on, it is an indication that you have a:

  • Flat tire
  • Low tire pressure

Stop immediately and check to ensure you don’t have a flat tire. If the tire pressure is low, stop at the lowest gas station to add air. Alternatively, you can get a 12-volt tire inflator and keep it in your car.

When the indicator light turns on after blinking for around 1 minute, there is a malfunction in the tire pressure warning system.

Lexus Wind Shield Washer FluidWindshield Washer Fluid

This light means that the windshield washer fluid level is low. When you press the wiper switch, there is no water to spray on the windshield. At your next stop, open the hood, locate the windshield fluid reservoir and add windshield washer fluid. The windshield washer fluid reservoir cap has the same symbol on top. Do not use plain water.


Lexus Stability Control Fault IndicatorVSC Light

VSC stands for Vehicle Stability Control. Lexus VSC system helps stabilize the vehicle during emergency maneuvers. It works in conjunction with the ABS and brake system. 

Use an All System Lexus Scanner to diagnose the VSC and traction control problems. When the light stays on, it means that there is malfunctioning in:

  • TRAC system
  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system
  • Hill-start assists the control system.
  • DRS System, if equipped
  • VGRS system, if equipped

Common problems include faulty ABS sensors, clock springs, ABS pumps, etc. It is possible to continue driving but do so with caution. Stability control and traction control systems are disabled.

Lexus Slip Indicator (VSC) LightSlip Indicator 

If the slip indicator flashes, it means the vehicle is losing traction. Slow down and drive more carefully. If the slip indicator stays on, it means the system is disabled. Check engine lights may also come when there is a problem to remind you that it is time to diagnose your car.

Lexus Building LightHow to check the engine coolant level. 

  • Stop the vehicle immediately in a safe place.
  • Turn off the engine
  • When the engine has cooled down, check the engine coolant level, the radiator reservoir, and the hose for leaks.
  • If the fluid level in the reservoir is between MAX and MIN, the level is satisfactory.
  • Add the coolant if the level is below the min mark.
  • Turn on the engine to check if the radiator fan is working.

Monitor engine temperature by looking at the temperature gauge. The needle needs to stay in the middle of the gauge.

Do not drive or keep the engine running if the engine is overheating.

Lexus Battery Warning LightBattery Warning Light

When the Lexus battery light stays on or flashes, there is a problem with the charging system. Depending on the problem, the car may run for another ten to thirty minutes and then shut off. You may have a bad alternator, voltage regulator, damaged wires, loose battery connection, etc.

Lexus Engine Oil Light Oil PressureEngine Oil Light | Oil Pressure

When the oil light comes on, the engine oil pressure is very low, or the engine oil level is low. The oil light may always be on, red or yellow, or may flash. Pull over as soon as it is safe to do so. Turn off the engine check the oil level, and add oil if needed. Do not operate the vehicle with this light on.


master warning lightExclamation mark light | Master warning light 

This is a master warning light that does not provide much information on its own. It simply says that there is a fault in the Master Warning System. Typically comes on at the same time as at least one other warning light.


Lexus Brake Brake Warning 

If the brake light comes on when driving, it means:

  • The brake pads are worn out and need replacement.

  • There is a problem with the brake system.

  • The brake fluid level is low.

  • The parking brakes are not fully released.

Stop the vehicle as soon as it is safe and check the brake fluid level. It can be dangerous and unsafe to drive a vehicle with the brake light on.


Lexus Master Warning LightExclamation mark light | Master warning light 

This is a master warning light that does not provide much information on its own. It simply says that there is a fault in the Master Warning System. Typically comes on at the same time as at least one other warning light.


Lexus Brake Light (Yellow)Brake Light – Yellow 

The yellow brake warning light means:

  • There is a problem with the electronic brake system. Also known as the Safety System.

  • There is an issue with the parking brakes.


Lexus Pop Up Hood Warning LightPop Up Hood warning light 

When the Pop Up Hood warning light comes on, it shows that the Pop Up Hood system has operated. It usually is activated from an accident or can also happen during hard braking.

  • Once the pop-up hood system is operated, it cannot be reused.
  • The light also indicates the malfunctioning of the Pop Up Hood system.

 Lexus Brake OverrideBrake Override System | Drive-Start Control 

When there is a buzzer sound, it means:

• Malfunctioning of Brake Override system

• Operation of Drive-Start control

• Malfunctioning of Drive-Start control

• Parking support Brake function is operating (for static objects)

When there is no buzzer sound, it means

• A brake override system is in operation

• Release the accelerator and depress the brake


Lexus Electric Power Steering SystemElectric power steering system

 The steering wheel + exclamation light may be yellow or red. It means that the Electric Power Steering (EPS) system is malfunctioning. The vehicle may be hard to steer.


  Lexus Low FuelLow fuel level warning light 

The warning light indicates that the amount of fuel remaining in the vehicle is approximately three gallons or less.


Lexus Drivers and front passenger's Seat Belt Reminder

Driver’s and passenger’s + seat belt 

The reminder light warns the driver or/and the front seat passenger to fasten the seat belts. If the front passenger seat is occupied, the seat belt needs to be fastened.


Lexus Rear Passengers Seat Belt Reminder LightRear passengers’ seat belt reminder lights 

The reminder light warns that the rear passengers have not fastened their seat belts.


Lexus Lane Tracing Assist (LTA)Lane tracing Assist (LTA)

The indicator shows that the Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) is malfunctioning.


Intuitive parking assist OFF indicator Intuitive parking assists OFF.  

The indicator light coming on means that the intuitive parking assist function is malfunctioning. It indicates that the system is unavailable temporarily. This might be due to the sensor being covered with dirt, ice, etc.


Lexus Rear Cross-Traffic Alert OFF IndicatorRear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)

If the light comes on, it indicates that the Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) is malfunctioning or turned off.


Lexus Rear Camera Detection RCD

Rear Camera Detection (RCD) 

When you hear a buzzer sound

• This means that the Rear Camera Detection (RCD) is malfunctioning

When you don’t hear the buzzer sound

• This means that the RCD function can’t be used temporarily. This may be due to a dirty camera etc.


 Lexus PCS Warning LightPKSB OFF 

When you hear a buzzer sound:

• It means that the Parking Support Brake (PKSB) system is malfunctioning

When you don’t hear the buzzer

• This indicates that the system is not available temporarily. It can be due to a dirty sensor

PCS warning light 

In the case of the buzzer sounds:

• It means that there is a malfunctioning of the Pre-collision System (PCS)

When the buzzer doesn’t sound:

• This means that the system is temporarily not working and requires corrective actions

If the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system or PCS is disabled, the PCS warning light will get illuminated


Lexus Parking Brake FlashesParking Brake Flashes

The illuminated indicator means that the parking brake system is malfunctioning.


Lexus Brake Hold Operated IndicatorBrake hold operated 

If this indicator is on, the Brake hold system is malfunctioning.

Lexus Turn SignalTurn Signal Light 

This will flash when you use the turn signal lever/switch:

  • Pull down the lever—the left arrow flashes.

  • Push it up the right arrow flashes

Once you make your turn, it will click back in the middle, and the light will turn off. If the indicator flashes fast as usual, one of your bulbs is probably not working. If this occurs, stop as soon as possible and inspect, then replace the not working bulb.


Lexus Headlight IndicatorHeadlight 

This will light up once the headlight switch is turned on. The headlight can be operated manually or automatically, depending on user discretion.


Lexus Tail Light Indicator Taillight 

This will light up when the tail light is on, together with the daytime running light, side marker lights, parking light, and license plate light.


Lexus Headlight High Beam IndicatorHeadlight High beam 

It indicates that the headlights are in high beam mode. All lights mentioned above are on except for the daytime running light.


Lexus Auto High Beam AHB IndicatorAuto High Beam(AHB) 

Accompanied by the camera sensor located at the windshield, this function assesses the vehicle’s lights’ brightness ahead. It automatically turns the high beam on and off as needed.


Lexus  Pre-Collision System PCSPre-Collision System (PCS) Warning Light

Pre Collision System is a feature to avoid severe damage to your vehicle. The system is automatically enabled whenever the ignition is on. If disabled, a message will appear on the multi-information display, and the indicator lights will turn off.


Lexus  Cruise Control IndicatorCruise Control 

Cruise Control is a system that automatically controls the speed of your vehicle. Once this light indicator is on, it will maintain your current speed even without stepping on the accelerator pedal. It will turn off once you hit the brakes.


Lexus Dynamic Radar Cruise Control IndicatorDynamic Radar Cruise Control 

The same function as Cruise Control, but this time it’s from vehicle to vehicle control. It automatically accelerates, decelerates, and stops to match the vehicle’s speed changes in front of you.


Lexus Cruise Control SET IndicatorCruise Control “SET” 

This will appear when you set the cruise control to the speed you want when pressing the button while running. The speed will remain at that speed.


Lexus Blind Side MonitorBSM outside rearview mirror (Blind Side Monitor) 

This indicator flashes when a fast-approaching vehicle is going to your blind side.

This indicates the feature uses the vehicle bumper’s radar sensors that help the driver move from left to right when driving. When driving, you won’t see some vehicle parts, but this feature notifies the driver if there’s a vehicle in its blind spot.


Lexus Intuitive Parking Assist OFF IndicatorIntuitive parking assists OFF. 

This will appear when the intuitive parking assist is turned off; it will disable the parking sensor when you park.


Lexus Vehicle Stability Control VSC OFF IndicatorVehicle Stability Control VSC OFF 

VSC is the driving support of the vehicle; it helps stabilize/Control the vehicle when driving, so this will show if the system is off


Lexus High Mode IndicatorHigh Mode 

When the High mode indicator is on, the vehicle’s height will increase from its normal stance.


Lexus Push Button Start IndicatorPush Button Start 

This will appear on the panel when you are about to start the car. When you press the brake pedal, this will appear, and the engine can be started.


Lexus Parking Brake IndicatorParking Brake 

This will appear when the shift lever is set to Park, which means the Parking Brake functions.


Lexus Brake Hold Standby IndicatorBrake Hold Standby 

This keeps the brake applied when the shift is on D, M, or N for a smooth Start roll.


Lexus ECO Driving Indicator LightEco Driving Indicator Light 

This indicates that your driving speed is in Economy Fuel Saving Mode.


Lexus Low Outside Temperature Indicator Low Outside temperature 

This Displays the Outside temperature of the Surroundings, a Range of -40°F (-40°C) to 122°F (50°C)


Lexus Security IndicatorSecurity 

Security or immobilizer system, this light will flash when the engine is turned off, which means that the vehicle’s security is on.


Lexus Passenger Air Bag OFFAir Bag On/Off (40)

Indicator of Air Bag if it’s armed or not.

Lexus AWDAWD | 4×4

When this light stays on, all four wheels are active—also known as all-wheel drive.

If the light flashes, there is a problem, and the AWD can not be activated.

Lexus Adaptive Front Lighting OFF IndicatorAdaptive Front Lighting AFS  Light

AFS stands for the Adaptive Front Lighting System, also known as  Automatic Headlight Adjusting. It adjusts the headlights based on the input from the steering wheel. For example, as you make a turn, the headlight projector turns to light up the corner where you are turning.

AFS OFF means there is a problem with the adaptive headlight adjustment system.

Lexus Service Reminder Indicator Service Reminder 

The vehicle is due to regular maintenance such as oil changes. This does not mean there is a problem, just routine maintenance.


Lexus Transmission Temperature IndicatorTransmission Temperature 

This light means that the automatic transmission may have overheated. This light often comes on if you are towing. Pull over as soon as it is safe and allow the vehicle to cool down.


Lexus Automatic Limited Slip Differential (LSD) IndicatorAutomatic Limited Slip Differential (LSD) 

A limited-slip differential will automatically lock when it detects wheel slip.


Lexus Hybrid Ready IndicatorHybrid Ready 

This means all conditions are met, and the hybrid model is ready to activate. Engine auto start/stop-starts to activate when you stop.


Lexus EV Mode IndicatorEV Mode 

The vehicle is operating in electric mode.


Lexus EV Operation IndicatorEV Operation 

The vehicle is operating in electric mode.


Lexus Hybrid Battery Overheat IndicatorHybrid Battery Overheat 

The lithium-ion cells of the hybrid battery have overheated.

Lexus LED Headlamp Out IndicatorLED Headlamp Out 

The headlight is burned out, or the headlight auto-adjusts mechanism is faulty.


Lexus SPORT Drive Mode IndicatorSPORT Drive Mode 

The transmission and engine are operating in sport mode for best performance. Engine output is tuned for maximum output, while the transmission may stay in gear longer before shifting.


Lexus CUSTOM Drive ModeCUSTOM Drive

Driving mode customized for the current driver.


Lexus Electronically Controlled Transmission Setting IndicatorElectronically Controlled Transmission Setting 

  Lexus Turn Assist IndicatorTurn Assist Indicator

This is the end of Lexus’s warning lights, symbols, and what they mean. In the next section, you will see warning lights on various Lexus instrument clusters. 

Lexus Warning Lights by Model

Lexus Warning Lights VSC  2016 Lexus GX 460 Warning Lights

1991 Lexus LS 400 Warning Lights2004 Lexus ES 330 Warning Lights2007 Lexus GS 350 Warning Lights2011 Lexus LX 570 Warning Lights2015 Lexus NX 200 Warning Lights

It is possible to diagnose most Lexus warning lights with an All System OBD-II Scanner for Lexus. The diagnostic port is located under the dashboard on the driver’s side.

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


  • Rushit Hila • ASE Certified

    Rushit Hila, an ASE-certified engineer (G1 Automotive Maintenance and Repair), brings over two decades of hands-on experience in the automotive world to his writing. With a strong educational background, including a Master of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, he has honed his skills and expertise through years of practical work. As a respected authority in the field, Mr. Hila is dedicated to offering insightful and valuable content that resonates with both vehicle owners and mechanics.

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