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Volkswagen Polo Owners Manual: Warning and indicator lamps

Volkswagen Polo Owners Manual / Instrument cluster / Warning and indicator lamps

The warning and indicator lamps indicate various warnings , faults or certain functions. Some warning and indicator lamps light up when the ignition is switched on and should go out once the engine is running or the vehicle is in motion.

Depending on the vehicle's equipment level, additional text messages could appear in the display on the instrument cluster to provide further information or to ask you to perform certain tasks .

Depending on the vehicle equipment level, symbols may be displayed in the instrument cluster instead of warning lamps.

Signal tones are given when some warning or indicator lamps light up.

For details on indicator lamps which light up in the light switch see Chapter Lighting .

Symbol Meaning See
Do not drive on!
Handbrake applied, brake fluid level too low or fault in the brake system.
Flashing: Do not drive on!
Coolant level too low, coolant temperature too high or coolant level system faulty.
Flashing: Do not drive on!
Engine oil pressure too low.
Do not drive on!
At least one vehicle door is open or not properly closed.
Do not drive on!
Tailgate open or not closed properly.
Driver or front passenger seat belt not fastened.
There are objects on the front passenger seat.
Fault in the alternator.
Dual clutch gearbox DSG® overheated.
Lit up: ESC fault or switched off for system-related reasons.
OR: together with the ABS indicator lamp : ABS fault.
OR: the vehicle battery has been reconnected.
Flashing: ESC/TCS is taking corrective action.
Traction control system (TCS) switched off manually.
ABS faulty or not functioning.
Lit up: vehicle lighting not working partially or completely.
Lit up: system error in dynamic cornering light system.
Flashes for a limited period: headlights are in travel mode.
Rear fog light switched on.
Lit up or flashing: catalytic converter fault.
Lit up: glow period for a diesel engine.
Flashing: fault in engine management system.
Engine management system fault (Electronic Power Control).
Diesel particulate filter has become saturated with soot.
Steering reduced.
Tyre pressure too low or Tyre Pressure Loss Indicator faulty.
Windscreen washer fluid level too low.
Fuel tank almost empty.
Water in fuel in vehicles with a diesel engine.
Lit up: engine oil level too low.
Flashing: engine oil system fault.
Fault in airbag and belt tensioner system.
Front passenger front airbag switched off (PASSENGER AIR BAG ).
Turn signal left or right.
Hazard warning lights switched on.
Lit up: depress the brake pedal. Changing gear ,
Flashing: the lock button in the selector lever is not engaged.
Cruise control system is controlling the speed.
Vehicle in autogas mode.
Main beam is switched on or the headlight flasher is being operated.
Engine coolant temperature is too low in vehicles with autogas engine.
Lit up: service interval display.
Flashing: Fault in automatic gearbox.
The start/stop system is not available. Automatic engine switch-off is active.
Automatic engine switch-off is not possible. OR:
automatic engine start is not possible. OR:
the engine was started automatically.
The engine is starting.
A mobile telephone is connected via Bluetooth to the factory-fitted provision for mobile telephone. ⇒ BookletProvision for mobile telephone,
Mobile telephone battery charge level. Only for factory-fitted provision for mobile telephone.
Black ice warning. The outside temperature is below +4°C (+39°F).


Failure to observe illuminated warning lamps and text messages can lead to your vehicle breaking down in traffic, and can cause accident and serious injury.


Failure to observe illuminated indicator lamps and text messages can lead to your vehicle being damaged.
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