Toyota dashboard warning lights and what they mean

Toyota warning light meanings 

It can be unsettling to see a light pop up on your dashboard, especially when you have no idea what it means. We have made a very comprehensive list to help ease any anxiety created by the lights and help you understand what your next steps should be. Keep reading to learn more about each warning light in your Toyota vehicle. 

ABS warning light

ABS warning light 

Switches on if there has been a malfunction in the ABS or Brake Assist System. 

Charging system warning light

Charging system warning light 

Shows up if the vehicle’s charging system is having a malfunction. 

Cruise control indicator

Cruise control indicator 

Lights up with the cruise control has been activated  

Electric Power Steering (EPS) warning light

Electric Power Steering (EPS) warning light 

Warns about a malfunction in the EPS system 

Headlight indicator

Headlight indicator 

Indicates the headlights have been switched on. 

High-beam headlight indicator

High-beam headlight indicator 

Let’s the driver know the high beam has been activated.  

Low engine oil pressure warning light

Low engine oil pressure warning light 

When the oil pressure is too low, this light will alert the driver to fill up soon. 

Low fuel level warning light

Low fuel level warning light 

While the amount will depend on the vehicle, this light will indicate when the fuel level is low. 

Low washer fluid warning light

Low washer fluid warning light 

Lights up when there is a low-level of washer fluid. 

Maintenance required reminder light

Maintenance required reminder light 

This light illuminates when your vehicle has reached a point in the maintenance schedule to have a tune-up. 

Slip indicator

Slip indicator  

If any of your tires slip, this light will flash to let you know. 

SRS airbag on-off indicator

SRS airbag on-off indicator 

This indicator illuminates to advise the driver or passenger of the SRS airbag status. 

SRS warning light

SRS warning light 

This light signals when there has been a malfunction in the front passenger occupant classification system, SRS airbag system or the seatbelt pretensioner system. 

Tire pressure warning light

Tire pressure warning light 

This light turns on when you have low pressure in one of your tires. 

TRAC OFF indicator

TRAC OFF indicator  

This indicates if TRAC is off. You will want the TRAC system off if you find yourself stuck in fresh snow or mud. 

Turn signal indicator

Turn signal indicator 

These signal whether the left or right light has been activated. 

VSC OFF indicator

VSC OFF indicator 

This light often turns on when the “engine start stop” switch is turned to “ignition on” mode. They usually turn off after the engine has started. The light will flash when the system is operating. 


Read more Toyota tips: Can I turn off my Toyota’s daytime running lights? 


Contact our Salinas Toyota service center today 

We offer a variety of services and parts for Toyota vehicles. If one of those lights turn on, you now know what the problem is. Let us fix that problem for you so you do not have any more down the road. Schedule a service appointment today! 


Read more tips: Why buy a used car?