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Volkswagen Tiguan Owners Manual: Warning and indicator lights

Warning and indicator lights notify you of warnings ⇒ , malfunctions ⇒  or certain functions. Some warning and indicator lights come on when the ignition is switched on and should go out when the engine is running or when the vehicle is moving.

Additional text messages appear in the instrument cluster of appropriately equipped vehicles to give more information or prompt you to take certain actions ⇒  . ⇒  .

Depending on the vehicle options, a symbol may appear in the instrument cluster instead of a warning light.

In addition, a warning chime or other acoustic signal sounds when certain warning and indicator lights go on.

Symbol Meaning ⇒ ⇒ Refer to

Parking brake engaged, brake fluid level too low, or brake system malfunction.
⇒ Braking, stopping, and parking 

Lights up: Engine coolant temperature too low, too high, or engine coolant system malfunction.

Flashes: Engine coolant system malfunction.
⇒ Engine coolant 

Engine oil pressure too low.
⇒ Engine oil 

At least one vehicle door is ajar or not closed properly.
⇒ Doors 

Engine hood is open or not closed properly.
⇒ Preparations for working in the engine compartment 

Rear hatch is open or not closed properly.
⇒ Rear hatch 

Lights up or flashes: Steering system malfunction.
⇒ Steering 

Lights up: Electronic parking brake engaged.
⇒ Braking, stopping, and parking 
Driver and/or passenger safety belt not buckled. ⇒ Safety belts 
Alternator malfunction. ⇒ Vehicle battery 
Front brake pads worn. ⇒ Braking, stopping, and parking 
Lights up: ESC malfunction or ESC switched off by the system.

Flashes: ESC or ASR is working.
ABS malfunction.
Electronic parking brake malfunction. ⇒ Braking, stopping, and parking 
One or more driving lights burned out.

⇒ Changing light bulbs 
Cornering light system malfunction. ⇒ Lights 
Lights up or flashes: Engine control monitoring system malfunction (engine Malfunction Indicator Light - MIL). ⇒ Engine control and emission control system 
Engine control malfunction.
Lights up or flashes: Problem with the steering. ⇒ Steering 
Tire pressure is too low or Tire Pressure Monitoring System malfunction. ⇒ Tires and wheels 
⇒ Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) 
Not enough windshield washer fluid. ⇒ Windshield wiper and washer 
Fuel tank almost empty. ⇒ Refueling 
Fuel filler cap not properly closed.
Lights up: Engine oil level too low. ⇒ Engine oil 
Flashes: Engine oil system malfunction.
Airbag and safety belt pretensioner system malfunction. ⇒ Airbag system 
Front passenger front airbag turned off

⇒ Airbag system 
Turn signals, left or right. ⇒ Lights 
Emergency flashers switched on. ⇒ In an emergency 
Fog lights switched on (indicator on the headlight switch) ⇒ Lights 
Daytime running lights (DRL) on.
Lights up: Depress brake pedal!

Flashes: The lock button in the selector lever is not engaged.
Changing gears ⇒ Shifting 

Braking, stopping, and parking ⇒ Braking, stopping, and parking 
Cruise control is regulating vehicle speed. ⇒ Cruise control system (CCS) 
High beams switched on or headlight flashers in use. ⇒ Lights 
Light assist or dynamic light assist is switched on.
Service reminder display. ⇒ Service reminder display 
Mobile phone is connected via Bluetooth®to the factory-installed mobile phone package. ⇒BookletMobile Phone Package,
Charge level of the mobile phone battery. Applies only to models with a factory-installed mobile phone package.
Icy road warning. Outside temperature colder than +39 °F (+4 °C). ⇒ Instrument cluster 


Failure to heed warning lights and instrument cluster text messages can cause the vehicle to break down in traffic and result in a collision and serious personal injury.
  • Never ignore warning lights or text WARNINGS.
  • Always stop the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so.
  • Park the vehicle at a safe distance from moving traffic and where no part of the hot catalytic converter and exhaust system can come into contact with flammable materials under the vehicle, such as dry grass, brush, spilled fuel, etc.
  • A broken down vehicle presents a high accident risk for itself and others. Switch on emergency flashers and set up a warning triangle to warn oncoming traffic.
  • Before opening the engine hood, always switch off the engine and let the engine cool down.
  • Always be very careful when working in the engine compartment, which is a potentially dangerous area in any motor vehicle and can cause serious personal injury ⇒ Preparations for working in the engine compartment .


Failure to heed warning lights or text WARNINGS can result in vehicle damage.
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