Volkswagen Golf GTI Dashboard Light Guide

Understanding the 2016 Volkswagen Golf dashboard lights is one way that you can learn to take better care of your Volkswagen. In this helpful guide, we’ll cover some of the most important (and most confusing) symbols found on the dash. That way, should one of these lights turn on while you’re driving, you’ll know exactly what it means and what to do next.

Can’t find the particular light you’re looking for? Drivers in Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita and Newport Beach can call us at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore in Irvine for more information.

The Dashboard Lights of the Volkswagen Golf

Before we get started defining any dashboard lights, it’s important to mention that sometimes these indicators may turn on without representing a problem. For example, when you first turn on the vehicle, a majority of the dashboard lights will turn on as part of a routine system check. Then, after a few moments, they should turn off.

However, any lights that do not turn off or that come on while driving could mean a serious malfunction has occurred, so it’s important not to ignore them and schedule a service appointment at a trusted mechanic right away.

Volkswagen Golf GTI Antilock Braking System (ABS) Malfunction

This light is represented simply by the letters ABS and it indicates that a malfunction has occurred within the antilock braking system. You may notice that the brake warning light has also turned on.

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Alternator Low Voltage Output Light on VW Golf GTI

It might sound confusing, but this warning light is basically letting you know that there’s a problem with the battery, which is why it’s in the shape of a car battery with positive and negative symbols. More specifically, the light indicates a charging system failure. This means it could be difficult for your battery to hold a charge. Contact your local Volkswagen dealer for immediate service.

DSG® Transmission Too Hot

This red warning light looks like a thermometer inside of a gear. It indicates that the transmission is running dangerously hot and could soon breakdown. If this light comes on, it’s important to pull over immediately in a safe spot and put the car in park. Allow the transmission to cool and contact an authorized VW service center.

[READ MORE: What You Need to Know about Transmission Service]

Oil Level Low

The picture for this VW Golf dashboard light is an oil can over a wiggly line. Inspect the oil to make sure there is enough clean oil for the engine to run properly. Add more oil if needed. Should the problem persist, bring your Golf in for service.

Tire Pressure Monitoring

If you see a yellow light in the shape of a horseshoe with an exclamation mark in the middle, that indicates that one or more tires need air. This light is accompanied by an audible warning, as well. If all four tires have the appropriate amount of pressure but the light remains on, it could indicate a system failure. If that’s the case, have your VW serviced by a certified technician.

In addition to knowing the Volkswagen Golf dashboard lights, it’s important to keep up with the recommended maintenance schedule to help prevent malfunctions later on down the road.

To learn more about your VW Golf or to schedule a service appointment, contact us today at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore in Irvine – proudly serving drivers from Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Newport Beach and beyond!