When any warning light flicks on in your Subaru, you may feel a sense of worry. Some warning lights indicate easy fixes, while others could point to more serious issues with your vehicle. A warning light with exclamation point (!) illuminated on your dash can tell you several things depending on the icon it is paired with. 

Decoding Your Warning Lights 

There are several icons on your dash that are also accompanied by exclamation points, which vary in meaning. Learn more about what each of these mean from Brooklyn Park Subaru below.

Subaru Warning LightsWhat They Mean:
 Brake System Warning Light       

Brake System Warning Light. This light will turn on to indicate that something is amiss with your brake functioning. It can illuminate to:

  • Let you know your parking brake is still engaged will your ignition is on
  • Warn you that your brake fluid is nearing the minimum level. If this lights up while you're driving and the parking brake is released, stop the vehicle and check the brake fluid level. If the reservoir is below the "MIN" level, you should have your vehicle towed to the closest Subaru service center.
  • Indicate a malfunction in the Electronic Brake For Distribution (EBD) system. This warning will differentiate itself by simultaneously lighting up with your ABS warning light.
Hybrid Fail Lamp       

Hybrid Fail Lamp. If this applies to your vehicle, it will light up to let you know something is not operating properly with your hybrid system. Contact our service center in Brooklyn Park to have your vehicle inspected. 

LED Warning Light     

LED Headlight Warning Light. If your Subaru has LED headlights, this icon will illuminate to let you know something is malfunctioning with that system. 

Power Steering Warning Light       

Power Steering Warning Light. This light may come on for two reasons. 

  • If this lights up when your engine is on but turns off when the engine is started, it will indicate that there is something wrong with your warning light system. 
  • If it stays illuminated while you are driving, it indicates an issue with the electric power steering system. This will increase resistance while you are steering, so be sure to have a professional take a look as soon as possible.
Low Tire Pressure Warning Light       

Low Tire Pressure Warning Light. This light will let you know if your tires are low on air pressure, but depending on when and how it is lit, it may mean different things.

  • When you start your Subaru, your built-in tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) will activate, illuminating the light, and check in on your tires. It should turn off after two seconds if it detects your tires are properly inflated.
  • If this light comes on while you are driving, it indicates that one or more of your tires is significantly underinflated. You should inflate your tires to proper levels and make sure you are monitoring levels monthly. If this light stays on after you have inflated your tires, it could indicate a tire has sustained damage or has a leak. Be sure to have you local Subaru professional diagnose the issue. 
  • In the event that your TPMS system is malfunctioning, this light will blink for one minute after starting up your Subaru and stay illuminated for the remainder of your drive. Until this issue is addressed, the same pattern will occur when power up your car. 

Visit Our Service Center in Brooklyn Park

If you have a stubborn exclamation point lit up on your dash, make sure to schedule service at our facility in Brooklyn Park. Our trained mechanics can help you solve any issue with your Subaru and get you driving smoothly in now time.

For more information or to learn more about our exclusive service specials, don't hesitate to contact us today!

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