Whether you've been driving for a while or are a new driver, you've likely encountered a dashboard light or will soon enough. When these come on, it's important to know what they mean, so you know how to proceed. In this piece, our team at Nissan 24 will look to keep Brockton, Randolph, and Stoughton, MA, drivers informed with our Nissan Maxima dashboard light guide.

The Nissan Maxima's dash lights can be classified into two categories. The first includes warning lights that signal an issue with a specific system within the vehicle. The second one includes indicator lights that are normally less of a concern, signifying the on or off status of smaller vehicle components. We'll review both below, starting with vehicle warning lights.

Warning Lights

Anti-lock Braking System: This light will either appear as "ABS" in bold letters or "ABS" inside a circle that is inside a parenthesis. It indicates an issue with your anti-lock braking system.

• Charge warning light: This battery-shaped symbol warns you of an issue with the components of the vehicle's charging system, such as the battery or the alternator.

• Engine oil pressure: An oil can in red signals low engine oil pressure.

• Automatic Emergency Braking: If your Maxima has this system, its corresponding light symbol-two cars bumper to bumper-indicates that the system is either off or unavailable.

• Low tire pressure: The outline of a tire with an exclamation point inside warns you of low tire pressure from your Maxima's Tire Pressure Monitoring System.

• Master warning: An exclamation point inside a triangle will light up in association with a message in the vehicle information display. If you see this symbol, look to the display for an explanation and the next steps.

• Power steering: The power steering warning light, which appears as a steering wheel and an exclamation mark, signals that power assist for the vehicle's steering is no longer functioning.

• Seat belt warning: A tiny seated and belted passenger will show up on the dash to remind you to buckle up before you start driving.

• Supplemental airbag warning: A symbol depicting a passenger and an inflated air bag indicates that one of the Maxima's airbags needs to be serviced.

Indicator Lights

A headlight symbol with a wavy line through its beams.

• Front passenger airbag status (off): A seated passenger portrayed with a crossed-out circle hovering above and the word OFF.

• High beam indicator (on): A blue light with a headlight symbol with straight beam lines.

• Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL): An engine-shaped symbol that indicates emission control issues. The two most common being loose or missing gas cap or low fuel.

• Security system indicator (on): A car outline with a key inside. This indicator should appear when the car is off.

• Side light and headlight indicator (on): A pair of green, outer-facing light symbols.

• Slip indicator/Vehicle Dynamic Control (on): A car with wavy tread lines.

• Vehicle Dynamic Control indicator (off): The same slip indicator symbol with the word OFF below it.

• Turn signal/hazard indicators (on): Opposite-facing arrows that flash green when a turn is prompted.

When Service Is Required

Some of the lights discussed in this Nissan Maxima dashboard light guide require maintenance fixes by a Nissan-certified technician. If you're a Brockton, Randolph, or Stoughton, Massachusetts, driver, you can count on the Nissan 24 service team to help you identify and tackle the repairs. We can also help with burnt-out bulbs or lights that continue to blink post-repair.

Your dashboard lights can be little lifesavers when it comes to staying on top of vehicle maintenance, so don't let them go unnoticed!

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