New car drivers in Brockton, Randolph, and Stoughton know that the first drives in a new model often takes some getting used to. While most makes and models share many of the same dashboard symbols, sometimes one you’ve never seen before makes an appearance.
Before you get stumped by a mystery dash light in your Nissan Altima, check out Nissan 24’s decode-and-go guide that helps you quickly associate dash lights with their required actions so you can get back on the road worry-free.
Nissan Altima Warning Lights
The first way to go about decoding the illuminated dash light in question is to find out if it classifies as a warning light or an indicator light. Typically red or orange in color, warning lights in your Nissan Altima signal an error with one of your Altima’s inner systems that often requires maintenance.
• Brake-related warning lights: Issues with your Altima’s brakes may show signs of failure through your dashboard before your pedal begins to loose stopping power. The ABS warning light signals an issue with the anti-lock braking system, while the word BRAKE indicates parking brake use or low brake fluid levels.
• Low tire pressure warning light: Your Altima’s tire pressure monitoring system makes staying ahead of tire maintenance much easier. If the system senses that air pressure has diminished below the manufacturer-recommended cold pressure limit, you’ll see an exclamation point in parentheses on your dashboard.
• Charge warning light: The battery-shaped symbol of the charge warning light warns that there’s an issue with your Altima’s charging system that powers the electrical aspects of your vehicle. Inspect the alternator and the battery light should disappear.
• Master warning light: The vehicle information display, located between the tachometer and odometer in the Nissan Altima, makes solving tricky dashboard symbols a cinch. If the master warning light, represented by an exclamation point inside a triangle, turns on, look to the display area for an explanation of the issue at hand:
- Door or trunk ajar warning
- No key warning
- Low fuel warning
- Parking brake release warning
- Low wiper fluid warning
- Check tire pressure warning
- Loose fuel cap warning
Nissan Altima Indicator Lights
You’ll notice a variety of lights that engage in your Altima over the course of travel as you activate functions in your vehicle, whether that’s switching on your headlights, flicking a turn signal, or setting different drive modes.
The majority of these lights signal normal function, though if they illuminate on their own without prompting from the driver, the system may be at fault.
• Cruise switch and set indicator: CRUISE or SET symbols indicate that cruise control has been turned on or is in use.
• Light-related indicators: Your Altima includes three light-related indicators that let you know which vehicle lights are in the on position. A blue light with a side-angled symbol with straight lines coming off it indicates that the high beams are on. The fog light indicator shows a symbol similar to the high beam indicator with a wavy line intercepting beam marks. A set of two small green light symbols indicate that the side lights or headlights are shining.
• Malfunction indicator: If an engine-shaped cutout appears on your dashboard, your Altima’s gas cap may be loose or missing or there may be an issue with the emissions control system.
• Vehicle Dynamic Control indicators: When this is active and senses that its reached its traction limits in slippery conditions, a car symbol with wavy tread marks will show that road surfaces are slick. This same symbol with the word OFF underneath indicates that the system has been set to the off position.
Knowing what to do when you see a new symbol light up in your Nissan Altima isn’t so scary after all. By staying cognizant of your Altima’s dash light language, you can fix issues that arise in a timely manner and have a better chance of avoiding breakdowns and unsafe driving conditions.
To keep your Altima in tip-top shape, you can schedule your inspections and repair appointments with Nissan 24’s maintenance facility. Our dedicated service team is your ally in getting down to the bottom of any issue in your Altima. Schedule your appointment online with us today!