You’re rolling up to a stoplight in Brockton when a strange light appears on your Nissan Sentra’s dash. You can’t quite make out its shape, but its red glow appears to be getting brighter. The traffic light turns green and your gut reaction is to jump ship or maybe surrender to the side of the road. What is this alien symbol and what could it want with your Sentra?
Had you read Nissan 24’s Sentra dashboard light guide, you’d be a whole lot more cool and collected right now. As you’ve probably experienced and can see from the example above, unfamiliar dash lights can wreak havoc on your conscience. Get to know your Sentra’s intentions by matching symbols to meanings below.
Sentra Warning Lights
Colored red or amber, typically the ones to watch out for.
ABS Warning—“ABS” lit in bold lettering indicates an issue with the Sentra’s Anti-lock Braking System. Have the vehicle inspected to fix the problem.
Brake Warnings—The word “BRAKE” or an exclamation symbol surrounded by a circle will appear if the parking brake is in use or brake fluid is low. Take note that low fluid could indicate a leak in the system, which jeopardizes braking function.
Charge Warning—If you see a battery-shaped symbol come into view, there is an issue with the vehicle’s electrical system. Turn the engine off and check the belt and battery.
Door Open Warning—An aerial view of a car with one door ajar indicates that one of your doors is not shut properly. Re-close securely before continuing your drive.
Engine Oil Pressure Warning—An oil can symbol will glow if engine pressure is low. If this light appears, get to the side of the road, stop the engine and seek help from an authorized dealer ASAP.
Intelligent Key Lock Warning—A circular symbol with the word “LOCK” following its curve indicates that the Intelligent Key has been set to OFF but not fully turned to the LOCK position.
Intelligent Key Warning—This light will appear as a red key emblem with the word “KEY” above it if the key is taken outside of the vehicle while the ignition is set to the ON position.
Low Fuel Warning—Been awhile since you fueled up? If your Sentra’s tank is nearing empty, a gas pump symbol will glow.
Low Tire Pressure Warning—If tire pressure is low, your Sentra’s TPMS will let you know by illuminating an amber exclamation point in a tire shape. Check and add air as soon as is safe to do so.
Low Washer Fluid Warning—Seeing a curved rectangular shape with a wavy water line indicates that your windshield-washer fluid level is low. Refill at your convenience.
Power Steering Warning—“PS” glowing on your dashboard indicates that there’s an error with the vehicle’s power steering system that requires assistance.
P Position Warning—If you turn the engine off without shifting into park, the letter P and the word “SHIFT” will light up.
Seat Belt Warning—A seated passenger with his seat belt on will comes on upon ignition to remind you to fasten yours too.
Supplemental Air Bag Warning & Status—This symbol depicts a passenger and a hovering circle to indicate an issue with the supplemental air bag. Have the system checked to resolve the issue.
If there’s no passenger in the front seat, a similar light will come on with an X through the air bag circle to show that it is disengaged.
Shine in blue or green. These represent active or systems unless the word “OFF” is stated.
CVT Position Indicator—This light will show the car’s current shift lever position in bolder view (P for Park, R for Reverse, etc.).
Cruise Main Switch Indicator—The word “CRUISE” in all caps signifies that cruise control is ready to roll.
ECO Mode Indicator—“ECO” in a double-lined box indicates ECO mode has been selected.
Light Function Indicators—Three symbols indicate light function. The blue High Beam Indicator has straight beams, the Front Fog Indicator has slanted beams and the Side Light and Headlight symbols face one another in green.
Malfunction Indicator Light—An engine outline will appear if you are low on gas or missing your fuel cap. If the cap is tightened and gas is full, bring your Sentra in for service.
Overdrive OFF Indicator—“O/D OFF” indicates that the overdrive OFF mode has been selected.
Security Indicator—A key inside a car shape shows that the car’s security system is functioning correctly.
Slip Indicator (ON & OFF)—A car with wavy tread lines underneath it indicates that the Vehicle Dynamic Control system is in use and has sensed slippery road conditions.
SPORT Mode Indicator—“SPORT” in a box will appear when SPORT mode is selected.
Turn Signal / Hazard Indicators—A green arrow will flash right or left when you activate the corresponding indicator upon making a turn.
When Warning Lights Call for Repairs…
Nissan 24 is always there! Brockton, Randolph and Stoughton area Sentra drivers can rely on Nissan 24’s service center for expert advice and fixes for any lit dashboard light. Schedule an appointment with us online now or stop by our shop at 1016 Belmont Street to chat with our staff of Nissan-certified pros.