The BMW Warning Lights

Dashboard Warning Lights

The BMW brand has a reputation for high-quality, luxury vehicles, and the brand’s many fans in Jackson, WY are proof. Just like all quality machinery, even your BMW X5 or 3 Series needs occasional maintenance from experts to be in its best condition. The BMW warning lights are what ensure that you know when you need to schedule just that. If a BMW dashboard warning light comes on, schedule service with the expert BMW mechanics at BMW of Idaho Falls. Keep reading to learn more about what each of the BMW dash warning lights mean.

BMW Dashboard Warning Lights: Symbols and Meaning

Every luxury BMW comes with a variety of advanced systems that each need particular maintenance. That’s why there are a variety of BMW warning lights. These BMW dashboard warning lights can indicate a need for a quick fix, or even something that needs to be addressed immediately. Knowing the BMW warning light meanings can help you rest assured that you know what to do if something comes up on Bozeman, MT roads:

  • Empty or Low Fuel: All this requires is a stop at the local Butte, MT gas station. When this light turns on you have just enough gas for about 30 miles before your tank is empty. Driving too long on low gas can damage the fuel system. 
  • Tire Pressure Monitor: When this light is triggered, one or more of the tires are underinflated. A yellow light indicates that the pressure is down by about 10%. If the light is red, the tire has been deflated rapidly, so you may have a flat tire. 
  • Oil Can: If this light comes on, your vehicle is due for an oil change. Luxury BMWs should be serviced at a BMW dealership. Get yours at the BMW of Idaho Falls service center.
  • Light Bulb: If this warning light comes on, there is an issue with one or more of your external lights. You can change these lights on your own or have the professionals at our service center do it for you.
  • Dynamic Stability Control: Although the name may be intimidating, this is actually a relatively simple BMW warning light. It indicates that the traction control system has been engaged. Your owner’s manual can tell you more about traction control.
  • Thermometer: This is a more serious light that indicates that the engine is getting too hot or overheating. Overheating can be dangerous and damage the engine. If a service station is nearby, go there immediately to get your vehicle checked out. If one isn’t nearby, you should stop the vehicle, turn the heat on max, open the windows, and avoid touching the hood of the vehicle until the engine cools. Then take it to a service center.
  • Engine: This BMW dashboard warning light is another sign that the vehicle should be serviced immediately. It means that there is an issue with the engine or its components. 
  • Service Vehicle: When this dashboard warning light is yellow, it signifies that your BMW needs to be serviced. When it turns red, the BMW service is overdue.

Learn More About BMW with BMW of Idaho Falls!

Now that you better understand the BMW warning lights meanings, you won’t need to worry when they appear. Learn more about servicing your BMW by reading our other BMW service tips. If you ever need service, or help with your BMW iDrive update, be sure to check our service specials and get a great deal at our Idaho Falls service center. Still have questions? Contact us and we’ll be happy to answer them.


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