The Toyota Camry is a reliable midsize sedan for drivers around Nashville, Gallatin, and Madison. But sometimes, a light may appear on the vehicle’s dashboard. To help determine whether it indicates an immediate cause for concern, you’ll need to learn about several that you may see.
That’s why our team at Ron Hibbard Toyota created this 2018 Toyota Camry dashboard light guide. We’ll explain the differences between indicator and warning lights, and give some examples of each. If you have any questions while reading, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Indicator lights simply inform the driver that a particular system in the car is currently operating. The light being on isn’t necessarily an issue. However, if it stays on when a feature isn’t operating, or doesn’t come on when it should, then you’ll need to get the car checked out at our service center.
Some examples of indicator lights are…
- Parking brake indicator: If you see PARK in all caps, it simply means the parking brake is on. Once the brake has been released, the light will turn off.
- Headlight high beam indicator: This light looks like a capital D with several short horizontal lines to the left of it. It’ll appear when you push the lever next to the steering wheel away from you to turn the high beams on. It’ll then disappear when you pull the lever toward you to turn the high beams off.
- Cruise control indicator: The light will appear as an odometer with an arrow pointed to it when cruise control has been activated.
- Slip indicator: If you see the back of a car with two squiggly lines behind it flashing on the dashboard, then it means the traction control and vehicle stability control systems are currently operating.
- Security indicator: What looks like a car with a big lock on it means the security system has been set; it’ll turn on, then continuously flash.
Warning lights mean there’s a malfunction with one of the Camry’s systems. If any of the following lights appear on the dashboard, you’ll need to get the car looked at as soon as possible. Otherwise, it could become increasingly more dangerous to drive the vehicle around.
Some possible warning lights you may see are on the dash are…
- ABS warning light: When you see ABS in all caps, it means there’s an issue with the car’s anti-lock braking system.
- Low fuel level warning light: This light simply looks like a fuel pump, and indicates that the car is low on gas. Drive to the nearest gas station to fill up as soon as possible.
- Driver’s and front passenger’s seat belt reminder light: The light appears as a person wearing a seat belt when either person in the front row isn’t buckled in. As soon as both people are, the light will go away.
- Tire pressure warning light: Appears as an exclamation point inside an open circle. It means there’s either low tire pressure due to a flat tire or natural causes, or there’s a malfunction with the tire pressure warning system.
- Malfunction indicator lamp: When you see an image similar to an engine with the word CHECK underneath it, it means there’s a malfunction with either the electronic engine control, throttle control, or automatic transmission control systems.
You can learn more about the 2018 Toyota Camry and see if this innovative sedan is to be your next vehicle with this in-depth vehicle review.
Schedule Service for Your Camry Today
If you’re driving around Nashville, Gallatin, or Madison and a light appears on your dashboard, then schedule a service appointment at Ron Hibbard Toyota. Our certified technicians will use only genuine parts in our state-of-the-art service center to get your 2018 Toyota Camry in tip-top shape.