BMW 5 Series Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 5 Series: Indicator/warning lights

Concept

Indicator/warning lights in the instrument cluster display the status of some functions in the vehicle and indicate when a malfunction is present in the monitored systems.

General information

The indicator/warning lights can light up in a variety of combinations and colors.

Several of the lights are checked for proper functioning and light up temporarily when drive-ready state is switched on.

Red lights

Safety belt reminder

illuminated:Indicator light flashes or is illuminated: safety belt on the driver or passenger side is not buckled. The safety belt reminder can also be activated if objects are placed on the front passenger seat.

Make sure that the safety belts are positioned correctly.

Safety belt reminder for rear seats

the correspondingThe safety belt is not buckled on the corresponding rear seat.

Airbag system

mayAirbag system and belt tensioner may not be working.

Have the vehicle checked immediately by a dealer's service center or another qualified service center or repair shop.

Parking brake

Brake systemThe parking brake is set.

Brake system

Continue to Braking system impaired. Continue to drive moderately.

immediatelyHave the vehicle checked immediately by a dealer's service center or another qualified service center or repair shop.

Yellow lights

Anti-lock Braking System ABS

not The Brake Assistant function may not activate. Avoid abrupt braking. Take the longer braking distance into account.

checked Have the system immediately checked by a dealer's service center or another qualified service center or repair shop.

DSC Dynamic Stability Control

controlsThe indicator light flashes: DSC controls the drive and braking forces. The vehicle is stabilized. Reduce speed and modify your driving style to the driving circumstances.

The indicator light lights up: DSC has malfunctioned.

Have the system immediately checked by a dealer's service center or another qualified service center or repair shop.

DSC Dynamic Stability Control is deactivated or DTC Dynamic Traction Control is activated

activated.DSC is deactivated or DTC is activated.

Flat Tire Monitor FTM

loss ofThe Flat Tire Monitor signals a loss of tire inflation pressure in a tire.

Reduce your speed and stop cautiously.

Avoid sudden braking and steering maneuvers.

Tire Pressure Monitor TPM

the TireThe indicator light lights up: the Tire Pressure Monitor reports a low tire inflation pressure or a flat tire. Follow the information in the Check Control message.

The indicator light flashes and then continuously lights up: no flat tire or loss of tire inflation pressure can be detected.

  • Interference caused by systems or devices with the same radio frequency: after leaving the area of the interference, the system automatically becomes active again.
  • In the case of tires with special approval: TPM was unable to complete the reset. Reset the system again.
  • A wheel without TPM wheel electronics is mounted: have it checked by a dealer's service center or another qualified service center or repair shop as needed.
  • Malfunction: have the system checked by a dealer's service center or another qualified service center or repair shop.

Steering system

working. Steering system may not be working.

Have the system checked by a dealer's service center or another qualified service center or repair shop.

Emissions

  • Emissions are deteriorating. Have theThe warning light lights up: Emissions are deteriorating. Have the vehicle checked as soon as possible.
  • The warning light flashes under certain circumstances: This indicates that there is excessive misfiring in the engine.

    Reduce the vehicle speed and have the system checked immediately; otherwise, serious engine misfiring within a brief period can seriously damage emission control components, in particular the catalytic converter.

Green lights

Safety belt reminder for rear seats

correspondingThe safety belt is buckled on the corresponding rear seat.

Turn signal

Turn signal switched on.

Unusually rapid flashing of the indicator light indicates that a turn signal bulb has failed.

Parking lights, headlight

switchedParking lights or headlights are switched on.

Parking light/low beams, automatic headlight control.

Lane departure warning

the systemThe indicator light lights up: the system is activated. At least one lane marking was detected and warnings can be issued.

Lane departure warning.

Front fog lights

on. Front fog lights are switched on.

High-beam Assistant

on. High-beam Assistant is switched on.

High beams are switched on and off automatically depending on the traffic situation.

Automatic Hold

vehicle Automatic Hold is activated. The vehicle is automatically held in place when it is stationary.

Blue lights

High beams

Hiding Check Control messagesHigh beams are switched on.

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