With increasingly complicated engines, electrical and mechanical systems on cars, dashboard warning lights are increasingly used to inform the driver of potential issues.
Almost all modern cars use built-in computers and sensors to monitor the vehicle throughout. The warning, or information lights are displayed on the dashboard in the form of symbols, many of which are universally used though some may vary depending on the manufacturing location of your vehicle.
As a general rules however, the colour of the light is used to relay the severity of an issue. Information lights and symbols will typically use green or blue colours, whilst amber or yellow lights are used to provide notice to a minor error or some form of maintenance that is required, such as an engine service for example.
Red lights, particularly those that flash represent a more urgent situation. Such lights may also use an audible beep to gain attention. Take notice of red / red flashing lights as continual use of the vehicle may potentially be dangerous, or may cause damage to the vehicle.
Below details the Nissan Juke dashboard warning lights and symbols with pictures, an explanation of the symbol along with the appropriate action that should be taken.
All Wheel Drive
On versions of the Nissan Juke that have the 4-wheel drive option, the ‘AWD’ light will illuminate along with the ignition being started and should shortly go out. If the AWD system malfunctions, the revolution or radius of the front and the rear wheel differs, the AWD warning light will either remain illuminated or flash. Whilst the vehicle is in motion and 4-wheel drive is selected, the AWD-V light will illuminate to inform system is active.
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
System will self-test on the Nissan Juke as ignition is switched on by light illumination and to shortly go out. If light comes on whilst driving, this indicates the ABS has a fault. Anti-lock brakes are used under heavy braking situations or to prevent the wheels from locking due to certain road conditions. ABS is not related to normal braking and as such, normal braking will continue to work as usual. See your Nissan dealership or qualified technician. For an understanding of ABS and what it does see, ABS.
BRake or PArking Brake Warning Light
Depending on the model of Juke, either of these dashboard symbols may be used. Symbols will illuminate if the parking brake (handbrake) is applied. Release handbrake or check that it is fully released. If lights remain on, it may indicate insufficient brake fluid levels. Turn engine off and check levels. If levels are sufficient, have vehicle checked by Nissan dealership. Braking system may become defective. Have system checked immediately.
Battery Charge WARNING LIGHT
Battery charge light will illuminate with ignition and shortly go out once engine has started. If light comes on whilst driving or stays on, it indicates a malfunction with either the battery or the charging system. Turn the engine off and check the alternator belt. If the belt is loose, broken, missing, have belt fixed. If belt is in good working order but light remains on, have vehicle checked by Nissan dealership immediately.
Engine Oil Pressure WARNING LIGHT
This symbol will illuminate with ignition and should go out shortly after. This dashboard symbol is to warn of low engine oil pressure and NOT low oil levels. If the symbol comes on whilst driving, either constantly or flickering, pull over as soon as it is safe to do so and turn off the engine immediately. Continually driving whilst light is illuminated is highly likely to cause damage to the engine. Contact Nissan dealership.
High Engine Temperature WARNING LIGHT
Not all Nissan Juke are equipped with this. Light will illuminate with ignition and shortly turns off to signify sensor check has been successfully completed. If light comes on when driving, this signifies a very high engine temperature where severe damage may follow. Stop vehicle as soon as possible and turn engine off. Leave to cool for 20 – 30 minutes and check engine coolant levels. If low, top up levels. If levels are sufficient, do not drive vehicle and speak to a Nissan dealership. See engine coolant for further information.
Intelligent Key System WARNING LIGHT
Light will remain on after ignition and turn off after 2 seconds. The light flashes yellow when the door is closed with the Intelligent Key left outside the vehicle and the ignition switch in the ACC or ON position. Make sure that the Intelligent Key is inside the vehicle. The light flashes green when the Intelligent Key battery is running out of power. Replace the battery with a new one. The lights constantly yellow when it warns of a malfunction with Intelligent Key system. If the warning light illuminates yellow while the engine has stopped, it may be impossible to start the engine. If the light comes on while the engine is running, you can drive the vehicle. In these cases, contact a Nissan dealer.
Low Tyre Pressure Dashboard WARNING LIGHT
The Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) monitors the pressure of all tyres except the spare. If the light illuminates whilst driving, it signifies either low tyre pressure with one or more of the tyres, or a malfunction with the TPMS where the light will flash for around 1 minute after ignition is switched to ON. If pressures are low, a message will also display on the information display. Tyre pressure can be found inside the door post and should ideally be inflated when cold. The warning light will only go out when the system is reset by driving at 16 mph or more.
Air Bag and Passenger Air Bag WARNING LIGHT
Self-test checks will see the red air bag light illuminate when ignition is turned on for around 7 seconds where then it will turn off. If any of the following conditions occur, the front air bag, side air bag, curtain air bag and pretensioner systems need servicing and your vehicle must be taken to a Nissan dealer. The air bag light remains on after 7 seconds, the light does not come on at all, or the light flashes. Unless system is checked, air bags or restraint systems may not function properly. For further information about airbags and possible faults, see why is the airbag light on?
Vehicle Dynamic Control WARNING LIGHT
The Nissan Juke will self-check systems when ignition is switched to ON and light will turn off. The light will flash when the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system or the traction control system is working, therefor alerting the driver that the vehicle is nearing its traction limits due to harsh driving or slippery roads. If the VDC light remains constantly on, it signifies a possible malfunction with the system. Vehicle will be drivable under normal driving condition though you should seek assistance from Nissan dealer.
Cruise Control Dashboard LIGHT
When pushed this symbol illuminate to inform the driver that cruise control is active. Press again to deactivate. If light flashes whilst driving, this signifies a malfunction with the cruise control. Assistance from a Nissan dealer will resolve issue.
CRUISE CONTROL DASHBOARD LIGHT
This light illuminates when the shift lever is in the P (Park) position (Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) models) or N (Neutral) position (Manual Transmission (MT) models). Symbol means that the engine will start by pushing the ignition switch with the brake pedal (CVT models) or clutch pedal (MT models) depressed. You can start the engine directly in any position.
Malfunction Indicator LIGHT (MIL)
If the malfunction indicator light (Service Engine Soon) comes on steady or flashes while the engine is running, it may indicate a potential emission control and/or Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) malfunction. The malfunction indicator light may also illuminate continuously if the fuel cap is loose or missing, or if the vehicle runs out of fuel. Check to make sure the fuel cap is closed properly, and that the vehicle has at least 11.4 litres of fuel in the tank.
If the symbol remains on for 20 seconds and then flashes for 10 seconds when the engine is not running, it indicates that the vehicle is not ready for an emission control system inspection/maintenance test. If malfunction indicator light flashing, an engine misfire has been detected which may damage the emission control system. To reduce or avoid emission control system damage, do not drive at speeds above 45 mph (72 km/h), avoid hard acceleration or deceleration and avoid steep uphill grades.
Security INDICATOR LIGHT
This symbol flashes on the dashboard when the ignition switch is in the ACC, OFF or LOCK position. This function indicates the security system equipped on the vehicle is in operation. If the security system is malfunctioning, this light will remain on while the ignition switch is in the ON position.
Electronic Power Steering (PS) LIGHT
A systems self-check will see the light illuminate when the ignition is switched on and should turn off shortly after. If light remains on or comes on whilst driving, this indicates a possible electronic power steering malfunction, where you will need to take vehicle to Nissan dealer. This malfunction will not effect normal steering though assistance may be unavailable and steering may become difficult at certain times whilst driving.