Renault Clio Dashboard Warning Lights and Symbols

Explained in this guide are many of the dashboard warning lights and symbols contained in many versions of the popular Renault Clio along with their meanings.

Each light symbol contains a picture of what it looks like on a Clio dashboard and an explanation of the fault or service it is indicating.

Although many dashboard lights and engine warning symbols are found in this list, the exact lights and symbols may vary depending of which features your Clio has and from which country. The colour in which the dashboard warning light illuminates details the severity of the issues.

Red will usually suggest an urgent warning that requires immediate attention. Orange warning lights indicate a less urgent issue like a service is due for example. Other colours such as green and blue provide the driver with information. Flashing lights will often inform the driver of an urgent problem.

Renault Clio toxic fumes dashboard warning light

Toxic fume warning light

The toxic fume filter warning lights (looks like a tap to some) illuminates when the ignition is activated and extinguishes shortly after. If the light remains on continuously, consult an authorised technician. If the light flashes, reduce the engine speed until light stops flashing and seek assistance from an approved technician.

Renault Clio battery charge dashboard warning light

Battery charge warning

When the ignition is switched on, battery charge warning light will illuminate and extinguish a few seconds later. If the warning light illuminates whilst driving, accompanied by a STOP warning message and a audible beep, this indicates an overload in the electrical circuits. Stop when safe to do so and seek help from an approved technician.

Renault Clio STOP dashboard warning light

STOP warning light

The stop warning light illuminates initially with the ignition and extinguishes once the engine has started. The light illuminate alongside other warnings and messages and is accompanied by an audible sound. If the warning light illuminates, stop the car as soon as it is safe to do so and contact a vehicle technician.

Renault Clio dashboard warning light – spanner

Dashboard warning light

Upon turning on the ignition on the Renault Clio, the spanner warning light will illuminate and extinguish as soon as the engine has started. The warning light may illuminate alongside other indicator lights and messages on the dashboard. If the warning light remains illuminated whilst driving, drive carefully and consult an approved vehicle technician as soon as possible.

Renault Clio traction control and Electronic Stability Program dashboard warning light

Traction control light

The Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and traction control warning light illuminates with the ignition being turned on and extinguishes after a few seconds. If the ESP light and warning light illuminate, the ESP and traction control are deactivated. This may result in the vehicle being harder to control. Seek an approved vehicle technician for help.

Renault Clio air bag dashboard warning light

Air bag warning light

The air bag warning light illuminate for a few seconds as the ignition is activated and then extinguishes. If the light fails to illuminate when turning on the ignition, or it comes on whilst driving, this indicates a failure with one or more of the air bag systems. For further information about airbags and possible faults, see why is the airbag light on?

Renault Clio anti-lock brake system (ABS) dashboard warning light

Anti-lock brake warning

Anti-lock brake system (ABS) lights up for a moment as the ignition is turned on and then goes out. If it ABS light illuminates whilst driving, it indicates a problem with the ABS system. Normal brakes will work as normal. Consult an approved vehicle technician as soon as possible. See the Anti-Lock Braking System guide for understanding what ABS is and how it works.

Renault Clio oil pressure warning light

Oil pressure warning light

Lights up initially with ignition and extinguishes after a moment. If the oil pressure warning light illuminates whilst driving, accompanied by the STOP warning light and an audible beep, it’s important to stop the vehicle and turn the engine off. Check oil levels – see how to check engine oil, if levels are normal, contact an approved Renault technician.

Renault Clio engine coolant temperature warning light

Engine coolant light

The engine coolant temperature warning light illuminates for a few seconds as the Clio ignition is turned on and then goes out. If light flashes, it indicates a problem with the injection system. Stop as soon as safely possible and contact approved Renault dealer. If the light is steady, allow the engine to idle to cool down. If the light remains on, turn engine off and leave to cool down before checking coolant. See what is engine coolant and how to check engine coolant for further details.

Renault Clio handbrake on and brake circuit incident warning light

Handbrake / brake light

This circle containing an exclamation mark symbol illuminates when the ignition it switched on and goes out when the handbrake is released. The handbrake on and brake circuit incident warning light illuminates and is accompanied by the STOP warning light and an audible beep to inform the driver brake fluid levels are low or there is an issue within the braking system. Stop as soon as safe to do so and contact an approved Renault technician.

Renault Clio gear change dashboard warning light

Gear change warning

To aid in better fuel economy, the Renault Clio gear change warning light illuminates to advice to change to a higher gear (up arrow), or to aid in better engine control, to change to a lower gear (down arrow).

Renault Clio engine immobiliser system warning symbol

Engine immobiliser light

The engine immobiliser system warning light should illuminate when the ignition is switched on and extinguish a few moments later. If the light remains on or flashes after attempting to start the engine, this indicates a fault with the system. Use the second key or card provided with the vehicle. If this does not resolve the issue, contact an authorised Renault technician.

Renault Clio variable power assisted steering light warning symbol

Power steering symbol

The variable power assisted steering dashboard symbol illuminates with the ignition activated and goes out a few seconds later. If the warning light illuminates whilst driving, it indicates a fault in the system. Contact an authorised Renault vehicle technician.

Renault Clio electronic fault dashboard warning light

Electronic fault warning

Warning light initially illuminates with ignition and extinguishes a few moments later. A fault with the injection computer or automatic transmission when light illuminates whilst driving. Consult authorised Renault technician.

Renault Clio water in diesel filter dashboard warning light

Water in diesel filter light

Light illuminates when ignition is turned on and goes out a few seconds later. IF the light comes on whilst driving, it indicates there is water in the diesel. Contact should be made with an authorised Renault vehicle technician as soon as possible.

Renault Clio serious injection fault dashboard warning light

Serious injection fault

Lights up initially with ignition but should go out when engine starts. If light illuminates whilst driving stop immediately when safe to do so and contact an authorised Renault vehicle technician.

Renault Clio diesel particle filter dashboard warning light

Diesel particle filter

If light illuminates, it indicates a filter saturation risk. To clean the particle filter, drive at an average speed of at least 24 mph (40 km/h), until the warning light goes out. You may need to restart the operation if the vehicle has to stop before the warning light goes out. Cleaning should take around 20 minutes. If the warning light comes on accompanying the filter light, seek help from an authorised Renault dealer.

Renault Clio speed limiter dashboard warning light

Speed limiter light

The speed limiter helps you stay within a particular speed limit of your choice. This is of benefit when driving in areas where you would like to keep to a specific speed limit.

Stop / Start

Engine Stop and Start System

The Renault Clio automatic engine stop and start system helps to reduce fuel consumption and lower exhaust emissions. Stop and start is activated automatically when the vehicle is started, but can be manually switched off. When your vehicle comes to a standstill, the system stops the engine (standby) and automatically restarts when you move off.

There are certain conditions that must be met in order for stop and start to operate. If these conditions are not met, the warning light  will display. If your Clio stop start system is not working, see Renault Clio Stop Start unavailable for possible reasons.

Common Renault Clio dashboard light symbols

The are the more common Renault Clio Dashboard warning lights:

Sidelights dashboard symbol
Low tyre pressure warning light
Preheating coil warning light for Renault Clio diesel
Main / full beam headlights activated warning light
Left turn direction indicator light


Right turn direction indicator light
Dipped beam headlights activated warning light
Front fog lights warning symbol
Rear fog lights warning symbol
Car door status warning symbol


Dashboard warning light for other vehicles

Follow the link below to view dashboard warning lights for other makes and models of cars.

68 thoughts on “Renault Clio Dashboard Warning Lights and Symbols”

  1. Ronald Helesi

    Hi. I drive a Renault Clio 1999. The is not start in, the Dash warming light that are not coming when I switch the engine is : Preheating electrical c, electronic faults light, TOXIC FUME WARNING LIGHT

    Please help

  2. Trevor G

    I have a renault clio 3. When I get to 70 kmh the ABS ,HANDBRAKE ,SPANNER and STOP warning lights come on
    If the car is switched off for a few seconds and started again no lights on the dash till I reach 70kmh again.
    I checked if my brake fluid is full. No problems there.
    I checked if I have any brack fluid leakes on the in side of my rims. No problems there.
    Please help guys.

  3. Susan Thedi

    Hi I have a clio no 3 I have a red warning spanner on the dash board also a warning of a basket that doesn’t show on the manual book I want to know what is that basket sign? Pls help

  4. david

    anybody help me a have a 2003 Renault Clio and I am braking and my both indicators are coming on and also the fog warning light it was workingvok until tonight

  5. Nicola Yardley

    I have a 2013 plate Clio, it’s saying traction control on? It won’t start. Advice and help please

  6. jean whitfield

    my wiper froze a symbol came up looks like a lollypop — and a van what is it has wiper motor buned out

  7. M E Khan

    I have electronic fault warning on my second duster and authorised technician still don’t know what the problem is .
    The spanner light aswell came on and car has been serviced but it still comes on .
    Unacceptable that Renault doesn’t know what the problem is .
    Please help

  8. Twani

    I’m driving Renault clio 2017 model. when I switched on the lights my warning lights and symbols switched off but when I switch off my lights they becomes on again. what will be the problem please assist.

  9. mamdouh

    I have Renault Fluence 2010 when I changed my battery Engine not working yet. I drive the 2010 Renault Fluence Automatic after changing the battery The engine does not work

  10. Karon Morris

    I have a Renault Clio and I ha e a warning light on my dash that is not in the manila,it looks like a bowl with a water drop above it !!!!! Any ideas please

  11. Jean Paul Borg

    I have the same thing, what was the problem?


  12. Mr Dennis Atkins

    I have Laguna Initiale 2007,warning light showing low tyre pressure o/s front then flashes up (stop)on same wheel with punture in red.How can i rectify this fault,vehicle runs so well.Could it be a faulty ignition card as door locking sometimes plays up.

  13. paul morley

    is it the coolant warning sign ?

  14. Ali

    I think this is the tyre pressure sensor

  15. Hank

    Has the vehicle been repaired anywhere? And some under covers are exposed this may attack the wiring loom , eg if your arch has been removed and not replaced correctly the rain water and grit will attack the wiring leaving it to expose wiring and fussing them together .Or have you had a main battery problem ? Dealerships are guessing until they solve the problem, they only use diagnostic tools and software to hunt for problems,

  16. Stanley Wallwork

    It is water or condensation in your fuel.

  17. Renaldo Kok

    Good day, hope all is well?
    I using a Renault clio think it’s a 2014 or 2015 model.
    There’s a A with a circle on the dashboard and a line going through the A.
    I just wanted to find out what that means and what I should do to get it away.


  18. Hi Renaldo,
    It sounds like the engine stop and start system. The warning light has been added above. Is it this?

  19. prem

    i have duster modal 2014 dashboard sign battery and engine and problem in starting .what i do

  20. Hello prem,
    The battery warning light indicates a charging system fault. due to the low voltage, it could be causing other problems and triggering a fault code hence the engine warning light illuminating. Battery warning lights usually come on due to alternator issues, but you’ll have to have tests done on alternator and battery. Make sure all cables are secure and corrosion free. Diagnostic code reader will read the fault codes generated.

  21. Shaheen Dawud

    hi I have a Renault sander 2015.. as I am driving at an average speed my Engine coolant light comes on for like 30seconds and go off … it keeps on doing this .. the water level is perfect in the radiator .. what could be the problem?… I do have a problem where I cannot open the radiator cap without releasing the pressure slowly before opening cap completely

  22. Hi Shaheen,
    If the coolant warning light is blue, it means the engine coolant is cold and will go out when the engine is running at optimal temperature.
    If the warning light is red and goes out after a little while when you drive from a cold start, it can mean that the engine coolant is at a minimal level and when the coolant warms up it expands. This is when the warning light goes out.
    Otherwise, if you’re sure the coolant level is set to the maximum level indicator on the tank and it remains at that level (you don’t need to keep topping it up) and you’re sure it isn’t overheating, then it’s likely a sensor issue.
    If you think it might be overheating, but remains at a constant level then it might be an issue with the water pump or you might have air in the cooling system.
    There’s no single answer I’m afraid. The release of pressure when opening the cap is normal.

  23. Debbie

    Its the service light

  24. Debbie

    The bucket with a drop of water above it that is

  25. Coco

    Hi . I have a problem with lights at my Renault Clio 2007 petrol.
    Indicator lights is working
    Bulls break Working
    The problem is headlights !!!!!
    Headlights Not Working!!!!!

  26. David

    Hi, I’m David from Swansea. I have a 2005 Clio mk2, the other day I hit a curb and burst a Tyre. since then my serv warning light and air bag warning lights wont go off, any suggestions from any-one? I’d much appreciate your help. Thank you David

  27. Hi David,
    I would think that you have damaged one of the airbag sensors or caused a wiring / connection fault. The front airbag sensors are located behind the fender at the front of the vehicle.

  28. Paul T

    hi my daughter has a 64 plate clio dynamique diesel 1.5. been standing during lockdown for a couple of weeks, when she came to use it today it lit up all warning symbols but car would not start. Could this be a battery issue?

  29. Hi Paul,
    It’s quite probable. It really depends on the condition of the battery in the first instance as that’ll determine how long it’ll last without being started. Temperature and any devices that drain power all have an impact too.

  30. Clare Gould

    That came up on mine this morning. Did you discover what it meant please

  31. Buck Rogers

    In reply to Debbie.

    Is what. Oil service due ??


    In reply to david.

    usually caused by a bad earth

  33. Steven

    In reply to david.

    You have an incorrect bulb fitted in the brake light

  34. Lenny

    hi my Renault clio 2001 Has a jerk whilist driving and the stop and heat gauge light flicks.

  35. Mbali

    Hi, my Renault Clio 2018 showed a injection warning for a few seconds and it disappeared. What could be the problem?

  36. Hi Mbali,
    The Renault check injection warning light is quite common and often not associated with an injector. It can be lots of things from wiring issues, sensors and DPF faults. You’ll need to take it to a garage and have and OBS scan tool hooked up to read fault codes.

  37. Roy

    In reply to Trevor G.

    Have you got the right engine oil in the car I had the same problem on a Skoda octavia when I opened the car up to overtake the car went into limp mode and the turbo tripped out , turn the key off and on again all ok again, I pit the correct grade of oil in the car and all was good,

  38. Les

    Hi I have a 09 clio today my injection warning came on . What should I do ?

  39. Stuart Traves

    Hi my 68 plate Clio has not been used for a while and now after a good run the central panel (radio/time) does not go off when the car is locked up …. thanks

  40. Hi Stuart,
    The cold and damp and not being used in a while can cause trouble with Renault electrics. From what I gather, it’s often a blown fuse, which confusingly causes these things to stay on. I would look at downloading a Renault Clio owners manual so you can find the fuse locations and do some testing.

  41. fanie

    my renult clio 2002 model throws out powersteering symbol car wont start

  42. Hi Fanie,
    It’s possible that the power steering pump has failed and seized, meaning that the belt connected to the pump and starter motor wont turn.

  43. Nazmeera

    Hi there. I have a 2016 Renault Clio Blaze. When trying to start the car various error messages come up. Traction control on, brake failure, etc. What could be the problem? It sometimes randomly starts up on its own but for the past two days has mostly been giving issues to start up. Does the battery need replacing?

  44. Jude Hines

    In reply to Susan Thedi.

    Hi there

    The basket light is to say the year chamber is about to break! You can’t use the car no matter what. Contact the Renault help line and then you’re local garage. They will charge inbetween £200/£350. Fall me on 01406 925867 and up do it for £100 as my garage is about to shut down because of covid19 if I don’t start piling on some serious money.

  45. Rose

    Hi. I have 2017 clio. It started showing a check lighting sign. Can it be 1 of the globes needs changing or it’s something serious

  46. Michael Hagan

    In reply to Karon Morris.

    I have the same problem, any idea what it is?

  47. Phumla Mthimunye

    It’s your battery probably I had the same issue and was advised to change my battery 🔋 now it’s fine again

  48. Phumla Mthimunye

    I drive a 2015 clio4 and today whilst starting it quickly showed warning (engine hazard) and quickly disappeared…then showed another warning (service intervals) then that too disappeared… I recently did my 60 thousand km service and changed my accessories belt and cambelt it’s not due for service what could be the issue please 🥺 help

  49. Geoff Phoenix

    The low tyre pressure light has come on but has not gone off after I have inflated all tyres correctly – what shouldI do?

  50. Hello Geoff.
    If the tyre pressure warning light flashes for around 1 minute, then stays on, this indicates a fault. If the warning light illuminates without flashing, this indicates a low pressure issue. If you are sure that the tyres are inflated to the correct pressure, then you’ll need to reset the tyre pressure monitoring system. You should be able to search online for your particular model of Clio for a guide on how to do this.

  51. Steven

    Hi There.

    I have a REANAULT Clio 2014 model, my issue is that when I start the car it automatically goes to 2000 rpm, and goes down again. Than I have a green A flickering, what could that be.

    Kind Regards.

  52. Mary

    I just got a Renault Clio Dynamique 2018. When i start the car the message “CHECK STOP AND START”
    appears. What could that be?


  53. Hi Mary,
    It’s a problem related to the engine automatic stop / start system. When there are problems with the stop start system, it’s almost always battery related, so that would certainly be the first place to start. If you have a battery charger, or have one that you could borrow and leave the battery charging overnight, that might sort it. Winter is more of a drain on batteries, more; lights on more of the time, heating etc, so if there’s a weak battery, they usually show themselves in Winter.

  54. Houghton

    on the instrument panel I have what looks like a green, maybe, headlight with lines pointing down to the ground. can`t see it in the manual. Clio dynamique 1909.Any idea what it is?

  55. Hi Houghton,
    Are the lines slanted down or vertical? Green light symbols with slanted down lines include dipped headlights, front fog light symbols, automatic high beam and adaptive lights symbol.

  56. Tracy

    I have a Clio 59 plate diesel .. showing on dashboard is a car with an arrow pointing from bonnet end to a spanner. It has also been recently serviced 🤷

  57. Hi Tracy,
    They forgot to reset the service reminder. It should be fairly easy to do yourself. To reset the Renault Clio service required warning reminder light:
    1. Switch on the ignition.
    2. Press the down arrow button on the end of the left steering column stalk until you get to service intervals.
    3. Once there, press and hold the down arrow button
    4. Keep it pressed, then you’ll see the display change, still keep it pressed until you see the service required in / oil changed in 15000km (9xxx miles) / 12 months.
    That should be it.
    If you have any problems, pop into the garage you had the service at and they should be happy to do it.

  58. Sheila

    Hi, I have a Clio 2007 and on the dashboard i have the spanner light showing, no mileage showing, just ——(although it shows when i first turn the engine on but then turns to the —-), also a picture of a car pointing to the bonnet, lastly a flashing picture of what to me looks like a fire ? I have had the picture of the fire before with the spanner light when the car is due for servicing but not this . I will be booking a service soon , been waiting for the mechanic to return to work after an op. Just wondered what the rest meant as not seen it before and the fire icon is not in my manual? Thank you.

  59. Hi Sheila,
    Is it an arrow pointing the the front of a car symbol? Not sure what the fire symbol is. Does it resemble a drop going into a bucket? If so, that and the arrow pointing to the front of the car is service due indicators. If it is that, it’s supposed to resemble an oil drop falling into a tray. Those symbols and the spanner light should all be reset and gone by your mechanic after the service is complete.

  60. Simon Mazibuko

    Hi I’m driving Clio 3,2019 model. I have serviced the car but the spanner is still on and it say “service is due”. The technician doesn’t know what to do. Please help

  61. Hi Simon,
    You should be able to reset the Renault Clio 3 service spanner yourself. Try this method;

    1. Turn the ignition on but don’t start the engine.
    2. On the right steering wheel stalk, use the end selector buttons to scroll to the service message.
    3. Once at the ‘Service Due Now’ message, press and hold the up or down selector button.
    4. The service message will begin to flash.
    5. Wait until the message stops flashing and you’re done.
  62. Ray Wilkinson

    I have a Renault Kadjar TCE 1.3 2019 and the instrument panel is showing on the right hand side a circle with an upward point arrow and a diagonal crossed through it. Checked the handbook but can’t anything that resembles this. Has anybody got any ideas please? Thank you

  63. Hi Ray,
    As far as I’m aware, the north pointing arrow with a strike through it means that the current navigation route is inactive.

  64. Raja

    I have Renault Clio 2010, Central Lock light blinking. Does not start at all. Was parked in morning very well. Doors do not lock. Boot does not open. I already tried putting battery off. Any idea plz?

  65. This morning my Reanul Clio 4 2015 flash red water light and say stop. I did stop and fill up water bit not much. Drive the car now water if too much in don’t know if water not seculating or what. I scare to drive long distance help

  66. Hi Jane,
    There should be a MAX mark on the rear of the coolant reservoir. Did you fill it to this mark? If the coolant has dropped significantly, it may be a symptom of a leak. Take a look under the vehicle engine bay for any signs of a leak. If the coolant level remains fine, chances are it’s a faulty thermostat. Check other things such as engine oil too. If the engine oil is very low, it can cause the engine to work much harder than normal. If there’s steam coming from under the bonnet, or a strange smell coming from the engine, it’s a sign of overheating. If it doesn’t seem hot, chances are it’s the thermostat. there are other possibilities such as water pump, broken drive belts or air trapped in the coolant system. It’s best to have it checked out using diagnostic equipment to scan for fault codes. Most garages will have these tools.

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