Vauxhall Corsa Dashboard Warning Lights and meanings
All vehicles have universal dashboard warning lights, and other lights that are unique to that make or model. This section contains the warning lights for the Vauxhall Corsa.
Typically with most vehicle manufacturers, dashboard warning lights signify the level of urgency by their colour. Lights that are blue or green in colour tend to provide information to the driver, such as fog lights being activated for example.
Symbols that are orange or yellow signify attention that must be dealt with soon, such as a vehicle service for example. More urgent lights are often illuminated in red and will often require immediate attention. Flashing lights may indicate immediate attention or may even require that you stop the vehicle immediately.
Malfunction warning light
The Corsa malfunction warning light will illuminate when the ignition is switched and extinguish shortly afterwards as normal. If the light illuminates when the engine is running, there is an issue with emission control. The permitted gas emission are being exceeded. If the light flashes yellow whilst the engine is running, catalytic converter damage may be caused. Ease off the accelerator and seek assistance from a workshop immediately.
Corsa ABS warning light
The Vauxhall Corsa antilock brake light should illuminate for a few seconds when the ignition is switched one and soon extinguish. If the light does not go out or comes on whilst driving, there is a fault with the vehicle ABS system. Normal brakes will continue to work although a reduction in control under heavy braking may be observed. See the Anti-Lock Braking System guide for understanding what ABS is and how it works.
The engine coolant temperature light should illuminate for a few seconds when the ignition is turned on a extinguish soon after. If the light illuminates red whilst driving, safely stop the vehicle and turn off the engine. check engine coolant levels for sufficient coolant. If there is sufficient coolant, consult an authorised Vauxhall workshop. Before checking coolant, allow engine to cool down as scolding is a possibility. See what is engine coolant and how to check engine coolant for further details.
Preheating and diesel particle filter light
The Corsa diesel particle filter will flash if the filter requires cleaning and previous driving conditions did not allow for automatic cleaning. To enable cleaning, continue driving and if possible do not allow the engine speed to drop below 2000 rpm. Once automatic cleaning has finished, the preheating / diesel particle filter light will extinguish.
Battery charging system
Light will illuminate with ignition and extinguish shortly after. If battery warning light illuminates when engine is running, turn off engine as battery is not charging. If light flashes after an engine start, the battery voltage is too low. In either case a qualified workshop assistance is required. For further details regarding your vehicles battery, See car battery life expectancy and maintenance for help.
Service vehicle soon
The car with a spanner dashboard warning light informs the driver that they need to service / have their vehicle checked soon. If the light illuminate whilst the engine is running, there may be a fault with the engine or transmission
electronics. Electronics will run in emergency mode. fuel consumption may increase and vehicle handling may be impaired. If the light flashes with the ignition switched on, it signifies a fault with the Corsa immobiliser system.
Winter Mode dash light
The snowflake symbol is illuminate on the dashboard to signify Winter Mode is activated. Whilst in Winter mode, it will assist you in moving off from a stationary position on a slippery road – on snow or ice for example.
Brake and clutch light
The exclamation mark contained within a circle warning light illuminates when the ignition is turned on and the handbrake / parking brake is applied. The brake and clutch warning light will also illuminate if the handbrake is released, signifying that the brake and clutch fluid levels are too low. On some models of Corsa, the light will flash when the ignition is switched off to signify the handbrake has not bee applied.
Airbag and seat belt tensioners warning light
Light illuminates with ignition for around 4 seconds. If the light fails to come on, or fails to go out after 4 seconds, there is a fault within the belt tensioners or airbag system. there will also be a flashing airbag light on the button in the Corsa. System needs to be checked as soon as possible as airbag or belt tensioners may fail to activate in an accident.
Tyre pressure warning
The tyre with an exclamation point inside indicates either a deflating type if the light is red, or if the light is yellow, there is a fault with the tyre deflation or tyre monitoring system. If the light illuminates red, stop immediately and check tyre pressures. See tyre legal limit for information on having too high and too low pressure in tyres.
Power steering light
The power steering warning light will illuminate yellow on the Corsa to signify the power steering system may have failed. The vehicle can still be steered although turning the wheel may require much more force than usual. An authorised Vauxhall workshop must be contacted.
Engine oil pressure
1. The oil can picture with the line underneath illuminates yellow whilst driving to signify low engine oil level. Oil level should be topped up. See how to check engine oil for further information. Image 2. illuminates when the ignition is switched on and extinguishes after a few seconds. If oil light (2) illuminate whilst driving, it signifies low oil pressure and lubricant in the engine is interrupted. This may damage the engine. Stop the car safely and turn off engine immediately. Check oil levels and if satisfactory seek technical assistance.
Electronic Stability Program
For normal system, light will illuminate with ignition for a few seconds and extinguish. If the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) light illuminates whilst driving, it signifies the system is switched off or there is a fault with the system. Normal driving is possible although vehicle stability may deteriorate depending on road surface. If the light flashes whilst driving, the system is engaged. Engine output may be reduced and a small degree of automatic braking may be imposed.
Ultrasonic parking assist
The ultrasonic park assist light will illuminate on the Vauxhall Corsa to signify a fault with the system. Technical assistance from a Vauxhall workshop should be sought. If the light flashes, it signifies the sensors are dirty or covered by snow / ice, or the system is unable to operate correctly due to external ultrasound sources mixing with the systems signals. Once the external sources have stopped, the system will work correctly.
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