Vauxhall Zafira Dashboard Warning Lights and meanings

Most of us at some time or another have a warning light come up on the dashboard. Unfortunately the meaning of the warning light isn’t always clear.

This section lists the dashboard warning lights for the popular Vauxhall Zafira, with pictures and their meanings explained, along with advice on what should be done. The Zafira lights listed may vary slightly depending on the country that the vehicle was manufactured and year.

The dashboard warning lights on vehicles vary with significance or importance depending on colour. Flashing lights or lights that are red signify an urgent and usually when flashing, a critical warning.

Non-critical warnings – those that should be dealt with soon, are dealt with via orange or yellow lights. Blue and green lights are used for informational purposes, for example to inform the driver that the external lights are on.


Vauxhall Vectra clutch and brake warning light
Vauxhall Zafira seat belt tensioners and airbag warning light

Vauxhall Zafira airbag and seat belt tensioners warning light

The airbag and seat belt tensioners warning light illuminates red for around 4 seconds when the ignition is switched on and extinguish. If the light fails to extinguish or fails to illuminate, or the light illuminates whilst driving, this signifies a fault within the airbag or belt tensioners system. Belt tensioners and airbags may fail in the event of an accident. The fault should be remedied without delay by a qualified workshop.


Vauxhall Zafira car battery charging red warning light
Vauxhall Zafira car battery charging warning light

Car battery charging red warning light

The Zafira battery charging light will illuminate red for a few seconds when the ignition is switched on and extinguish. If the charging light comes on whilst the engine is running, this indicates the battery is not charging and as a result, engine cooling may be effected and halted. Turn off engine when safe to do so and seek the assistance of a qualified workshop to avoid engine damage. See car battery life expectancy and maintenance for help.



Vauxhall Zafira catalytic converter warning light
Vauxhall Zafira malfunction warning light

Zafira malfunction warning light

The malfunction warning light, or Vauxhall Zafira catalytic converter warning light will illuminate steady yellow or flash. It will illuminate when the ignition is switched on for a few seconds and go out. If the warning lamp illuminate when the engine is running, there is a fault within the exhaust emission control system.

Although not a risk to damage to the vehicle, it may exceed the legal emission limit. Seek the assistance of a workshop. If the malfunction light flashes, reduce engine load until flashing stops. If the light continues to flash, there is the potential for catalytic converter damage. Workshop assistance is required immediately.

When the Zafira check engine warning light comes on, a fault code is stored. Diagnostic equipment is then required to read the fault codes. Due to the engine light being generic, there are many potential faults associated with it. Most vehicle workshops have diagnostic code readers, or they can be purchased online.


Vauxhall Zafira car with spanner warning light
Vauxhall Zafira car with spanner warning light

Service vehicle soon warning light

The Zafira malfunction warning light a car with spanner illuminates or flashes yellow and informs the driver that they must service the vehicle soon. If the warning light illuminate whilst the engine is running, there is a fault within the engine or transmission electronics. The electronics programme will move into emergency programme where fuel consumption may increase and certain parts of the vehicle handling may be impaired. If the light remains on and the fault persists, consult a workshop.

If the warning light illuminates along with InSP4 in service display, this signifies water in the fuel filter where it will likely need to be drained and/or replaced. If the warning light flashes, this is a fault within the immobiliser system and the vehicle cannot be started. If the light continues to flash, attempt to start the engine with the vehicle spare key and seek the assistance of a workshop.



Vauxhall Zafira brake and clutch warning light
Vauxhall Zafira brake and clutch system red warning light

Brake and clutch system warning light

The circle containing an exclamation mark signifies an issue with the brake or clutch system and illuminate or flashes red. If the parking brake has been released but the light still illuminates, the brake and clutch fluid levels are too low. Check reservoir levels in engine compartment.

Brake efficiency may be impaired – it’s advisable to not continue your journey until system is checked and the fault remedied. The warning light will flash on vehicles with automated manual transmission when engine is turned off and the parking brake is not applied. Light will also flash if the driver’s door is open, if no gear has been selected and the handbrake is not applied.


Vauxhall Zafira anti-lock brakes (ABS) red warning light
Vauxhall Zafira anti-lock brakes (ABS) red warning light

Vauxhall Zafira ABS anti-lock brake warning light

The ABS light illuminate red for a few moments as the ignition is turned on and goes out shortly afterwards. The light extinguishing signifies the system is activated and ready. If the ABS light remains on or if the light illuminates whilst driving, there is a fault within the system. Normal brakes remain active, but ABS will be inactive. For more information on ABS, how they work and how they benefit drivers, See the Anti-Lock Braking System guide.


Vauxhall Zafira ultrasonic parking assist warning light
Vauxhall Zafira ultrasonic parking assist warning light

Ultrasonic parking assist warning light

The Zafira ultrasonic park assist light illuminates or flashes yellow. If the warning light illuminates a steady yellow, there is a fault in the system which can only be rectified by a qualified workshop. If the dashboard light flashes, this informs the driver that the sensors need cleaning. This may be due to dirt, snow or ice covering the sensors. Alternatively, the light may flash due to some form of interference with the signal due to external sources. Once the external interference has cleared, the system will begin to work again.


Vauxhall Zafira electronic stability control program warning light
Vauxhall Zafira electronic stability control program warning light

Zafira Electronic Stability Program warning light

This warning symbol illuminates or flashes yellow. For normal operation, the light will illuminates for a few moments when the ignition is switched on and extinguish shortly after A visual aid to signify the stability program system is in operation, the light flashes whilst driving.

When in operation, engine output may be reduced and the vehicle may be braked automatically to a small amount. If the light illuminates a steady yellow whilst driving, this informs you that the system is either turned off or that there is a fault within the system. Driving the vehicle can resume, although stability may be reduced depending on the road surface. If light remains on, seek the assistance of a workshop.



Vauxhall Zafira enigne coolant temperature warning light
Vauxhall Zafira engine coolant temperature warning light

Zafira engine coolant temperature warning light

The engine coolant temperature warning light illuminates red. If whilst driving the light illuminates, this informs you that the coolant temperature inside the engine is too hot. Continued driving risks the engine overheating, possibly resulting in damage to engine components. Pull the vehicle over as soon as possible and turn off the engine immediately. Check coolant levels when the engine has cooled. See what is engine coolant and how to check engine coolant for further details.


Vauxhall Zafira diesel preheating and particle filter warning light
Vauxhall Zafira diesel preheating and particle filter warning light

Zafira diesel preheating and particle filter warning light

The preheating light illuminates or flashes yellow. The diesel particle filter is typically cleaning automatically by driving. If the light flashes, this informs you that the previous driving did not successfully clean the filter. Continue driving and if possible do not allow the engine revs to drop below 2000 rpm. If the light illuminates a steady yellow, this informs you that the preheating is activated. Preheating only activates when outside temperature is low.


Vauxhall Zafira tyre pressure monitoring system warning light
Vauxhall Zafira tyre pressure monitoring system warning light

Zafira tyre pressure monitoring system warning light

The tyre monitoring system light illuminates or flashes yellow. Light flashes yellow three times to indicate the system has initialised. Light illuminating a steady yellow signifies tyre pressure loss. Stop the vehicle as soon as safely possible and check pressures. If the light flashes for around one minute, followed by a continuous steady light, there is a fault within the system, or a tyre has been fitted without a pressure sensor. See tyre legal limit for information on having too high and too low pressure in tyres.



Vauxhall Zafira IDS Plus + warning light
Vauxhall Zafira IDS Plus + warning light

Zafira tyre pressure monitoring system warning light

The tyre monitoring system light illuminates or flashes yellow. Light flashes yellow three times to indicate the system has initialised. Light illuminating a steady yellow signifies tyre pressure loss. Stop the vehicle as soon as safely possible and check pressures. If the light flashes for around one minute, followed by a continuous steady light, there is a fault within the system, or a tyre has been fitted without a pressure sensor.


Vauxhall Zafira IDS Plus + warning light
Vauxhall Zafira IDS Plus + warning light

Zafira Interactive Driving System

The Interactive Driving System Plus (+) activates continuous damping control when in sports mode. The warning light illuminates yellow. If the light illuminates whilst driving, this indicates a fault in the system. IDS is intended to make the vehicle more stable when in sports mode. The drive may be a little harder than normal as suspension will be firmer.


Vauxhall Zafira engine oil pressure warning light
Vauxhall Zafira engine oil pressure warning light

Zafira engine oil pressure warning light

Normal oil pressure monitoring is activated when the light illuminates red for a few seconds as the ignition is switched on. If the light illuminated whilst driving, this indicates the engine oil pressure is low. Lubrication to engine components may be reduced with the potential of engine damage or engine seizure. Pull over and turn off engine as soon as possible. Check engine oil levels, if levels are sufficient, contact an authorised workshop.


Vauxhall Zafira engine oil low warning light
Vauxhall Zafira engine oil low warning light

Zafira engine oil low warning light

Engine oil levels are checked automatically by the Zafira monitoring system. If light illuminates yellow whilst driving, check engine oil levels as soon as possible. See how to check engine oil for further information.


Vauxhall Zafira open and start system warning light
Vauxhall Zafira open and start system warning light

Zafira open and start system warning light

The open and start system warning light flashes or illuminates yellow. If the light flashes, the electronic key is not within reception range of the vehicle interior and the engine cannot be started. Hold the start/stop button down for a little longer to switch off the ignition. If the light illuminates a steady yellow, there is a fault in the system. Operate using the spare key, the remote control or via emergency operation. Another reason may be that the steering wheel lock is still engaged.


Vauxhall Zafira press footbrake warning light
Vauxhall Zafira press foot brake warning light

Zafira press foot brake warning light

The apply foot brake warning light illuminates yellow. Light will illuminate when a vehicle with manual transmission automated can only be started if the foot brake is applied.



Vauxhall Zafira common light list

Vauxhall Zafira turn signsls / indicators dashboard light
Vauxhall Zafira turn signals / indicators dashboard light. Rapid flashing signifies bulb or fuse failure
Vauxhall Zafira seat belt reminder red warning light
Zafira seat belt reminder light red until belt is fastened or flashes when moving off if not fastened
Vauxhall Zafira gear upshift dashboard light
Vauxhall Zafira gear upshift light to recommend gear change for fuel efficiency
Vauxhall Zafira sport mode activated dashboard light
Vauxhall Zafira sport mode activated dashboard light
Vauxhall Zafira winter mode activated dashboard light
Zafira winter mode (Snowflake warning light) activated dashboard light
Vauxhall Zafira low fuel warning light
Vauxhall Zafira low fuel warning light
Vauxhall Zafira high / main beam warning light
Vauxhall Zafira high / main beam lights symbol
Vauxhall Zafira cruise control dashboard light
Cruise control illuminates green when activated
Vauxhall Zafira doors or tailgate (boot) open warning light
Zafira door or tailgate (boot) open red warning light
Vauxhall Zafira front fog lights dashboard light
Front fog lights switched on warning light
Vauxhall Zafira rear fog light warning light
Vauxhall Zafira rear fog lights switched on
Vauxhall Zafira exterior lights on dashboard light
Vauxhall Zafira exterior lighting activated
Vauxhall Zafira adaptive forward lighting dashboard warning light
Adaptive forward lighting

Adaptive forward lighting

Illuminates or flashes yellow. If illuminates, – fault in system. If symbol flashes, the system switches to symmetrical low beam.


Other vehicle makes and models of dashboard warning lights

8 thoughts on “Vauxhall Zafira Dashboard Warning Lights and meanings”

  1. Mrs Williams

    What if the car starts shaking a little and slows down . ?

  2. Mr Williams

    Jump out ! And quick

  3. Abdi

    I have Vauxhall Zafira 09 desal I bought new battery a week ago but the car can’t start when I put the ignition what is the matter?

  4. raymond totten

    my engine managment light is on , what can i do ? to put it off ?

  5. Hello Raymond,
    The Zafira engine management light is a generic symbol that can have many faults associated with it – usually something related to emissions. You need fault codes to get specifics. You can do this by using diagnostic equipment or by trying the pedal test which also displays fault codes. Search for ‘Vauxhall Zafira pedal test’.

  6. MRS SARA GALPIN

    Hi could you tell me why when I stop at traffic lights my electronic stability program warning light comes on and stays on but it does not happen all the time

  7. Is it flashing or staying on constantly for a period of time? If it’s staying on constantly, it means there’s a fault. As you’re braking at the time, it could be to do with ABS wheel speed sensors. ABS and ESC share the same sensors. A diagnostic tool / code reader should read any fault codes generated that will help direct you in the right direction.

  8. Martin Mackenzie

    my ids+ light is on all the time, its a ZAFIRA b 2005 SRI 1.9CTI how do I put it out?

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