What's That on the Dash? It's a Subaru Engine Warning Light--And Here's What They Mean

If the check engine light is on in your Impreza, Forester, or Outback--or any other warning or indicator light--it's important to know not only what the indicator means, but what you need to do about it.

And while you can find warning light information and explanation in your Subaru driver's manual, we know that it can sometimes still be difficult to decipher what's going on with the little lights all over the instrument panel in front of you. And that's why the team at Crews Subaru of Charleston has created this easy, informational resource for our drivers in North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Hanahan, West Ashley, Summerville, and beyond.

If your engine warning light has been on for an extended amount of time, or if you're concerned about any noises, smells, or vibrations--don't wait! Contact the service center now.

The most common indicator lights that you'll see are the Coolant Temperature Low/High Indicator Light, which will glow either blue or red to signify temperature, the Door Open and Passenger's Seatbelt Warning lights, which indicate that you are not ready to start driving, and the ABS Warning Light, which will flicker on and then turn off occasionally on rough roads.

To learn more about your Subaru warning lights, and what to do when the Check Engine light comes on, explore the examples below. Click on any of the icons below to read details, notes, cautions, and advice to follow.

And remember, these lights are an indicator that something is wrong--not an indicator that it's time for your Subaru's regular service. If you're not sure when your next oil change, tire rotation, or brake check is due, please contact our North Charleston service center, or give us a call at (888) 815-7341 to chat with an expert.

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What does this little light mean?

Notice a strange or unfamiliar light appearing on the instrument panel of your Subaru? It could be a normal indicator light or it could mean a potential issue with your vehicle.

Find the specific light you’re looking for within the icons provided below. Then, learn what the indicator or warning light means and how we can help diagnose the cause. Remember, don’t wait for a light to come on that signals a simple service. Stick to your vehicle’s Warranty & Maintenance Booklet, or ask us when service is due.

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Crews Subaru of Charleston

8261 Rivers Ave
Directions North Charleston, SC 29406

  • Service: (843) 508-6918
  1. Crews Subaru of Charleston

    8261 Rivers Ave
    North Charleston, SC 29406

    • Sales: (843) 428-2339
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