Land Rover Warning Lights

Take a look at our guide to Land Rover warning lights to help you take better care of your vehicle.

A Land Rover is a reliable, quality car. But all vehicles can develop a fault or need inspection or repairs from time to time.

Modern Land Rovers feature multiple monitoring tools to monitor performance and indicate a potential problem as needed. Featuring a selection of dashboard warning lights to alert you to issues, you can drive with confidence.

It’s important to get to know your Land Rover’s warning lights to make sure you know what to do if there’s a problem, and when to book a service.


Different types of Land Rover warning lights

Land Rover warning lights can be broken down into three types of lights - red, amber and green.

  • Red lights signal a serious issue, and you should stop driving as soon as you can to investigate.
  • Amber lights signal that some form of action is needed, such as an oil top up.
  • Green lights are just advisory. No action is needed for green lights.


Do you have a Warning Light that has illuminated and want to get it checked?

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Land Rover red warning lights

Battery

Your 12v battery charge light should come on briefly after you turn on the ignition to indicate that the bulb is working. Once you start the engine, this will go off. If the light stays on or comes on suddenly while you’re driving, this could indicate a battery fault. Stop your vehicle when it’s safe to do so and seek assistance.


Seat belt

The seat belt light will come on if the car is moving and a passenger’s seat belt is unbuckled. Once the seat belt is buckled, the light will stop. 

A heavy item, such as a bag or shopping can also trigger the seat belt indicator. You’ll need to consider buckling the seat belt or storing the items elsewhere. 


Handbrake and braking system

The brake warning light will come on when you turn on the ignition to indicate it’s working. Once you start driving, it should go off. If it comes on when driving, there could be a fault with the braking system, or the brake fluid level is low. Stop the car as soon as you can and check the fluid level, topping up if needed. If the fluid level is normal and the light stays on, book your vehicle in for a service.

Triangle critical warning

When the red triangle warning light comes on, it’s a sign of a critical warning. Check the instrument panel for more information.

Exhaust DEF

The Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) light will come on if the DEF level becomes very low. There will be an accompanying on-screen message for you to follow. Your vehicle won’t run when the DEF is empty to protect the engine.

The DEF light could also come on if the wrong fluid has been added to the system. You should stop the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so and either contact roadside assistance or your Land Rover dealer.

Engine temperature

Your engine temperature light will come on if the engine’s temperature is too high. It’s important that you stop the vehicle as soon as safely possible and either contact roadside assistance or your Land Rover dealer.


Exhaust filter

Your exhaust filter light will come on when the exhaust filter has a fault or there it’s full. This could be accompanied by a warning sound and a message on the instrument panel. Stop the vehicle as soon as safely possible and either contact roadside assistance or your Land Rover dealer.

Lane departure warning

If you have your lane departure feature active, you should use your vehicle’s indicators when crossing a lane marking. If you don’t do this, the lane departure warning light will come on, and you’ll feel a vibration in the steering wheel.

Low oil pressure

If your low oil pressure light comes on or starts to flash, you should stop your vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so and turn off the engine. Check your oil levels and top up if needed. If the light is still on when you turn on the engine, turn the engine off and contact roadside assistance or your Land Rover dealer.




Land Rover amber warning lights​

Hill Descent Control

If you have the Hill Descent Control (HDC) system activated, the HDC light will come on during a deep descent. If the light is flashing, it’s because the HDC is fading out or the operating conditions aren’t being met.

Airbag

The airbag warning light comes on when you switch on the ignition as a bulb check, and goes off shortly after. If it stays on or comes on while driving, it could be the sign of an airbag system fault. The airbag warning lamp illuminates, as a bulb check, when the vehicle's ignition is switched on. The lamp extinguishes after 6 seconds. If the lamp illuminates again, there is a fault with the airbag system. Contact your Land Rover dealer as soon as possible.

ABS

The ABS (Auto Braking System) light will come on when you switch on the ignition as a bulb check, before switching off. If it stays on or it comes on while you’re driving, then there could be a system fault. Drive carefully, avoid heavy braking and be sure to contact roadside assistance or book your vehicle in for a service. 

Glow plugs (only for diesel Land Rovers)

The glow plug light will come on when the ignition is switched on to signal that the glow plugs are actively helping to start the engine


Brake

The brake warning light will come on briefly when you switch on the ignition as a bulb check. If it stays on after you’ve started the engine or while driving, there could be an issue with your brake pads or your braking system.

Drive carefully and book in a service to get the issue looked at.

Check engine

The check engine will come on briefly when you switch on the ignition as a bulb check. If it stays on once you’ve started the engine or while driving, then there could be an emissions fault. It is still safe to drive, but you should reduce your speed when you can and book your car in for a service as soon as possible.

You might experience reduced performance from your Land Rover, which will be in limp-home mode to protect the vehicle from further damage.

DEF

The Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) amber warning light signals the DEF is beginning to run low. It could also be an indication that the wrong fluid has been used, or a system fault. There will also be a warning message on the instrument panel. Follow the instructions when it is safe to do so.

Low fuel warning

The low fuel warning light will come on when the fuel level is low, and you should add fuel as soon as you can.

Dynamic Stability Control

The Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) light will flash briefly to show the system is actively working, helping to prevent wheelspin, system is actively working. If the light stays on, there could be a fault with the system and a warning message on the instrument panel. It is still safe to drive the vehicle, but the DSC won’t work. Make sure you book your car in for a service as soon as possible to inspect this fault. 

Dynamic Stability Control Off

The Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) Off light will come on when the system is turned off. There will also be a chime and the instrument panel will display a message confirming the action.

Exhaust filter

The exhaust filter warning light will come on when the filter fails to regenerate or is starting to fill up. There will also be a warning message on the display panel. Follow the instructions on the panel or seek assistance. 

Rear fog lights

The rear fog lights indicator light will come on and stay on when the rear fog lights have been switched on.

External temperature

When the external temperature light comes on, it’s an indication that the outside temperature is low enough to form ice. You should take extra caution when driving in these conditions.

Follow mode

The follow mode light will come on when follow mode is activated in the adaptive cruise control system.

Amber triangle general message

When the general amber warning triangle is lit, it means that the instrument panel is displaying a non-critical warning or information message.


Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (Amber)

The Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) light will come on to signal that either one or more of the vehicle’s tyres are under-inflated. It could also be the sign of a fault if it continues to flash. There will also be an accompanying message on the instrument panel. When it’s safe, stop your vehicle and check your tyre pressure, and inflate if needed.



Land Rover green warning lights​

Auto High Beam Assist 

When the Auto High Beam Assist (AHBA) light comes on, it signals that the AHBA feature is on. The AHBA system will automatically dip lights to stop you dazzling other drivers. ​

Cruise control

The cruise control light will come on when either the cruise control or adaptive cruise control has been activated. 

Auto stop/start

The auto stop/start light will come on when the engine shuts down when the system is activated. This can help save fuel when you’re stuck in traffic.

Exhaust filter

After the filter has regenerated successfully, the light will briefly light up green.

Direction indicators

When your left or right indicators are in use, the corresponding direction indicator lamp will flash. If one of the bulbs has a fault, the warnings will flash at twice the usual rate.

Forward alert

The forward alert light will come on when the system is activated. A warning sound will be emitted if another vehicle or object is detected in the area.

Lane departure warning

When the lane departure system is active, the green light will come on to show that lanes are being tracked. If you decide to change lanes without indicating or move into another lane unintentionally, the light will turn red and the steering wheel will vibrate.



Book a service for your Land Rover with Swansway Garages

Getting to know your Land Rover’s warning lights will ensure you’re familiar with serious vehicle issues, and what’s normal for your vehicle. If a dashboard warning light shows something that indicates a fault or a serious issue, make sure you contact us for a service.

Book a service with Swansway to make sure your Land Rover works as it should to keep you safe on the road.