If you own a Volkswagen commercial vehicle, it is imperative that you keep up with the maintenance of it. One of the biggest mistakes that vehicle owners make is only seeking professional servicing once their vehicle gives off some signs of distress. However, you can save yourself a lot of money in the long run by investing in regular servicing, as they will ensure that any issues with your commercial vehicle are picked up on before they turn into more expensive and troublesome ones.
Of course, your vehicle is also going to alert you if there is anything worrying going on. The vehicle dashboard will flash when there is an issue. Needless to say, though, some problems are worse than others! Some lights will require you to pull over and seek help urgently. There are then those that can be nursed until you are able to drive to your local VWCV Garage. With that in mind, it is important to make sure that you understand the warning lights on your commercial vehicle. Below, we will explain the different Volkswagen commercial warning lights and their meaning so you know the appropriate action to take if the lights start to flash on your dashboard.
The good news is that Volkswagen has made it as easy as possible for you to determine the nature of the issue by using a traffic light system.
Red - If a red light flashes on your dashboard, this means that there is potentially a very serious problem with your vehicle. You should pull over as soon as it is safe for you to do so.
Amber - If an amber light flashes on the dashboard of your Volkswagen, it indicates that there is a problem that requires professional attention. While it is not as severe as a red light, you should not delay in getting your vehicle assessed by someone with the required experience and training.
Green - Green warning lights do not require action. Instead, they are for information purposes only.
Do you have a VW Warning Light that has illuminated and want to get it checked?
Make sure you familiarise yourself with the most important warning lights on your Volkswagen Van. If you are curious about what all of the amber, yellow, blue, or green lights can mean, be sure to check out our warning light guide. Alternately check your VWCV owner’s manual for a full breakdown of the Volkswagen warning symbols and their meanings.
VW brake system warning light
If the brake system light is flashing once you have fully released the parking brake. If it starts to flash while you are driving, this could either indicate that your Automatic Braking system is not working correctly or that the brake fluid level is low. When this light starts to flash, do not risk driving. Brakes are one of the most critical safety features for your vehicle, so it is crucial to act straight away when you see this red warning light.
VW engine cooling system warning light
This is another red warning light on Volkswagen commercial vehicles. If your coolant levels are running low and your engine is overheating, this light is going to come on. There are a number of reasons why this may happen. It could be that your system has a leak in it. However, it could be an indication of a much bigger issue, for example, a head gasket failure. You should make sure you stop your vehicle straight away. If you do not have enough coolant, your engine could end up getting so hot that it basically ends up welding itself together, and when this happens the damage will not be repairable.
VW engine oil pressure warning light
The engine oil pressure warning light is an amber light. This will come on when the oil pressure or level is too low, or when the oil temperature gets too high. If the engine is not being lubricated by the oil successfully, this can lead to very costly or even irreparable engine damage. Therefore, it is vital to act with speed! When this light comes on, stop as soon as you are able to and switch the engine off. You should check the oil levels in your car and top them up if needed. If the oil levels are sufficient, it could be that you have a fault with the oil pump. If this is the case, you will need to use a recovery service, as you could cause some serious damage to your engine if you continue to drive your vehicle.
VW anti-lock braking system (ABS) warning light
Next, we have the VW anti-lock braking system (ABS) warning light. The ABS is a vital safety feature that is imperative if you find yourself needing to make an abrupt stop or if you are driving in conditions that are challenging, like flooding and ice. In terms of whether you need to stop immediately, it really depends on whether this light comes on by itself or another light comes on with it. If the brake warning light also comes on, it could be an indication that your brake system is failing, which means you need to stop immediately. However, if it comes on by itself, you should still have unassisted, normal braking, meaning you can continue your journey safety. Yet, you need to take extra care and keep your distance.
VW brake pad monitoring warning light
If this light has started to flash on the dashboard of your Volkswagen commercial vehicle, it means that the sensor has determined that your brake pads are too thin. This light should start to flash prior to the brake pads reaching the point that they are dangerously thin, so it means you are able to change the brake pads, but it is imperative that you do this straight away. It can be highly, highly dangerous if your brake pads wear out completely, so make sure you get this appointment booked in as soon as possible.
VW Towing warning light
If the towing hitch system light comes on in your Volkswagen while you are driving, this is a sign that it has not engaged correctly after it has been extended or retracted
Try to extend or retract it again. If the light goes out, continue on your journey, however if it is still illuminated, do not reconnect the trailer and contact an authorised repairer to come and look at the tow bar.
So there you have it: an insight into the warning lights that may flash on your Volkswagen commercial vehicle. If you have any queries about this, please do not hesitate to get in touch. And, don’t forget, one of the best ways to keep the problems at bay and your overall costs down is to ensure your commercial vehicles are maintained on a regular basis. This is something that we can assist with. Get your servicing booked in today.
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