What do the warning lights on my Porsche mean?

Another informative post from your Porsche mechanics at German Auto Solutions. We understand when a light shows up on the dash you get concerned and want it sorted as soon as possible. Some of them are very easy to fix and for this reason we have build the definitive list for Porsche warning lights. Helping you understand more about your beautiful machine.

Of course, if you are not sure or would prefer the professionals to fix it, then please call to arrange a time to book you in to review and resolve.

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To search for any specific warning enter the text in the box below and it will return all the relevant warning lights:

  • Warning
    Steering faulty
    Meaning
    Steering lock engaged. Have the fault remedied at German Auto Solutions.
  • Warning
    Ignition lock faulty
    Meaning
    Do not continue driving. Have the fault remedied at German Auto Solutions.
  • Warning
    Ignition Lock System fault
    Meaning
    Have the fault remedied at German Auto Solutions.
  • Warning
    Key not recognised in vehicle
    Meaning
    Make sure that you have the remote control with you.
  • Warning
    Steering Lock
    Meaning
    To lock the steering, turn the ignition key to the left and hold for 2 seconds.
  • Warning
    Replace Battery
    Meaning
    Key not recognised. Replace the remote-control battery.
  • Warning
    Move steering wheel
    Meaning
    Turn the steering wheel so that the steering wheel lock can engage/disengage.
  • Warning
    Key not found
    Meaning
    Make sure that you have the remote control with you.
  • Warning
    Move selector lever to position P
    Meaning
    Tiptronic S: The vehicle could roll away. The ignition key can be withdrawn only in Tiptronic selector lever position P.
  • Warning
    Press brake pedal
    Meaning
    Apply the brake when starting.
  • Warning
    Move selector lever to position P or N
    Meaning
    Tiptronic S: The vehicle can be started only in position P or N.
  • Warning
    Depress clutch
    Meaning
    Manual transmission: Depress clutch pedal when starting.
  • Warning
    Immobiliser active
    Meaning
    Have the fault remedied at German Auto Solutions.
  • Warning
    Check left static cornering light
    Meaning
    Check bulb.
  • Warning
    Check right static cornering light
    Meaning
    Check bulb.
  • Warning
    Check dynamic cornering light
    Meaning
    Have the fault remedied at German Auto Solutions. If the warning message appears, the high beam indicator light on the speedometer flashes additionally.
  • Warning
    Check dipped beam
    Meaning
    Check bulb.
  • Warning
    Check trailer lights
    Meaning
    Check bulb.
  • Warning
    Check direction indicators
    Meaning
    Check bulb.
  • Warning
    Check high beam
    Meaning
    Check bulb.
  • Warning
    Check licence plate light
    Meaning

    Check bulb.

  • Warning
    Check fog lights
    Meaning

    Check bulb.

  • Warning
    Check reversing lights
    Meaning

    Check bulb.

  • Warning
    Check front side lights
    Meaning

    Check bulb.

  • Warning
    Check headlight beam adjustment
    Meaning
    Have the fault remedied at German Auto Solutions
  • Warning
    Daytime driving lights off
    Meaning
    Daytime driving lights switch off when the ignition is switched-off. Switch on lights by light switch if necessary
  • Warning
    System fault headlamp
    Meaning
    Have the fault remedied at German Auto Solutions.
  • Warning
    Check passenger seat setting
    Meaning
    Weight sensing is impaired on the passenger’s seat (Advanced Airbag). Correct the seating position, set the backrest upright, do not support weight on the armrests, or lift on the handles.
  • Warning
    Airbag Fault
    Meaning
    Airbag faulty. Have the fault remedied at German Auto Solutions
  • Warning
    Seat belt
    Meaning
    Fasten seat belt.
  • Warning
    Caution flat tyre
    Meaning
    Check tyre pressure and adjust if necessary
  • Warning
    Tyre pressure too low Add air
    Meaning
    Tire Pressure Monitoring detects a pressure loss of at least 4 psi (0.3 bar). Correct tire pressure at the next opportunity.
  • Warning
    System not active
    Meaning
    Tire Pressure Monitoring faulty. Have the fault remedied at German Auto Solutions. Select new set of wheels in the tire pressure menu after changing the wheels.
  • Warning
    System not active Brief disturbance
    Meaning
    External interference (e.g. wireless headphones) or excessive temperature (over 248 °F/120 °C) at the wheel transmitters. Tire Pressure Monitoring will reactivate itself.
  • Warning
    System not active Too many wheel transmitters
    Meaning
    Tire Pressure Monitoring detects more than 4 wheel transmitters (e.g. winter wheels in the luggage compartment). Tire Pressure Monitoring will reactivate itself after the additional wheel transmitters have been removed.
  • Warning
    No monitoring System learning
    Meaning
    After the tire type and size are selected in the tire pressure menu, Tire Pressure Monitoring re-learns the tyre pressure.
  • Warning
    Wheel change? Make new selection
    Meaning
    The tire type and size of the changed tires have not been updated for Tire Pressure Monitoring. The display changes when the vehicle is stationary: Select corresponding tire type and tire size.
  • Warning
    When vehicle stops: Hit selection
    Meaning
    The message appears after driving off if the warning “Flat tyre” has been cleared but the selection on the display SELECTION AFTER WARNING has not been made properly. Make selection on the multi-purpose display when the vehicle is stationary.
  • Warning
    Engine temperature too high
    Meaning
    Coolant or engine oil temperature is too high. Switch engine off and let it cool. Check coolant or engine oil level. Add coolant or engine oil if necessary.
  • Warning
    Check coolant level
    Meaning
    Switch engine off and let it cool. Check coolant level. Add coolant if necessary.
  • Warning
    Warning battery/generator
    Meaning
    Stop in a suitable place and switch engine off. Do not continue driving. Have the fault remedied at German Auto Solutions.
  • Warning
    Start engine
    Meaning
    The battery discharges if the engine is not running and loads are switched on. Please start the engine and switch all consumers off.
  • Warning
    Electric load Switch-off
    Meaning
    Vehicle electrical system is overloaded. Certain loads (e.g. heated rear window, seat heating) will be switched off.
  • Warning
    Meaning
    Stop immediately at a suitable and secure place and check tank cap for proper fastening. If tank cap was fastened correctly, consult German Auto Solutions.
  • Warning
    Please refuel
    Meaning
    Please refuel immediately as you are now on reserves
  • Warning
    Add washer fluid
    Meaning
    Add washer fluid
  • Warning
    Oil level monitoring Failure
    Meaning
    Have the fault remedied at German Auto Solutions.
  • Warning
    Check oil level
    Meaning
    Check the oil level using the oil dipstick as soon as possible and add engine oil if necessary.
  • Warning
    Oil pressure too low
    Meaning
    Immediately stop in a suitable place and switch engine off. Do not continue driving. Check engine oil level. Add oil if necessary. Do not continue driving if the warning light comes on even when the oil level is correct. Have the fault remedied at German Auto Solutions.
  • Warning
    Oil pressure monitoring Failure
    Meaning
    Have the fault remedied at German Auto Solutions.
  • Warning
    Service in 1864 mls (3000 km)
    Meaning
    Service indicator – Bring the vehicle in for service no later than after the distance shown has been covered. Please see the additional information in the “Maintenance” booklet
  • Warning
    Service now
    Meaning
    Service indicator – Have your vehicle serviced at German Auto Solutions.
  • Warning
    Brake pads
    Meaning
    Have the brake pads replaced at an authorized Porsche dealer.
  • Warning
    Warning Brake proportioning
    Meaning
    Stop immediately in a suitable place. Do not continue driving. Have the fault remedied at German Auto Solutions.
  • Warning
    ABS failure
    Meaning
    Drive carefully. Have the fault remedied at German Auto Solutions.
  • Warning
    PSM failure
    Meaning
    Drive carefully. Have the fault remedied at German Auto Solutions.
  • Warning
    Warning Warning Brake fluid level
    Meaning
    Stop immediately in a suitable place. Do not continue driving. Have the fault remedied at German Auto Solutions.
  • Warning
    Parking brake
    Meaning
    Parking brake not released
  • Warning
    PSM on
    Meaning
    Porsche Stability Management was switched on.
  • Warning
    PSM off
    Meaning
    Porsche Stability Management was switched off.
  • Warning
    PHC unavailable
    Meaning
    The Porsche Drive-off Assistant (manual transmission) is not available.
  • Warning
    Brake booster faulty
    Meaning
    Greater brake pedal force necessary. Drive carefully to German Auto Solutions.
  • Warning
    Chassis sport
    Meaning
    Current setting of Porsche Active Suspension Management
  • Warning
    Chassis normal
    Meaning
    Current setting of Porsche Active Suspension Management
  • Warning
    Chassis comfort
    Meaning
    Current setting of Porsche Active Suspension Management
  • Warning
    Chassis system faulty
    Meaning
    Handling may be affected. Adapt your speed to the changed conditions. Have the fault remedied at German Auto Solutions.
  • Warning
    Warning chassis system
    Meaning
    The side tilt of the vehicle is significantly greater when cornering. Drive carefully at an appropriate speed to German Auto Solutions.
  • Warning
    Warning suspension fault
    Meaning
    Stop at a suitable place. Do not continue driving. Have the fault remedied at German Auto Solutions.
  • Warning
    Chassis system faulty
    Meaning
    Drive carefully to the nearest authorized Porsche dealer.
  • Warning
    Suspension level controlled
    Meaning
    Level control has been switched off (to jack up the vehicle).
  • Warning
    Not permissible
    Meaning
    The prerequisites for setting the desired level have not been met.
  • Warning
    Pressure accumulator charging
    Meaning
    Level control temporarily unavailable.
  • Warning
    Four-wheel drive system faulty
    Meaning
    Have the fault remedied at German Auto Solutions.
  • Warning
    Shift not possible; Speed too high
    Meaning
    Tiptronic S: When changing between Low Range and High Range, the limit speed (Low Range program) must not be exceeded.
  • Warning
    Shift only possible in neutral
    Meaning
    Manual transmission: The vehicle must be stationary, the brakes must be applied and the gearshift lever must be in the neutral position when changing between Low Range and High Range.
  • Warning
    Warning parking lock! Apply parking brake!
    Meaning
    Do not continue driving. Apply the parking brake. Have the fault remedied at German Auto Solutions.
  • Warning
    Failure sport mode
    Meaning
    Have the fault remedied at German Auto Solutions.
  • Warning
    Sport mode only usable without reduction
    Meaning
    Sport mode cannot be selected when the off-road driving program (Low Range) is engaged.
  • Warning
    Limit exceeded.
    Meaning
    The set speed limit has been exceeded.
  • Warning
    Meaning
    Spare wheel is not locked. Danger of injury and damage. Before driving off always lock the spare wheel correctly.
  • Warning
    Driver’s door open
    Meaning
    All unlocked doors and lids are displayed when the vehicle exceeds 2 mph (3 km/h).
  • Warning
    Passenger’s door open
    Meaning
    All unlocked doors and lids are displayed when the vehicle exceeds 2 mph (3 km/h).
  • Warning
    Rear left door open
    Meaning
    All unlocked doors and lids are displayed when the vehicle exceeds 2 mph (3 km/h).
  • Warning
    Rear right door open
    Meaning
    All unlocked doors and lids are displayed when the vehicle exceeds 2 mph (3 km/h).
  • Warning
    Bonnet open
    Meaning
    All unlocked doors and lids are displayed when the vehicle exceeds 2 mph (3 km/h).
  • Warning
    Rear lid open
    Meaning
    All unlocked doors and lids are displayed when the vehicle exceeds 2 mph (3 km/h).
  • Warning
    Rear window open
    Meaning
    All unlocked doors and lids are displayed when the vehicle exceeds 2 mph (3 km/h).
  • Warning
    System fault
    Meaning
    Several systems may have failed. Have the fault remedied at German Auto Solutions.