What Are the Mercedes-Benz Dashboard Symbols and Meanings?

July 11th, 2019 by

Interior view of dashboard and wheel inside Mercedes-AMG model

The sight of an illuminated warning light can cause a lot of stress in Henderson drivers, but don’t panic just yet! Some warning lights, like the ABS or check engine light, require immediate attention, but others can be a quick fix. And still, other Mercedes-Benz dashboard symbols refer to brand-exclusive features like ATTENTION ASSIST®. To get your Mercedes-Benz dashboard warning lights explained, review Mercedes-Benz of Henderson’s guide to dashboard symbols.

Common Mercedes-Benz Dashboard Symbols and Meanings

If you’re wondering what your car symbol meanings are trying to tell you, view common auto symbols you’ll find in your Mercedes-Benz are listed below:

ABS Light

Icon: Circle with “ABS” in the center and one curved line on either side

Meaning: The Anti-Lock Brake System has been deactivated. If this is the case, the ESP®, BAS®, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, and Hill-Start Assist will deactivate as well. You’ll still be able to stop and slow down while traveling in Boulder City, but emergency braking and traction control will be unavailable.


Icon: Steaming cup on a saucer

Meaning: The ATTENTION ASSIST® system monitors your driving behaviors for signs of drowsiness. Paired with a warning tone, this alert means it may not be safe for you to drive the vehicle on the streets of Laughlin.

Brake Wear Light

Icon: Circle with a dotted line on either side

Meaning: The time has come to replace the brake pads and/or brake rotors. Schedule service immediately to avoid risking vehicle damage and safety issues.

Battery Light

Icon: Battery with a plus and minus sign

Meaning: This light means the battery isn’t charging properly. The issue could be a problem with the electrical system or a malfunctioning poly-v belt.

Check Engine Light

Icon: Engine

Meaning: The check engine light can signify a few different issues including engine problems, issues with the fuel or fuel injection systems, ignition, or exhaust. High emissions can also cause the engine to enter emergency mode.

Coolant Light

Icon: Red coolant light

Meaning: The temperature gauge may be faulty, or the coolant level could be too low.

ESC or ESP® Light

Icon: Tilting car with wavy lines behind it

Meaning: Electronic Stability Control (previously known as ESP®, Electronic Stability Program) has been deactivated. If this appears inside a yellow triangle while driving in Kingsman, it means that traction control has intervened due to wheels spinning.

Glow Plug Light

Icon: Yellow coil

Meaning: Glow plugs heat the cylinders inside a diesel engine. When this light is on, the glow plugs are in the process of heating the cylinders, such as the ones in the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van.

Light Bulb

Icon: Light bulb

Meaning: The vehicle has a failed lightbulb.

Steering Wheel Light

Icon: Steering wheel with an exclamation point next to it

Meaning: Power steering isn’t working. It will require more force to turn the wheel.

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If you need to bring your vehicle in to have your auto symbols checked, you don’t have to spend the afternoon waiting at our dealership thanks to our service pick-up and delivery. We’ll pick your vehicle up, use our advanced diagnostic equipment to decipher your car symbol meanings, make any needed repairs or corrections, and then return it to your home!

Check Your Mercedes-Benz Dashboard Warning Lights

Still have questions even with the Mercedes-Benz dashboard warning lights explained? Contact the team at the Mercedes-Benz of Henderson service center. We can discuss additional Mercedes-Benz symbols and meanings or simply look over your vehicle to provide you with a quick and accurate diagnosis!


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