Nissan Qashqai Dashboard Symbols and Meanings

Normally, while driving a vehicle, when a sign shows up on a dashboard, 55 percent of car drivers do not know the meaning of symbols except for everyday routine symbols such as indicators, handbrake, and steering wheel, they do not know the other symbols that often show up at the moment of problem or attention required. Therefore here are the Nissan Qashqai dashboard symbols and meanings not restricted to just Qashqai but to several other Nissan and other popular brands, if you want to know other symbols and meanings that are not in this list, then here is a complete Nissan dashboard symbols and meaning list.            

What do the Yellow, Green, and Red Colors on the dashboard mean?

Nissan Qashqai Triangle Warning Light

Nissan Qashqai Green Light

Typically, green (sometimes blue) dashboard lights mean  that a device is on or is running, and a visual cue is provided by the display.

Nissan Qashqai Yellow/Orange Warning Light

Yellow (sometimes orange) dashboard lights usually mean something needs to be repaired or serviced soon and to operate with caution. 

Nissan Qashqai Red Warning Light

A red dashboard light may also indicate an important reminder that needs immediate attention.

List of Nissan Qashqai Dashboard Symbols and Meanings


Nissan Qashqai warning light for engine failure. If the control engine light is permanently lit, it means that the engine has a malfunction and must be checked out. You can diagnose the issues with the Nissan Qashqai engine by picking up a code reader that is compatible with Nissan Qashqai.


Nissan Qashqai ABS alarm light-illuminates when inside the ABS system there is a problem. More often than not, it is possible to clean the ABS sensor due to a defective ABS sensor that may often be full of dirt from the lane, but the odds are that the cleaning will not last long and will need to be replaced shortly after that.


Nissan Qashqai brake warning light – Indicates a fault within the braking system. Sometimes it could be something small like the handbrake being engaged, or it could mean that the brake fluid needs to be topped up, or an ABS sensor needs to be replaced, generally coupled with the ABS warning light.


Nissan Qashqai airbag warning light – if this airbag warning symbol illuminates during normal operating conditions it indicates a problem within the airbag module. It does not mean that an airbag needs to be replaced, it could be a loose connection that has caused the error.


Power Steering Warning Light Symbol, If it is an electronic system, there is a chance it can be “reset”. Pull over as soon as possible and shut down the engine and restart it. If the light does not go out you will need to take the vehicle to your dealer or authorized repair facility. When the Power Steering System fails, the steering could go heavy, meaning more effort will be needed to make the car change direction.

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Battery Charge Warning Light Symbols. You should see your battery charge warning light when you first turn your car on, but if it doesn’t go out a few seconds after the engine starts, there could be a problem with your car’s electrical system. This could be to do with a faulty alternator, faulty battery, a bad connection, or damaged cabling somewhere in the engine bay.


Temperature Warning Light Symbol, indicates that the engine temperature is too high. You should stop the vehicle and turn off the engine as quickly as possible. It could mean coolant levels are running low, so check the gauge on the side of the coolant tank under the bonnet and top up if necessary.


Nissan Qashqai AWD AUTO warning light – if this warning symbol is illuminated it indicates a problem with the ALL WHEEL DRIVE system and you should have it checked out.


Nissan Qashqai Sport dash light – indicates the sport function is activated.


Nissan Qashqai oil warning light – if illuminates when driving it means that the oil level is at the absolute minimum and needs to be topped up as soon as possible. If the oil symbol illuminates within 20 seconds of starting the engine it indicates that the oil level sensor is faulty and needs to be replaced.


Diesel versions of the Qashqai only, the diesel particulate filter light can illuminate due to frequent short journeys or stop/start driving that can result in excessive buildup of carbon in the particulate filter. When this happens the DPF warning light will illuminate on the dashboard along with a message in the vehicle information display. When symbol illuminates, the vehicle must be driven a certain way to begin regeneration. Car should be driven at a speed of over 60 km/h (37.5 mph) until the DPF warning light turns off. This process can take up to 30 minutes to complete. If regeneration is not completed, the malfunction symbol will illuminate (see below) where a service regeneration will be required by Nissan. Engine output speed may be reduced to protect the DPF system until service.

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The Nissan Anti-Theft System (NATS) light blinks or flashes when the ignition is turned to the LOCK OFF or Acc position. This will indicate that your Nissan Qashqai is fitted with NATS and is operational. If the NATS system is malfunctioning, the dashboard symbol will stay on when the ignition is in the ON position.


The triangle with an exclamation mark is the Nissan Qashqai master warning light. This symbol illuminates when any warning message is displayed in the message center.


The Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) light should come on for a short period when the ignition is switched to ON. If the symbol illuminates whilst driving, it may indicate a problem with the Continuous Variable Transmission. System will need to be checked by a Nissan workshop.


The car slipping/skidding symbol may on occasions flash/blink. This is to inform the driver that Electronic Stability Control Programmed (ESP) is working. This is also a signal that the vehicle is approaching its traction limits due to road conditions/weather conditions or due to excessive speed.

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