VW Light Bulb Shaped Dashboard Warning Lights Explained

By Product Expert | Posted in Service, Stories of Interest on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 at 9:50 pm
What Is the Vw Light Bulb Warning Light

What Is the Volkswagen Light Bulb Warning Light?

Dashboard warning lights can be confusing, but sometimes, they’re pretty obvious. Take the light bulb-shaped warning lights on your Volkswagen, for example. As you’d expect, the warning lights simply indicate that a light bulb is out somewhere on your vehicle. The problem is, there’s more than one that looks like a light bulb, so you’ll need to know what the Volkswagen light bulb warning lights mean in order to identify your exact problem.

In all, your Volkswagen should have three different dashboard warning lights that have symbols in the shape of light bulbs. Each one correlates to certain bulbs on your vehicle, so rather than searching around your vehicle looking for any possible burned out light bulb, simply decode the symbols down below.

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Brake Light Bulb Failure

One or more brake lights could be burned out.

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Bulb Failure

Solid: There is a light bulb failure.

Flashing: There is an issue with the headlamp leveling or AFS.

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License Plate Bulb Failure

One of the lights around your license plate may be out.

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How to Replace a Light Bulb On Your Volkswagen?

Figuring out how to replace a light bulb on your Volkswagen will depend on where the burned out bulb is located. You can certainly try to do it yourself, but the best thing you can do is schedule a service appointment with a professional team like the one here at Neftin Volkswagen.

If you do decide to do it yourself, keep in mind that you can easily order parts through our website, and we can even help you with the installation if you need it. If you have any questions about what part might be needed, you can contact us for assistance.

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Don’t forget to check back to the Neftin Volkswagen blog for more tips about your Volkswagen. Now that you know what the Volkswagen light bulb warning lights are, be sure to head down to the comments section to let us know about other VW dashboard warning lights you’d like to have explained.

24 Responses to “VW Light Bulb Shaped Dashboard Warning Lights Explained”

  1. Ann says:

    Light bulb with a explanation point in the center

    • TJ (Technician at Firestone) says:

      That dash light with exclamation point in the center is your TPMS light or your Tire Pressure Monitoring System light. To fix this problem open your door and somewhere on the inside of it. It should tell you what Psi to fill your tires up with. Try not to exceed it too much or deflate to much as it could cause tire problems such as balding on just the inside or outside of your tires. Once you drive on it the light should go off unless there is a nail in it

  2. Leonie says:

    Hi I have the same problem with the light coming on, but I have Nitrogen in my tyres? what dsifference does this make?

  3. Moses says:

    Exterior light fault appears at dashboard and all lights are OK what’s the problem

  4. Connie says:

    My dash warning light is on, the front right indicator doesn’t work and my indicator is flashing rapidly. I changed the bulb but still have the same problem. What else could it be?

  5. Victor says:

    I have a 2015 VW Passat
    The blown bulb light is on.
    The instrument panel says front left marker light out when i start the vehicle.
    The bulbs are all working and the error msg is still there?
    Anyone experiencing this or know of the fix?

    Thank you.

  6. John says:

    Hi ! I have a same problem ! Did u manage to fix . All my lights are working but….

  7. Brad says:

    I’m having the same issue as well all lights work yet the light won’t go away

  8. Jordan says:

    Same problem with MY 2015 Passat SE 🙄 replaceced both rear signal light and error is telling me to check my right rear bulb over and over again.. They all work perfectly but the info keeps popping up every 5 to 8 seconds.. How do I fix?

  9. Hendrik says:

    The warning light came on and I found the right front park light was faulty. I replaced the bulb but the warning light stays on. I checked all light, all working but the warning light stays on.

  10. Starla Powell says:

    What could it be if the light bulb with ! in m8ddle is on on dash & i have 10 different check light warning s in my menu & alot of different lights all over my car won’t work. They all stopped at one time, all outside lights?

  11. That’s amazing…
    Dash Light suggests that you should act quickly because it always indicate the problem when it is serious, such as an overheating engine, low engine oil pressure or a braking system problem….
    Thanks for sharing amazing post with us….

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  13. KW says:

    This problem may be if you have replaced bulbs with cheap ones from some form of cheap auto part supplier. The Lighting sensors require good quality bulbs in the system as they read the resistance within the lighting system. Not all bulbs are equal and these cheap ones can have all sorts of resistance. I had the same issue with my BMW and low quality bulbs were the problem.

  14. Stanley Nakeng says:

    I have the same problem I’ve replaced the bulbs with quality bulbs from vw but the warning light it’s still on and I don’t know what to do please can any one help

  15. Alex Pawliuk says:

    I have a 2017 wolfsburg jetta I recently installed left headlights and the light came on

    No burnt out bulbs but my passenger side led marker light on the headlight flickers every once in a while the light is oem led the headlights dont flicks

  16. Mike fairey says:

    I have a 2009 vw rabbit and my taillights wont work breaklights wont work but my flashers do work and break light in the back window works. Also headlights only on highbeam and no fogs. Any one with advice pls email mikefairey66@gmail.com. 2mechanics have had car over 2weeks each and both gave up. My car rendered un driveable until fixed. Pls help

  17. Texas gal says:

    Once you change the light bulb,how do you remove the warning light from dash board?
    I know how to remove the tirepresure warning light.
    However that’s not the same steps for the brake light bulb replacement.

  18. Alex says:

    I replaced rear turning light bulb with LED one and get intermittent warning light on the dash all the time. Any idea why? The light is working fine.

  19. Vadim says:

    Bulb Failure signal came in dashboard when I switch lights. All bulbs and fuses work well. Is anybody know what the reason?

  20. Produksi Tas says:

    Bulb warning is important, so it must be checked

  21. Goodie Bag says:

    Maybe we need something just like this to remind us about bulb

  22. Sam says:

    Hi, I have a 2011 golf tsi. The cargo light had an issue so I removed it to replace it but now the light system has gone bananas! My right side head bean, reverse light and fog lamp doesnt work and I errors for them all. Can’t figure out what’s wrong! I removed battery to see if the computer rests, I guess not, cause it didn’t do anythong.

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