The Citroën DS3 went on sale early 2010 with the DS3 Cabrio following in 2013. In 2016 the Citroën DS3 was rebranded to the DS Automobiles DS 3 and this is the current model. Essentially, this is the same car without the Citroën branding. This dashboard warning light guide is for both the Citroën DS3 and DS Automobiles DS 3 and all model variants.
Citroën / DS Automobiles Warning Light Colours
You’ll have perhaps noticed that dashboard lights display in different colours. The colour of the symbol is used (roughly) to represent if a vehicle utility is active (green and blue), if there’s maintenance required or a minor fault detected (amber or yellow), or if a serious safety issue or fault has been detected (red).
What to do When a Warning Light Comes On
If you’re unsure of the warning light meaning, particularly those that are red or flashing red is to safely pull off the road in a safe position and switch off the engine. Investigate the warning light meaning and take the appropriate action as detailed below. You can find all the Citroën DS3 and DS Automobiles DS 3 dashboard warning lights below along with advice on what you should do.
|Symbol||Description / Urgency||What to Do|
|The Citroën DS3 / DS Automobiles DS 3 diesel pre-heating warning light (also called glow plug light) comes on with the ignition switched to on. When the light goes out, the engine is ready to start. In moderate temperature areas, the light may not come on at all.|
|If the pre-heat warning light stays on or comes on when driving, this often indicates a pre-heat / glow plugs fault or a pre-heat relay fault. Diagnostic equipment and a fault code will be required to locate the specific fault. It is safe to continue to drive with this light on but have system repaired as soon as possible as damage may occur.|
|The red circle and exclamation mark / point is the Citroën DS3 / DS Automobiles DS 3 parking brake warning light or the brake fluid level has dropped significantly.|
Urgency: Medium / High
|If this light is on while driving, check to ensure the parking brake is properly released. If the parking brake is released, check the brake fluid. Low brake fluid can significantly reduce your ability to stop. If the brake fluid level has significantly reduced, there may be a leak in the system. Have vehicle checked immediately.|
|The blue engine coolant temperature warning light is an indication that the Citroën DS3 / DS Automobiles DS 3 coolant is cold and the engine is not up to optimum running temperature.|
|You can drive right away after starting the engine and with the blue coolant temperature light on - you do not have to wait for it to go out. After a few minutes of driving, the blue temperature light will go out. This indicates the engine is now running at optimum temperature. An engine that is at optimum temperature performs with best fuel economy.|
|Instances where you might want to turn off the passenger airbag is when a rear-facing child seat is installed. This indicator light informs that the passenger airbag system is activated and to not install a rear-facing child seat.|
|The Citroën DS3 / DS Automobiles DS 3 passenger airbag switch is located in the glove box / compartment. Turn the control switch to the on position to activate the front passenger's airbag.|
|This symbol on the Citroën DS3 / DS Automobiles DS 3 indicates that the passenger airbag is set to off and is deactivated. A rear-facing child seat can be fitted.||Turn the control switch to the off position to deactivate the front passenger's airbag.|
|The foot on the brake pedal warning light is for automatic transmission versions of the Citroën DS3 / DS Automobiles DS 3. This indicates you have forgotten to press the brake pedal to come out of the P position.|
|With the engine running and before releasing the parking brake you must first press the brake pedal to unlock the the automatic gear selector lever and come out of the P position.|
|This information light indicates that automatic windshield wiping has been activated.||To activate automatic wiping, push the wiper hand control downwards.|
|When the minimum level of the fuel tank is reached, this warning light comes on the dashboard instrument panel. When it first comes on there remains approximately 5 litres of fuel in the tank.||A label affixed to the inside of the fuel filler flap reminds you of the type of fuel to be used depending on your engine type.|
|The Citroën DS3 / DS Automobiles DS 3 SERVICE light does not mean an engine oil change is due. There are two instances where the service light comes on; temporarily and permanent.|
Urgency: Medium / High
|Temporary: A minor fault has occurred and does not have a specific warning light. The Citroën DS3 / DS Automobiles DS 3 warning messages are:
• Engine oil level
• Electronic engine immobiliser
• Automatic headlights sensor
• Screen wash level
• Remote control key fob battery
• saturation of the particle emission filter (Diesel)
Permanent: A major fault has occurred and does not have a specific warning light. Identify the fault by reading the message on the screen.
|The Citroën DS3 / DS Automobiles DS 3 ESP (Electronic Stability Programme) system and ASR (Anti-skid Regulation), also known as traction control helps to maintain grip between the tyres and road surface. These systems are activated automatically each time the engine is started. This dashboard light may come on fixed or flash.|
|Fixed: A fault has been detected with the system or the system has been manually deactivated. If the system has been deactivated, either manually or by fault there is a far greater risk of loss of traction between the wheels and road surface.
Flashing: The ESP system is actively in operation and is attempting to stabilise the vehicle.
|The seat belt warning light comes on in the dashboard instrument panel if the driver and/or the front passenger have not fastened their seat belt. The seat belt reminder light may illuminate if an object is placed on the passenger seat.|
|From approximately 12 mph (20 km/h) the warning light flashes for two minutes accompanied by an audible chime of increasing volume. Once these two minutes have elapsed, the seat belt warning light remains on until the driver and/or the front passenger fastens their seat belt.|
|As a self-check, the Citroën DS3 / DS Automobiles DS 3 airbbag warning light comes on temporarily when the ignition is set to on.|
|If the airbag light stays on or comes on when driving along with an audible warning, the airbags may fail to trigger during a collision. Have system checked as soon as possible. Some of the airbag system components are located under the passenger seat. Check connections are firmly in place as they occasionally become dislodged.|
|The Citroën DS3 / DS Automobiles DS 3 ESP red STOP warning light is associated with another warning light and is accompanied by an audible alarm. The STOP light is associated with the vehicle brake system or the engine coolant temperature.|
|Whilst taking road and traffic into consideration, stop when safe to do so and switch off the engine. If the engine is hot, allow to cool down and check engine coolant levels. Add coolant if required. If the coolant does not require topping up or if the STOP light remains on, do not continue to drive.|
|The Citroën DS3 / DS Automobiles DS 3 ABS (anti-lock braking system) is a safety feature that enables the driver to maintain steering ability under heavy braking or slippery road surfaces. Stopping distances are also reduced due to the wheels not locking. The ABS warning light along with an audible chime is an indication that this system has malfunctioned.|
|The vehicle still has conventional braking, but without ABS there's a risk of locking wheels. The fault is usually down to an ABS sensor Have the system repaired as soon as possible.|
|The dashboard illumination of both the brake light and the ABS light, the STOP light and an audible alarm is an indication that the Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBFD) has malfunctioned.|
|EBFD is a Citroën DS3 / DS Automobiles DS 3 braking feature that varies the brake force for each wheel. If this system has malfunctioned, the vehicle's brakes may not work as expected. Stop the vehicle when safe to do so and consult with a Citroën qualified engineer.|
|This warning light is the engine autodiagnosis system symbol. Also referred to as the check engine light or the malfunction indication light (MIL). The Citroën DS3 / DS Automobiles DS 3 engine fault light will either light up constantly or flash.|
Urgency: Medium / High
|Constant: The emissions control system has a fault. This means excessive toxic substances may be released in the exhaust and an increase in fuel usage.
Flashing: The engine management system has a fault. This may result in damage or destruction to the catalytic converter. (This is an expensive repair). Have vehicle checked as soon as possible, particularly if the engine sounds rough and feels uneven.
|The Citroën DS3 / DS Automobiles DS 3 engine overheating warning light is an indication that engine coolant has reached its maximum temperature. Continued driving may damage the vehicle engine.|
|When safe to do so, stop the vehicle and switch off the engine. Allow 15 minutes or so for the engine to cool down. Check coolant levels to ensure the level falls between the MIN. and MAX. marker on the reservoir tank. Add coolant if required and check for leaks under the vehicle.|
|The Citroën DS3 / DS Automobiles DS 3 engine oil pressure light illuminates when oil pressure is low and insufficient lubrication is occurring. A lack of lubrication can cause serious harm to engine components.|
|If this light comes on when driving, pull over when safe to do so and immediately switch off the engine. Do not attempt to restart. Call a Citroën qualified engineer for assistance.|
|The illumination of the battery warning light on the Citroën DS3 / DS Automobiles DS 3 dash is an indication that the battery charging circuit has a fault. Common reasons include:|
• Dirty or loose battery terminals
• Loose or cut alternator belt
• Faulty Alternator
• Failing battery
|If the battery light comes on while you're driving, immediately turn off any utilities that consume electricity. This should help the battery to maintain power for longer. Make your way immediately to the nearest garage.|
|This symbol indicates that the Citroën DS3 / DS Automobiles DS 3 power steering has a fault. Normal steering will remain unaffected, but due to power steering failure greater physical effort will be required to turn the wheel.|
|Have vehicle checked as soon as possible.|
|Engine Service Indicator
After the ignition is switched on, the spanner / wrench symbol illuminates for 5 seconds indicating the miles or kilometers remaining before a service is due. After 5 seconds, the spanner switches off and the total and trip distances are displayed. In this instance, there are 4200 km before the service is due.
After the ignition is switched on, the spanner / wrench symbol flashes for 5 seconds indicating that the engine service is overdue. In this instance the service is overdue by 200 km.
This system informs the driver whether the engine oil level is correct or not. The oil level will only be correct if the vehicle is parked on level ground and the engine has been off for 15 minutes or more. In this instance, the oil level is correct.
|Oil Level Low
A lack of engine oil in the system will be indicated by the OIL light flashing along with the SERVICE warning light and an audible alarm. Check oil levels as soon as possible by using the dip stick. Top up oil slowly until the level is between the MIN. and MAX. markers on the drip stick.
|Oil Level Indicator Fault
If the oil level indicator is faulty, inaccurate readings will be displayed. A faulty oil level indicator is displayed by the flashing OIL_ _. Have vehicle checked as soon as possible.