The Dacia Sandero was first released in 2007 and the second, current generation was released in 2012. The Dacia Sandero Stepway with its raised ride height and SUV appearance was released in 2008. Detailed below are the dashboard warning lights for the Dacia Sandero and Dacia Sandero Stepway.
Knowing Your Dacia Sandero Dashboard Warning Lights
The Dacia Sandero and Dacia Sandero Stepway Dashboard warning lights illuminate as symbols and in different colours. If you are unsure of what the symbol means, then take note of the colour.
As a general rule, blue and green coloured symbols are used for informational purposes – to let you know a utility has been switched on. Yellow or amber coloured symbols signal that a minor fault has occurred, something requires maintenance / servicing or that a utility that is on by default has been switched off.
Red symbols are urgent and will require immediate investigation. A red symbol may be accompanied by a chime and may also flash to alert you. A fault that triggers a red warning light can potentially cause damage to the vehicle and may also be a risk to the safety of the vehicle occupants. Some of the dashboard warning lights detailed below require that the vehicle is stopped immediately and to shut down the engine.
The various Dacia Sandero and Dacia Sandero Stepway dash lights are explained below. Each symbol meaning also has the appropriate action to take based on the manufacturers recommendations.
Name: Handbrake / Brake Fault
Description: The Dacia Sandero red exclamation mark in a circle light is the handbrake or brake circuit incident warning light.
What to Do: If this symbol lights up, first check that the handbrake is not applied. Even if the handbrake is only partially on, it still triggers the light. If the handbrake is not on, it indicates low fluid levels in the brake circuit. It may be dangerous to continue driving – check brake fluid levels immediately.
Name: Malfunction (Red)
Description: This symbol is the Dacia Sandero red electrical malfunction warning light. This lights up as the engine is started but should go out very soon after. If the light stays on or comes on when driving, it indicates a severe malfunction.
What to Do: If the red malfunction light comes on along with other warning lights and a beep, pull over as safely but as quickly as possible and switch off the engine. Do not restart the engine. Arrange for vehicle recovery.
Name: Malfunction (Orange)
Description: The Dacia Sandero orange / amber electrical malfunction warning light lights up while driving along with other warning lights on the dashboard instrument panel.
What to Do: This warning light indicates an electric or electronic fault. You can continue driving carefully, but you must go immediately to a Dacia qualified engineer.
Name: Toxic Fume / Emissions
Description: The Dacia Sandero engine light comes on when a fault has been detected with toxic emissions. This light may come on steady or flash.
What to Do: The check engine warning light may either illuminate steady or flash:
- Steady – Emissions filter related fault. Contact qualified engineer as soon as possible.
- Flashing – Immediately reduce speed until the light stops flashing. If the light continues to flash, emissions system damage may occur. Have vehicle checked.
Description: Coolant is required to circulate the engine in order to keep it cool. If this light comes on the Dacia Sandero dashboard accompanied by a beep, it indicates the engine is overheating and the coolant needs cooling down.
What to Do: Pull over when safe to do so and allow the engine to cool down at idle speed for 3 or 3 minutes. This may be a symptom that coolant levels are low or that there’s a leak in the coolant circuit. Check levels. Continued driving with the coolant light flashing may result in engine damage.
Name: Engine Oil
Description: Engine oil is required to circulate throughout the engine to keep internal components lubricated. If there isn’t enough oil, or oil pressure is low, insufficient lubrication may occur. The Dacia Sandero oil light illumining in red accompanied by a beep has two meanings:
What to Do: The oil warning light may indicate low oil level or low oil pressure:
- Low oil levels – Stop as soon as possible and switch off engine. Check engine oil level using the dispstick and add oil if required. Ensure you do not exceed the MAX. marker on the dipstick. Ensure warning light goes out after a short drive.
- Low oil pressure – If oil does not require topping up or the warning light remains on, switch off the engine and do not restart. Arrange recovery. Severe engine damage may occur.
Description: The ‘glow plugs’ preheating system is for diesel verisons of the Dacia Sandero / Dacia Sandero Stepway only. The warning lamp comes on when the ignition key is set to position M and goes out when the engine is ready to start.
What to Do: If the preheat / glow plugs light flashes when driving, it indicates a fault. A loss of power ‘limp mode’ may be noticeable. Have diagnostic scan to locate fault.
Description: For the system to be in working condition, the Dacia Sandero airbag warning light must come on with ignition and shortly go out. If the dashboard light fails to come on at all, or flashes / permanently on when driving, it indicates a fault.
What to Do: Check the passenger airbag has not been manually disabled. There is a switch inside the passenger door. Alternatively, airbag system cables are located under the driver / passenger seats and can become dislodged. Check the connections.
Name: Low charge
Description: The Dacia Sandero battery warning light should come on briefly with ignition. If it comes on when driving, it indicates the circuit is overcharging or has discharged. Likely faults are connections / wiring, alternator / generator or possibly the battery.
What to Do: The engine is likely to run for a short period of time only. To reduce further discharge, turn off any electrical utilities within the vehicle that are non-essential and make your way to a qualified engineer.
Description: If the Dacia Sandero ABS light comes while driving, the anti lock braking system will be unavailable. Other lights that are related to the ABS system can also come on at the same time – ABS and ESP for example (see below).
What to Do: Normal brakes will work as usual, but with ABS. Typical faults are ABS sensors, ABS wiring loom, reluctor ring defect. A defective battery can also trigger an ABS fault light. Diagnostic equipment is needed. If the ABS light and BRAKE light come on together, it indicates a fault with the braking system.
Description: The Dacia Sandero engine immobiliser light will flash if the vehicle fails to recognise the coded ignition key.
What to Do: Use the second key supplied with the vehicle or replace the batteries inside the coded ignition key. If the light still flashes, there may be a fault in the system that required fixing.
Description: This is the Dacia Sandero Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Traction Control System / understeer control (ASR) dash light. During critical driving conditions; avoiding an obstacle, loss of tyre traction on a bend for example, these systems begin working to help maintain stability. There are two instances where this light comes on:
What to Do: The ESP warning light may illuminate constantly or flash:
Always on – A fault has been detected with the ESP / ASR system, it is no longer operational and requires servicing.
Flashing – ESP / ASR is operational and is attempting to stabilise the vehicle.
Name: Tyre Pressure
Description: Each of the wheels (except for the spare) has a sensor in the inflation valve that periodically measures tyre pressures. The tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) detects a loss of pressure and this dashboard warning light comes on. If a sudden underinflation occurs (puncture) tyre pressure warning light along with the red illuminate, plus a beep. You will need to stop immediately to change wheels.
What to Do: If the tyre pressure light comes on, check pressures as soon as possible and ideally when tyres are cold. Tyre pressures for your vehicle can be located on the inside driver door panel. The tyre pressure warning light flashes for several seconds, then stays on along with the orange light indicating that one of the tyre pressure sensors is faulty or missing. This will also be the case when fitting the spare wheel.
Name: Diesel Filter
Description: This light comes on the Dacia Sandero dashboard at startup but shortly goes out. If it comes on when driving, it indicates water in the diesel.
What to Do: Have filter drained of water.
Name: Low Fuel
Description: The Dacia Sandero low fuel warning light comes on accompanied with a beep, it indicates that there’s approximately 30 miles (50 km) worth of fuel left after the warning light first comes on.
What to Do: Refuel as soon as possible.
Name: Stop / Start
Description: If equipped, The Dacia Sandero engine stop / start system helps to improve fuel economy and reduce exhaust emissions by stopping the engine when the vehicle is at a standstill. On occasions however, the system does not work. The amber warning light will display when conditions are not met for the stop / start system to operate.
What to Do: Find out what these specific conditions are, see Dacia Stop / Start not working.