Nissan Note Dashboard Warning Lights

Nissan Note Dashboard Warning Lights

Japanese manufacturer Nissan, first produced the Nissan Note first generation in 2004 and with a second and current generation following in 2012. This dashboard warning light guide explains all the symbols for both generations (Mk 1 and Mk 2) and all model variations of the Nissan Note. Dashboard instrument displays vary depending on year of vehicle manufacture and model version.

SymbolFault Description / Action
Nissan Note ABS Warning Light
ABS Warning Light
ABS, or Anti-lock Braking System is an add on safety feature to conventional vehicle brakes that helps to prevent wheels from locking during an emergency stop. The affect of this is to allow the driver to steer. The Nissan Note ABS warning light comes on with ignition but should go out shortly after. If it stays on or illuminate as you're driving, there is a fault with ABS. This is usually a fault related to a sensor.
Note: This amber symbol may display simply as 'ABS' text depending on location.
Note: This ABS warning light may illuminate along with the BRAKE warning light (see below).
Note: Normal brakes are not affected and will work as usual. There is an increased risk with locking wheels when braking harshly.
Nissan Note BRAKE Warning Light
BRAKE Warning Light
The Nissan Note brake warning light illuminates for three possible reasons. These are:
• The parking brake is applied. If driving, ensure the parking brake is fully released.
• The brake fluid level is low. Low brake fluid may result in reduced braking ability. Check brake fluid level and top up with fluid if necessary.
• If after checking the parking brake is properly released and if brake fluid levels are normal and if the warning light remains on, before driving any further, contact a Nissan workshop. The braking system may be defective.
Note: The red exclamation symbol could be replaced by red BRAKE text depending on location.
Nissan Note Battery Charge Warning Light
Battery Warning Light
The red Nissan Note battery warning light will come on for a short time with ignition and go out as the engine starts. The charging system is not functioning correctly if the light comes on when the engine is running. Without sufficient charge, the engine is likely to stop. To prolong engine use turn off all utilities that consume electric and that are not essential. Frequent reasons for the battery charge warning light are:
• Loose, broken or missing alternator / generator drive belt.
• Corroded or loose battery terminals / wiring connections.
• Faulty generator / alternator.
• Old battery.
Nissan Note Engine Oil Pressure Warning Light
Engine Oil Pressure
The red oil can is the Nissan Note oil warning light. This particular symbol isn't a low oil level indicator, it means low oil pressure. Engine components require oil lubrication else friction will heat them up and seize the engine resulting in severe damage not covered by Nissan warranty. A lack of oil pressure means that engine lubrication will not work properly.
What to Do
If this Nissan Note oil warning light illuminates, as soon as it's safe to do so, pull off the road and immediately switch off the engine. Do not restart the engine and contact a Nissan workshop.
Nissan Note High Temperature Warning Light
High Temperature
When the ignition is switched to on, the Nissan Note high engine temperature warning light comes on for a short time and goes out. This indicates the high temperature sensor in the engine coolant system is operational. If the high engine temperature warning light comes on as you're driving, do the following:
1. As soon as safely possible, pull off the road, apply the parking brake and move the shift lever to N (Neutral) (manual transmission) or to P (Park) (continuously variable transmission). Unless steam or coolant is escaping from the engine, avoid turning off the engine as the cooling fan will help cool the engine.
2. If applicable, turn off the air conditioner and turn the heat to maximum heat and fan control to maximum.
3. Look for steam coming from under the hood / bonnet and listen for coolant escaping. If there is coolant or steam escaping, do not open the hood / bonnet. If this isn't the case, then open the hood or wait for steam / coolant to subside.
4. Look for leaking coolant from radiator hoses and check the water pump belt is operational. If the belt is broken or loose or if coolant is leaking from pipes, switch off the engine. Be careful not to get hands caught in moving belts.
5. Allow several minutes for the engine to cool and add coolant if necessary.

Nissan Note Low Fuel Warning Light
Low Fuel
The Nissan Note low fuel warning light comes on when the fuel level in the fuel tank is getting low. Refuel as soon as possible and ideally before the fuel gauge reaches empty. When the fuel gauge shows empty, there is a small reserve of fuel remaining. When the Nissan Note low fuel light is triggered, an amber warning light also illuminates to warn the driver that fuel is very low. At this point, there is approximately 2.6 gallons of fuel remaining, which is good for between 80 to 100 miles depending on driving style and road/traffic conditions.
Nissan Note Tyre Pressure Warning Light
Tyre Pressure
The Nissan Note tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) monitors tyre pressures in all tyres except the spare. The tyre pressure warning light on the Nissan Note illuminates for the following reasons:
Illuminates steady: This indicates one or more tyres has become deflated. As soon as possible, stop and check tyre pressures in all four tyres, or change a flat tyre over for the spare if necessary. The recommended pressure values can be found on a sticker inside the driver's door. After tyres have been adjusted, the tyre pressure light does not go out right away. To reactivate the TPMS, the vehicle must be driven at speeds above 16 mph (25 km/h). The warning light will then go out.
Flashing: The tyre pressure warning light will flash for 1 minute then remains steady indicates a fault with the TPMS or that the spare wheel has been fitted.
Nissan Note Intelligent Key Warning Light
Intelligent Key
The Nissan Note Intelligent Key warning light illuminates in different colours and flashes indicating the following:
Green: The Intelligent Key warning light illuminates green when the ignition switch can be turned.
Flashing green: The Intelligent Key warning light flashes green indicating that the key fob battery is almost discharged. Replace the battery as soon as possible.
Red: The Intelligent Key warning light illuminates red when the ignition switch cannot be turned.
Flashing red: The Intelligent Key warning light flashes red if the key is removed outside of the vehicle when the ignition switch is placed in the ACC or ON position. If the light begins to flash, check the location of the key as soon as possible as it should be carried by the driver while operating the vehicle. Once the key is located and inside the vehicle, the warning light goes out after 10 seconds.
Nissan Note P Position Selector Warning Light
P Position Selector
This warning light flashes in red along with an audible buzzer alarm if you are outside of the Nissan Note with the Intelligent Key and the engine if switched off, but the gear shift lever is not in the 'P' (park) position. When the warning light is flashing, switch the ignition to the on position, shift the gear selector into the P position and then place the ignition switch into the lock position.
Nissan Note Power Steering Warning Light
Power Steering
The illuminated 'PS' is the Nissan Note power steering warning light. With the ignition being set to on, this light illuminates and goes out once the engine has started. This indicates the power steering is operational. If the warning light comes on when the engine is running, a fault in the power steering system has been detected. You will still have control over the vehicle, but the steering wheel may be much harder to turn - particularly at slow speeds. Have the system serviced by a Nissan workshop soon.

Nissan Note Airbag Warning Light
The airbag warning light illuminates for about 7 second when the ignition is set to on and should then go out. Possible faults related to the front airbag, side airbag, curtain airbag, pretensioner seat belt systems and that may result in the Nissan Note airbag warning light illuminating are:
• The airbag warning light remains on for longer than 7 seconds.
• The airbag warning light flashes.
• The airbag warning light does not come on at all.
In any of these instances, these safety systems may not activate during an impact. Have the airbag system serviced by a Nissan workshop as soon as possible.
Nissan Note Engine Malfunction Light
Engine Malfunction
The engine malfunction light is a generic fault light and has no specific fault associated with it. The warning light either comes on steady or may flash. Specialised equipment is required to diagnose faults. For further information about this warning light, the possible faults and what you should do, see Nissan Note engine warning light.
Nissan Note O/D Overdrive OFF Light
Nissan OD or Overdrive is for automatic vehicles and allows the vehicle to operate in the highest gear possible, allowing for lower engine speed (RPM) and so increasing fuel economy. The Nissan Note overdrive (O/D) button is located on the gear selector and if pressed will switch the system off. Turning off overdrive can be beneficial if you want to increase engine braking. The overdrive OFF light illuminates when the overdrive OFF mode is selected.
Nissan Note Security Indicator Warning Light
Security Indicator
The red car and key is the Nissan Note security indicator warning light that flashes when when the Nissan Anti-Theft System (NATS) is operational as a theft deterrent. The warning light should go out when the vehicle is started. An indication that the NATS has malfunctioned is when the warning light remains on when the ignition is set to the on position. If the engine will not start, the security key/s may require battery replacement or reprogramming.
Nissan Note Dynamic Stability Control Warning Light
Dynamic Stability Control
The Nissan Note Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) is a stabilisation system that:
• Reduces wheel slip by controlling brake pressure and engine power output. Braking a slipping wheel and transferring power to a non-slipping wheel. VDC is on by default at each engine start. VDC can be switched off, though almost always it's best left active. If VDC is manuall turned off, the VDC OFF light VDC OFF will illuminate. If the VDC light flashes, this indicates that the system is actively working to stabilise the vehicle due to grip limits being met. If the warning light comes on and the system has not been switched off, a fault has been detected.

Nissan Note ESP Warning Light
ESP, or Electronic Stability Programme is another version of VDC (see above). Like VDC, ESP regulates engine power output and also applies brake pressure to wheels that are slipping. The Nissan Note ESP OFF warning light illuminates when the system has been manually switched off. The ESP warning light ESP flashes when the system is attempting to stabilise the vehicle. If the ESP dashboard warning light remains on (non-flashing) and the system has not been intentionally switched off, a fault has been detected with the system. Like VDC above, ESC faults are often related to bad wiring or ABS sensors.
Nissan Note Auto Start Stop Warning Light
Auto Start / Stop
The Nissan Note green auto warning light is part of the engine automatic start / stop system. The auto start stop light flashing is often an issue related to battery charge. Have the vehicle battery charge checked and replaced if necessary.
Nissan Note DPF Warning Light
DPF Warning Light
The Nissan Note DPF warning light (Diesel Particulate Filter) comes on to indicate that diesel particulate matter has accumulated to a high level in the filter. The filter has reached a high level of particles and requires cleaning. This is called DPF regeneration and is usually performed automatically. Frequent short journeys often make this process to be automatically and may require driver intervention. To do this, drive at 60 km/h (37.5 MPH) or more until the warning light turns off. Try to avoid stopping. This is ideally done on a main road where it is less likely to stop or slow down. If the DPF warning light fails to go out or flashes, there may be a fault with they system.
Nissan Note Glow Plugs Warning Light
Glow Plugs
For diesel versions of the Nissan Note, this glow plug warning light comes on when the ignition switch is in the ON position, and goes out when the glow plugs have been pre-heated. When the light goes out, the engine is ready to start. The glow plugs light may stay on for longer period in colder climates. If the glow plugs light stays on, come son when driving or flashes, it indicates a fault in the diesel pre-heating system.

17 thoughts on “Nissan Note Dashboard Warning Lights”

  1. Hello I find the information here is extremely helpful but unfortunately I must have something more serious going on with my Nissan note. ( Mil) Do not want to buy parts that are not needed. Too many warning lights compared to my old Honda CR-V but your page is very useful 👍

    1. Hi Collin,
      Glad you find the page helpful. Yes, the malfunction indicator light (MIL) is difficult to diagnose due to it being a generic light for many potential problems. Rather than throwing parts at it, you’re better off purchasing or taking your Nissan to a workshop to have diagnostics. This tool brings up faults codes that help you locate the issue. See Nissan Note Engine Warning Light

    1. SPORT is a driving mode, so ‘Sport Mode’. When sport mode is enabled, it can make changes such as gear shift a little faster (if it’s automatic), steering more responsive, gears change up later (if auto). Some models of cars can make for firmer suspension. Sport mode will usually use a little more fuel though.

    1. Hi Yaqub,
      Usually and warning light of a light bulb is to inform you that one of your lights is out, particularly if it’s accompanied by an exclamation mark or cross. Though I’m not sure if you mean the gearstick icon that looks a bit like a light bulb. If so, it’s for manual cars and it’s the gear shift indicator. When the car is moving, you’ll see up and down arrows alongside it. It’s to encourage and environmentally friendly / economical style of driving and upshift when you see the up arrow and downshift when you see the down arrow.

  2. My nissan note just have a temperature light instead of the number an temperature sign as indicated above. Mine is totally different from what you shared

  3. Thanks so much for this info its really helpful. I have a question in relation to 2017 Nissan Note diesel. The auto light was blinking and yes the battery needed to be replaced. That has been done however the light continues to blink what do I need to do next? Any help much appreciated thanks

    1. Hello Li,
      Did you have a good battery installed compatible with start stop? They’re usually referred to as AGM batteries and are better at holding a charge, important for cars with start stop. Ensure all electrical loads are switched off if not essential, things like defoggers / demisters, A/C use a lot of power. Are you sure the battery, although new is fully charged? Can also be worth having the alternator tested to ensure it’s charging the battery sufficiently. There are quite a lot of things that they system checks before initiating an auto stop. They range from coolant temperature to brake booster vacuum pressure. It can end up being a bit of a guessing game, but it’s usually battery / alternator related. If you know someone who has a fault code reader, or can get an independent vehicle workshop to check for fault codes (at a reasonable price), these may help in locating a fault that may be causing auto stop to not initiate.

    1. Hi Tecla,
      I assume you mean the handbrake warning light is remaining lit, even when you release it? First thing to do is to ensure you have properly released it, pull in the button and make sure the lever is pushed all the way down. Also, check if the handbrake is working as it should. You can check this by stopping on a slope, in neutral and release the handbrake. The car should roll, but should be held in place once the handbrake is applied. When the handbrake is down, jiggle the lever around, if the warning light flickers on and off, it’s often the handbrake switch. The parking brake warning light also doubles as a warning of low brake fluid. This is the most important one to check, and that’s your brake fluid. whatever the problem, if there’s an issue with your car’s brakes, it’s best to get it looked at right away.

  4. wanted to know meaning of icon displayed above screen showing outside temperature & mileage-Nissan note acenta 1.2 -2013

  5. Mark Lagerstedt

    My temperature warning light intermittently shows orange when driving my Nissan e note. My manual does not mention the orange light. Do you have any further information. Is it a problem?
    Thanks for your help

    1. Hi Mark,
      Assuming that you’ve checked coolant levels, all are topped up to the recommended level and there’s no sign of the engine overheating, then it’s likely a problem with the coolant temperature sensor. This can cause false signals and result in your engine running rough, but if it is the sensor, there wont be any immediate harm to be concerned about. Regardless of what your problem is, anything to do with excessive temperatures should get checked out right away. Excessive temperatures in engines can result in breakdown and damage.

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