Nissan X-Trail Dashboard Warning Lights Symbols

Nissan X-Trail Warning Symbols / Dashboard Lights Explained

Japanese car maker Nissan released the first generation of the X-Trail (T-30) in 2000. The second generation (T-31) followed in 2007 and the third, current model (T-32) was released in 2013. These dashboard warning light symbols should cover all generations of the Nissan X-Trail.

What Should I do if a Warning Light Comes on?

If a dashboard warning light comes on your Nissan X-Trail, you should find out its meaning as soon as possible. Whilst some lights and symbols are there simply for informational purposes, others may represent danger. This is often indicated by the colour of the symbol.

What the Different Colours Mean.

On the Nissan X-Trail, you’ll have green, blue, amber / yellow and red symbols.

  • Green and blue: These coloured symbols are used for informational purposes to let you know something is active.
  • Amber or yellow: These coloured symbols let you know that something requires your attention soon but are not usually urgent.
  • Red: Never ignore a red symbol. A red symbol may be an indication of imminent mechanical and/or electrical failure. In some instances, vehicle damage may occur and vehicle occupant safety may be compromised.

Nissan X-Trail Dashboard Warning Lights

Detailed below are the dashboard warning lights for the Nissan X-Trail along with their meaning and possible explanation of what to do.

Nissan X-Trail Brake Warning Light SymbolSymbol name: Brake (RED)
Urgency: Urgent
Description: The symbol of a circle containing an exclamation mark in red indicates a brake warning.
Action: First: Check your hand brake is fully released.
Second: Stop as soon as it’s safe and check brake fluid levels. If levels are at minimum or below, top up.
Third: If the hand brake is fully released and brake fluids are sufficient, have vehicle checked immediately. It’s highly advised not to continue your journey due to a brakes malfunction.

 

Nissan X-Trail Brake Warning Light Yellow SymbolSymbol name: Brake (YELLOW)
Urgency: High
Description: This is the same symbol of a circle containing an exclamation mark. If this illuminates on the Nissan X-Trail dashboard in yellow, it indicates a malfunction with the electronic parking brake.
Action: Have vehicle checked as soon as possible.

 

Nissan X-Trail Electronic Parking Brake is ON Warning Light SymbolSymbol name: Parking Brake
Urgency: Medium
Description: This symbol of a circle containing the letter ‘P’ indicates that the electronic parking brake is operational. If the light stays on while driving or flashes along with the yellow Yellow electronic parking brake light symbol, it indicates that there’s a possible malfunction with the electronic parking brake.
Action: Have vehicle checked as soon as possible.

 

Nissan X-Trail ABS (Anti Lock Brake System) Warning Light SymbolSymbol name: ABS
Urgency: Medium
Description: The Nissan X-Trail ABS (Anti Lock Brake System) is a safety feature that shortens stopping distances whilst under heavy braking. Due to the wheels not locking up, skidding is often reduced. The ABS light should come on briefly when you start the engine. This is the system checking itself and when the light goes out, they system is operational.
Action: If the light stays on or comes on when driving, there is a malfunction. Normal brakes are not affected by this fault, though you should avoid using heavy braking and have your vehicle checked as soon as possible. Quite often an ABS id due to a malfunctioning wheel speed sensor.

Nissan X-Trail Battery Charge Warning Light SymbolSymbol name: Battery Charge
Urgency: Urgent
Description: The red battery charge warning light comes on with ignition briefly. This is a self-check and when the light goes out, it means the charging system is operating correctly. If the light stays on, or comes on the dashboard while driving, it indicates a fault. There are various reasons for this malfunction.
Action: Immediately switch off any unnecessary electrical drains such as heater, USB charging etc. Pull over and switch off the engine.

  1. Check alternator belt is present and working.
  2. Check battery terminals are firmly secured. If those doesn’t correct the fault, it’s likely a faulty battery, alternator, wiring or connections.

Nissan X-Trail Electric Power Steering Warning Light SymbolSymbol name: Power Steering
Urgency: Low
Description: By switching the ignition on the Nissan X-Trail to ON, the yellow electric power steering light comes on briefly. When it goes out once the engine has started, this means the system is operational. If the yellow steering wheel with an exclamation mark next to it comes on while driving, there’s a fault with the electric power steering system and will cease operation.
Action: Electric power steering assists normal steering by making it easier to turn the wheel. You’ll still be able to turn the wheel by it will require greater effort, particularly at slow speeds. This is not a dangerous fault but should be looked into soon.

Nissan X-Trail Forward Emergency Braking System Warning Light SymbolSymbol name: Forward Braking
Urgency: Medium
Description: This is the Nissan X-Trail forward emergency braking system dashboard light. An alternative light will see an exclamation mark in the centre. If the warning light comes on (orange) when the system has not been manually deactivated, there is a fault with the system and it’ll be unavailable. Here’s the possible reasons for a fault:

  • Fault 1: The system relies on a radar located at the front of the vehicle. Other radar interference can cause the system to turn off automatically.
  • Fault 2: The sensor is blocked.

Action: Take the following action based on the fault:

  • Fault 1 remedy: Once the radar source has gone, the system will activate.
  • Fault 2 remedy: Park up and switch off the engine. Check the of your vehicle where the sensor is located and check for obstructions such as dirt, oil etc. Clean the area and restart vehicle. IF the light remains on after these checks, the system has malfunctions and requires servicing.

Nissan X-Trail Low Tyre Pressure Warning Light SymbolSymbol name: Tyre Pressure
Urgency: Medium
Description: Under normal procedure, the low tyre pressure light (TPMS) will come on when the ignition is set to ON. When it goes out, it indicates the system is functioning correctly. There are two examples of when the light (orange) comes on:

  • Fault 1. One or more tyre pressures is low.
  • Fault 2. The tyre pressure monitoring system has malfunctioned.

Action: Take the following action based on the fault:

  • Fault 1: Stop as soon as safely possible and adjust tyre pressures. The recommended pressures are located on the placard on the inside ‘B-pillar’ of the driver door. The tyre pressure monitoring system will need to be reset each time tyre pressures are adjusted.
  • Fault 2: If the warning light flashes for approx 1 minute, the TPMS has malfunctioned.

Tyre Pressure System Reset
For details on how to reset the tyre pressure system, see Nissan X-Trail Tyre Pressure Reset

Nissan X-Trail Malfunction Warning Light SymbolSymbol name: Malfunction (RED)
Urgency: High
Description: If this malfunction warning light comes on in RED on the Nissan X-Trail dashboard and stays on continuously, it indicates an engine control system malfunction (diesel versions only).
Action: Have vehicle checked as soon as possible. Continual driving with this red warning light may result in poor driveability, poor economy and potential damage to the engine control system which may void the warranty.

 

Nissan X-Trail Orange Malfunction Indicator Warning Light SymbolSymbol name: Malfunction (ORANGE)
Urgency: High
Description: The orange malfunction indicator light (MIL) if it comes on and stays on may indicate a problem with the engine control system or if this symbol flashes, it may indicate a fault with the emission control system.
Action: Have vehicle checked immediately as damage may occur. To reduce or avoid damage if the light flashes:

  • Avoid driving at speeds above 70 km/h (43 MPH).
  • Avoid sudden acceleration or deceleration.
  • Avoid going up steep uphill grades.
  • Avoid carrying or towing unnecessary loads.

Nissan X-Trail Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) Air Bag Warning Light SymbolSymbol name: SRS / Airbag
Urgency: High
Description: The Nissan X-Trail Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) air bag light comes on when the ignition is switched to ON for around 7 seconds then goes off. This indicates the system if operational and functional.
Action: If any of these situations occur, the SRS and air bag systems require servicing:

  • The SRS air bag warning light stays on longer than 7 seconds.
  • The SRS air bag warning light flashes intermittently.
  • The SRS air bag warning light does not come on at all.

 

Nissan X-Trail Master Warning Light Symbol (Triangle containing exclamation mark)Symbol name: Master Warning Light
Urgency: Varies
Description: The Nissan X-Trail triangle containing exclamation mark is the master warning light and illuminates for a variety of reasons.
Action: The Nissan X-Trail Master Warning Light Symbol comes on under the following conditions:

  • Steering lock release malfunction light
  • No Key detected warning
  • Key ID incorrect warning
  • Shift to Park warning (Xtronic (CVT) Continuously Variable Transmission models)
  • Door/back door open warning
  • Low fuel warning
  • Release parking brake warning
  • Engine start operation indicator (Xtronic (CVT) Continuously Variable Transmission models)
  • Key System Fault warning
  • Low Tyre Pressure warning
  • Tyre pressure system fault
  • CVT System Fault warning (Xtronic (CVT) Continuously Variable Transmission models)
  • Low oil pressure ‘Stop vehicle’ warning
  • 4WD system fault warning
  • 4WD High Temperature. ‘Stop vehicle’ warning
  • Tyre size incorrect warning
  • Key battery low warning
  • Low Battery Voltage Charge warning
  • Headlight system fault warning
  • Chassis control system fault warning
  • Second row seat belt warning

Nissan X-Trail Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) Warning Light SymbolSymbol name: ESP
Urgency: Medium
Description: The Nissan X-Trail Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) is a safety feature that helps to stabilise the vehicle during loss of control.

  • Flashes: This indicates the system is in use and the vehicle is being driven to it’s limits.
  • Stable on: This indicates that ESP has malfunctioned and requires a service.

Action: If ESP has malfunctioned (stable on, orange), the vehicle can still be driven, but exercise caution as this safety feature will be unavailable.

 

Nissan X-Trail Water in Fuel Filter Warning Light SymbolSymbol name: Water in Fuel Filter
Urgency: High
Description: This is the water in fuel filter warning light for the Nissan X-Trail diesel versions only.
Action: The filter requires draining. Continual driving without drainage can seriously damage the engine.

 

Nissan X-Trail ECO Light SymbolSymbol name: ECO
Urgency: N/A
Description: The Nissan X-Trail ECO mode light illuminates in green when the ECO mode system is turned on. The ECO mode system helps to reduce fuel usage by controlling the engine and Xtronic CVT operation automatically to avoid rapid acceleration.
Action: Switch on ECO mode to help reduce fuel consumption.

 

Nissan X-Trail Glow Plugs Light SymbolSymbol name: Glow Plugs
Urgency: Medium
Description: For diesel models only, the glow plugs are used in cold weather to aid starting the engine. If the glow plugs have already warmed up, the indicator light will briefly flash then go out.
Action: The glow plugs and light will stay on for longer periods during very cold periods. If the glow plug light stays on constantly, have your vehicle checked. It’s likely diagnostic equipment will be required to find the specific fault code.

Nissan X-Trail Hybrid Warning LightSymbol name: Pure Drive Hybrid
Urgency: Medium
Description: The exclamation mark inside a car warning light is a fault with the Nissan X-Trail hybrid system. It indicates a fault with the electric motor or other hybrid components. Faults may include:

  • Traction motor and inverter system
  • Charge port or on board charger
  • Li-ion battery system
  • Cooling system
  • Shift control system

Action: You should stop the car as soon as possible and contact a Nissan workshop.

Nissan X-Trail Diesel Particulate (DPF) Warning LightSymbol name: Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF)
Urgency: Medium
Description: The diesel version of the Nissan X-Trail has a diesel particulate filter that sporadically requires cleaning. This is usually an automatic process that is undertaken without driver knowledge. However, if the DPF warning light comes on, it means driver intervention is required. Usually a good drive on a road that doesn’t require slowing or stopping such as a motorway for up to 15 miles while maintaining an engine speed of 2000 rpm or over should be sufficient to clean the filter.

When the DPF warning light comes on, it means previous automatic attempts at the cleaning process have failed. Filters often fail to clean properly and become clogged due to frequent short journeys. If after the final attempt fails, the malfunction indication light (MIL) / check engine light will also illuminate. At this stage, it’s advisable to have your vehicle serviced to prevent potential expensive damage to the filter.

Nissan X-Trail Key in Car Security Warning LightSymbol name: Security
Urgency: Medium
Description: The key in the car symbol is the Nissan X-Trail anti-theft security (NATS) warning light. The security light flashes when the ignition is in the ‘Lock’ / ‘Off’ position which informs the drive that security system is equipped and operational. If the security system is malfunctioning, the light will remain on when the ignition is switched to the ‘On’ position.

If you’re unable to start the engine, try an alternative key. If you do not have an alternative key, replace the battery in the key fob. If you’re still unable to start the engine, it means there’s a problem with the security system and the NATS requires a service. A common fault with the NATS system is car battery related. Charge your vehicle’s battery and/or have the battery tested.

72 thoughts on “Nissan X-Trail Warning Symbols / Dashboard Lights Explained”

    1. Hi Yongo,
      By the sounds of it, it sounds like a tyre maintenance reminder, such as rotating them for instance. You can alter or set your own personal maintenance reminders as you wish. You can go into the options and set or cancel them.

    1. Hello Ahmed,
      It’s a warning light for the hybrid version of the X-Trail. It’s a battery, motor or other hybrid electric fault related.

  1. hi i did a jump start to my x tril hybrid and now getting a amber exclamation mark inside a car ? what is it?

    1. Hi Sampath,
      Did you jump start in accordance with the owners manual? There’s a possibility of electrical damage. If the light remains on, you’ll need a diagnostics tool for reading fault codes to find out what’s wrong.

      1. I have the same problem with exclamation mark!!!!
        We used a diagnostics tool but it didn’t showed up any fault.
        Car is ok but the orange exclamation mark is still there, flashing all the time!!
        Do you know how to fix it?

          1. It’s not really something you can guess as it’s potentially anything to do with the hybrid system. You’ll need to have diagnostics done which will hopefully bring up fault codes.

      1. Hi Laurence, did you solve the problem? Because my car still having the same problem and I cant find a solution in my country… Nobody knows how ..

  2. Hi
    Does anyone know what the A symbol in the led display in dash means? its just near the kms. I am having issues starting the car now as well. Battery isn’t that old, hoping its not the alternator

    Thanks

  3. Hi – I have a Stop/Start error warning which comes on and stays on. There is also a flashing Auto under the start/stop error. What does it mean.

    1. It’s often to do with the battery or battery charging issue. Have the battery and alternator tested. Batteries that are 4 or more years old can start throwing up issues. If you have a charger or access to one, leave it charging overnight to see if that helps with the start stop fault.

  4. I have multifunction high symbol in Orange color & whenever I start the engine it goes off atimes. I managed to change one of the top sensors and there’s no any change. Please help. Fully appreciated.

  5. Good day, The engine malfunction indicator showed yellow on the dashboard while I was driving. The vehicle lost the ability to accelerate or rev and the engine later went off. When I re-started the engine, I was not able to put the Gear stick into “drive”. I turned off the engine, waited for about 10 minutes and restarted the engine. The gear stick worked and drove back home. Please what has happened?. what should be done?

    1. Hi Nasir,
      The engine malfunction warning light is a generic symbol for many possible faults. Sounds like your X-Trail went into reduced engine power mode which is a safety override to help prevent damage. When the engine warning light comes on, fault codes are stored, so what you need to do is to take it to a workshop where they can hook up diagnostic tools that can read fault codes. The fault codes will direct the engineer to the issue.

  6. I’ve hag multiple lights come on last night on Nissan x trail 2 litre diesel slight grinding noise then abs light 4wd light brake light red brakes yellow and esp light ! Switch motor off restart runs fine unlesss u brake not always noise but most times lights come back on

    1. Hi Colin,
      Grinding noise when braking is often an indication of brake pad wear, but with the brake lights and ABS lights also coming on, it sounds like some mechanical malfunction. Being as it’s brake related, I’d get it looked at right away.

  7. hi, i had a car symbol with a key inside came on … before that i was getting a hard time starting with all my lights symbols blinking on my dash

    1. Hi Sokesi,
      Sometimes cables under the front seats can come dislodged. There are airbag / seat belt related cables under there. Best not to touch them unless you know what you’re doing. Sometimes something lodged in a belt buckle can cause the light to come on. It might be sensor related. The light being on means the airbag might not deploy during a collision. There’s also a risk it may randomly deploy without a collision, so best to have it looked at as soon as possible.

    1. Hi Mohamed,
      It’s likely a fault related to the drive motor, charging port or battery. You’ll have to have diagnostics to locate the fault.

    1. Hi Murigu,
      The problem is usually to do with the check engine warning light and the electronic stability control (ESC) / traction control / stability systems are affected by this. The fault in your engine is causing reduced performance and as a result, stability and traction systems are often disabled as a safety measure. There’s many potential faults associated with a check engine light (often sensor related), so you’ll need to have diagnostic equipment hooked up so that fault codes can be read and go from there. Usually when you sort that problem, the stability systems will come back to normal.

  8. Hi Murigu,

    Nissan xtrail 2013 – there is a orange light that comes on at the end of the speedometer especially joining roads that require u-turn. What could be the problem.

  9. I’ve got a 2002 X Trail and the only steering system light that comes on is the 4WD LOCK when I press it. When I press ‘Auto’ I don’t see anything.

    The ‘4WD’ light comes on for a few seconds when I first start the car, then turns itself off. I’m not sure if I’m in 2WD or 4WD etc.

    Is this normal?

    1. Hi JB.
      Do you have the 4WD mode switch?
      Nissan X-Trail 4WD mode switch
      This should let you know what mode you’re in.
      Depending on the driving condition, the 4WD mode may automatically change from 2WD to 4WD even when the 2WD mode switch is selected. The 4WD mode indicator light does not illuminate even if the mode automatically changes from 2WD to 4WD while driving.

      The 4WD warning light Nissan X-Trail 4WD Fault Warning Light comes on when the key switch is turned to ON. It turns off soon after the engine is started. If any malfunction occurs in the 4WD system when the key switch is ON, the warning light will either remain illuminated or flash.

      However, you should have mode lights:
      Nissan X-Trail 4WD Mode Light
      4WD mode indicator light
      While the engine is running, this light will illuminate when selecting AUTO mode
      Nissan X-Trail 4WD Lock Light
      4WD mode indicator light (LOCK)
      When selecting LOCK mode while the engine is running, this light will illuminate simultaneously with the 4WD mode indicator light (AUTO) illuminating.

      Do both these mode lights come on at startup then go off? If the lights fail to come on, it may indicate a burned-out bulb or an open circuit in the electrical system.

      1. I have ,Nissan x-trial 2010 model, my indicator is on 2wd but when I’m driving and I increase the accelerator 4wd appears on the dashboard and the sound changes, what do I do

  10. Good day, The engine malfunction indicator showed yellow on the dashboard while I was driving. Check coolant empty.

    1. Hi Reuben
      The yellow check engine light isn’t usually too much to worry about and it’s generally fine to continue driving, but you should have the fault looked at as soon as possible as the problem may deteriorate. The check engine light comes on for many possible reasons, so the only way to find out what the problem is, is to have diagnostic scan equipment hooked up to check for fault codes. If your coolant tank is empty, you should top that up immediately and before driving.

  11. I have a 2020 Xtrail 4×4. I get an intermittent warning light with the symbol of 2 cars colliding. This resets when engine is switched off and restarted.
    Is there anything I can do or is it a technician job?

    1. Hi John,
      Sounds like the forward emergency braking (FEB) system. The system does rely on a camera located at the top-centre of your windscreen and a radar mounted at the front of the vehicle, usually in the grille. You should make sure these areas are clean and clear of any obstructions. Other than that, it’s usually a sensor fault, possibly a software upgrade can sort it. It’s something you need to get looked at though as a faulty FEB can potentially cause the car to unexpectedly brake – which is of course rather dangerous.

  12. I have a 2016 X-Trail, what warning light comes on for the DPF filter? Is it the engine light in yellow or amber? Just wanting to know so if it does appear, I can take it on a long run on a motorway so the regeneration can burn the soot away.

      1. I have checked the handbook and the dash for that light and nothing is mentioned. The handbook doesn’t even have anything to do with the DPF filter.

        1. Have you had any warning lights come on? You should have a DPF light that comes on (when applicable) as the MIL is a generic fault light that can apply to quite a few things. So it should be the DPF light initially to let you know it needs attention, then the DPF and MIL to let you know there’s a problem.

          1. No, not had any issues yet. Have only just got the X-Trail but was going through the hand book as previously had issues with the DPF on a Renault. The DPF warning light is definitely not in the hand book as dash warning lights.

          2. Perhaps your version comes up in message form. There must be some reference to it if it becomes a problem though (other than the MIL). There are X-Trails that do have a DPF light, perhaps it’s just that manual.

  13. Dear murigu
    I have a 2019 X-Trail,4×4 i what warning red light comes on dashboard indicating security light and when it turns engine off it appear Red color a symbol like ang car with key on the center. What does it means?

    1. Hello Eric,
      If the security light remains on while the ignition is set to the ‘On’ position, it means there’s a malfunction.

  14. Hey. Theres a red car symbol with a wrench/spanner inside. This blinks continuously when the vehicle is off. What does that mean?

  15. Hey, please X trail 2013 engine warning is steady on yellow.
    Please what is the cause and possible solutions

    1. Hi Sucre,
      The yellow check engine warning light is generic, meaning that there’s no specific fault. The yellow engine light can come on due to a problem with the fuel, the engine, all the way to the emissions system or catalytic converter. It’s often a sensor fault though. Rather than listing off the many possibilities and guessing, you either need to take it to a vehicle workshop and have it scanned with diagnostic equipment, or buy your own tool that’s suitable for an X Trail. You can get them fairly cheaply. This way, you’ll hopefully see fault codes that will give you much more of an idea of what’s going wrong.

    1. Hi Tommy.
      No, I don’t believe it does. The disc brake pads have audible wear warnings. When a brake pad requires replacement, it will make a high pitched scraping sound when the vehicle is in motion. This scraping sound will first occur only when the brake pedal is depressed. After more wear of the brake pad, the sound will always be heard even if the brake pedal is not depressed.

  16. My 2017 nissan X-trail. DRIVEN only. 68k km.
    I didn’t notice any issue while I parked at the night and in the morning while starting it. I see yellow engine light and steering wheel and exclamation mark.
    For sometime the car would crank but wont start and then it stopped craking at all.

    Please help.

  17. Please how can I stop the security alarm from sounding many times every night.
    It kept sounding every short time even when I silence it with the remote key until I disconnect the battery.

    How can I silent or stop it from disturbing…
    Thanks

    1. There are high level sensors each side of the windscreen. These can be sensitive to dust. Giving these a clean may solve your problem. Failing that, make sure there’s nothing inside the vehicle that might move, such as something hanging from the mirror. These can cause the alarm to go off if the vehicle moves in the wind.

  18. Hi, my 2011 nissan xtrail’s amber 4wd and traction control lights occasionally come on when I start the car (also makes a little noise). Is there any possible explanation for why this combination of lights might be coming on?

    Thanks in advance!

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    hi my 2018 diesel xtrail has on off switch systems fault has come up today while driving the car would loose power and slow down what can l do to fix this .thank

  20. Hi, i have a Nissan Xtrail 2014 model, why would the orange sport button appear on it own?
    I did not even know i had this function until this morning, it also sounded like my rev were higher and it took longer to change gears when this light came on. How do you active this feature and disable this feature please?
    How do i turn off the auto stop/ on when stopping is this possible

  21. Hi, can you please tell me what the symbol of the car with a line on either side is, accompanied with the triangular warning light. Thank you

  22. I have a problem with hybrid warning blinking on my my t32 hybrid car and I checked and DTc in the system but there are not any one can answer me

  23. i have a 2019 xtrail a birds eye picture of a car with three red dots in the back of the car only there for secs.

  24. Hi my Nissan xtrail 2010 resently started flashing red light airbags.Thid is after realizing that the belt is not pulling out all of it and the buckle sometimes doesn’t accept the other part of the belt.What do I do please? Thanks

    1. Hi Tina,
      If you can, take a look inside the belt buckle and clean it out. The problem usually occurs when something gets in the buckle and prevents the switch and connections from working.

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