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.
|Brake (RED)||Urgent||The symbol of a circle containing an exclamation mark in red indicates a brake warning.||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.
|Brake (YELLOW)||High||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.||Have vehicle checked as soon as possible.|
|Parking Brake||Medium||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 symbol, it indicates that there's a possible malfunction with the electronic parking brake.||Have vehicle checked as soon as possible.|
|ABS||Medium||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.||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.|
|Battery Charge||Urgent||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.||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.
|Power Steering||Low||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.||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.|
|Forward Braking||Medium||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.
|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.
|Tyre Pressure||Medium||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.
|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.
|Malfunction (RED)||High||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).||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.|
|Malfunction (ORANGE)||High||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.||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.
|SRS / Airbag||High||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.||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.
|Master Warning Light||The Nissan X-Trail Master Warning Light Symbol (Triangle containing exclamation mark) 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
|ESP||Medium||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.
|If ESP has malfunctioned (stable on, orange), the vehicle can still be driven, but exercise caution as this safety feature will be unavailable.|
|Water in Fuel Filter||High||This is the water in fuel filter warning light for the Nissan X-Trail diesel versions only.||The filter requires draining. Continual driving without drainage can seriously damage the engine.|
|ECO||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.
|Glow Plugs||Medium||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.||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.|
|Pure Drive Hybrid||Medium||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
|You should stop the car as soon as possible and contact a Nissan workshop.|