Detailed on this page are the dashboard warning lights for the Peugeot 308. Each symbol has its meaning explained along with the recommended action to take based on the manufacturers guidelines. The Peugeot 308 dashboard warning lights location and instrument display panel may vary in style depending on the model version.
This symbol illuminates in green when the lighting stalk has been set to the sidelights position.
Dipped Beam Symbol
This symbol illuminates in green when the lighting stalk has been set to the dipped beam headlights position.
Main Beam Symbol
This symbol illuminates in blue when the lighting stalk has been set to the main beam headlights position.
Front Fog Warning Light
This symbol illuminates in green when the front fog lights have been switched on. Turn the ring on the stalk rearwards twice to switch off the front fog lights.
Rear Fog Warning Light
This symbol illuminates in orange when the rear fog lights have been switched on. Turn the ring on the stalk rearwards to switch off the rear fog lights.
Diesel Preheat Warning Light
This symbol applies to diesel versions of the Peugeot 308 only. Press the engine start stop button or turn the ignition to the 2nd position. Wait for the preheat warning light to go off before starting. The period of illumination of the warning light is determined by the outside temperature and up to thirty seconds in extreme conditions. If the engine does not start, switch the ignition off and then on, wait until the warning light goes off again, then start the engine.
Electronic Parking Warning Light
The Peugeot 308 electronic parking brake warning light comes on when the parking brake is applied. Press the brake pedal and press the parking brake lever to release. If the electronic parking brake warning light is flashing, it means the electric parking brake is not applied automatically and there may be a fault with the system.
Other Warning Lights Associated with the Electronic Parking Brake:
The following lights may illuminate along with the message ‘Parking brake fault’. The ‘SERVICE’ light may illuminate indicating that automatic release is not available. Manual release is required. The electric parking brake fault light may also illuminate Indicating a fault with the system. If the and and warning light illuminate, it means the parking brake may not hold the vehicle. Pull and hold the control lever for about 7 to 15 seconds, until the red warning light comes on in the instrument panel indicating the parking brake is applied. If all three warning lights come on along with the red symbol , it means the parking brake does not have enough power to hold the vehicle. Vehicle will be at risk pf rolling when parked.
Stop and Start Warning Light
This light comes on when automatic engine stop has initiated. If the light flashes, it means stop mode is unavailable or start mode has been invoked. For the possible reasons why engine stop start may not be available, see Peugeot 308 stop start not working.
Blind Spot Detection Warning Light
This green light illuminates on the dashboard when the Peugeot 308 blind spot detection system has been activated. An amber signal illuminates in either the left or right mirror when a a vehicle has been detected in a blind spot. If the green light flashes, it means there’s fault. It could be due to the sensors located in the front and rear bumpers. Ensure the area is clear of dirt and avoid covering with stickers.
Stop Warning Light
The Peugeot 308 stop warning light illuminates on the dashboard in red indicating a serious fault. If the stop warning light comes on, you must stop the vehicle immediately and switch off the engine. The stop light is a generic light but is serious fault related to:
- The vehicle braking system
- The power steering system
- The electrical system
- Engine lubrication fault
- Engine cooling
- A puncture
Service Warning Light
The Peugeot 308 service warning light comes on temporarily due to a minor fault. The service light stays on constantly due to a serious fault where there is no dedicated fault light. A warning message may also be displayed on the dashboard. Minor faults include:
- The engine oil level is low
- The screen wash level is low
- The remote control key battery requires replacement
- The tyre pressures are low
- The electric parking brake has a minor fault
- Emergency Collision Braking System fault
- The soot saturation level is high for the diesel particulate filter (DPF) / particle emissions filter (PEF) on diesel vehicles. To clean or regenerate the filter, continue driving at a speed of 40 mph until the warning light goes out.
Brake Warning Light
The red exclamation mark in a circle represents the brake warning light. This comes on when the brake fluid level is low. Top up with Peugeot recommended brake fluid as soon as possible. If the brake warning light comes on along with the ABS warning light , it means the electronic brake force distribution (EBFD) system has a fault. EBFD provides varying brake forces on a per-wheel basis. It’s advised to stop driving and contact a Peugeot workshop.
ABS Warning Light
The Peugeot 308 ABS warning light comes on when there’s a fault with the Anti-lock Braking System. ABS helps to prevent wheels from locking during heavy braking. This helps to reduce skidding and improves vehicle control. The usual cause of the ABS light coming on is due to an ABS sensor fault on one of the wheels. Normal vehicle brake will remain unaffected.
DSC Warning Light
DSC, or Dynamic Stability Control is the Peugeot 308’s stability system. It helps to improve traction and reduce under and over steer. The system uses ABS sensors, so a fault may be related. If the DSC light flashes, it means the system is currently active. If the light stays on, it means there’s a fault.You can continue driving with a DSC fault, but drive carefully as stability may be reduced.
Engine Warning Light
This Peugeot 308 engine warning light comes on when the engine autodiagnosis system detects a fault. Commonly known as the check engine warning light, if it remains constantly lit, it indicates a fault with the emissions control system and if it flashes, it indicates a fault with the engine management system. Possible risk of damage to the catalytic converter may occur if the engine light is flashing. Avoid high engine load and speed. If the engine light continues to flash, seek assistance from a Peugeot workshop immediately. If the engine warning light is non-flashing, you can continue driving but due to the many possible faults that cause the light to come on, diagnostic equipment is required to read fault codes.
Emergency Collision Braking System Warning Light
This warning light flashes when the Peugeot 308 Emergency Collision Braking System is active. If the light remains lit and non-flashing, it means there’s a fault. The SERVICE warning light may also illuminate. The system uses a radar located in the front bumper. Ensure the area is clean from dirt or road debris.
Airbag Warning Light
The Peugeot 308 airbag warning light should go off shortly after the engine has started. If it remains on, it means one of the airbag or seat belt pretensioner systems has a fault. Common causes are dislodged cables or connections under the front seats or something has become lodged inside a belt buckle.
Battery Warning Light
The Peugeot 308 battery warning light should go off shortly after the engine has started. If it comes on while driving, there may be limited time before the engine shuts off. Drive immediately to a vehicle repair workshop. Possible faults typically include:
- Fault alternator
- Worn, loose or broken alternator belt
- Dirty or loose terminals
- Old battery
Oil Warning Light
The Peugeot 308 oil warning light comes on due to a fault in the engine’s lubrication system. This may result in low oil pressure which can cause significant engine damage. If driving, stop as soon as possible and switch off the engine. Contact a Peugeot workshop. You may have to arrange vehicle recovery.
Tyre Pressure Warning Light
The Peugeot 308 tyre pressure warning light comes on when the pressure in one or more tyres has fallen below the stored values. If the light flashes, it means there’s a fault with the tyre pressure monitoring system.
AdBlue Warning Light
This warning light comes on when you are required to top up with AdBlue. If the light illuminates temporarily, the remaining range for the AdBlue fuel additive is less then 1500 miles (2400 km). If it illuminates with an audible alert and message, the remaining range for the additive is between 1500 and 375 miles (2400 and 600 km). If the AdBlue warning light illuminates with an audible alert and a SERVICE warning lamp, the remaining range for the additive is less than 375 miles (600 km). When the AdBlue fluid becomes exhausted, it will not be possible to start the engine once it has been switched off.
4 thoughts on “Peugeot 308 Dashboard Warning Lights”
Not listed in the dashboard lights, my peugeot 308 2015 showed a warning “economy mode activated” with red !. Is this due to low battery? Should the battery be replaced? Starting find with no sound of low battery. Thanks.
The first place to start is the battery, then the charging system. There is quite a lot of information / forum posts about Peugeot and the ‘Economy Mode Activated’ message. If you do a search for ‘BSI reset’, you’ll see a lot of people with similar issues.
My engine warning light is on and stable, not flashing. Also with the SERVICE light on. And on the screen says “engine is faulty…” what could be wrong, pls?
To be honest, there are many things that can cause the engine light to come on. The engine light coming on means your car’s onboard diagnostic system has detected a problem. A fault code is usually generated. The best way forward is to have a diagnostic scanner hooked up. These tools read fault codes which are usually generated and stored when the engine light comes on. Other than doing that, it would pretty much be a guessing game. Pretty much all vehicle workshops have these diagnostic tools.