The popular, small hatchback the Renault TWINGO was first manufactured in 1992 and is now on its third generation. Though cars are becoming increasingly reliable, a fault may occur and will often signal a warning symbol on the dashboard.
Symbols range from simply an indication that a particular function has been initialised, to a serious issue that requires immediate attention. It’s advisable to never ignore warning lights as some, particularity red symbols may represent a potential hazard to safety, or vehicle damage. Listed below are the Renault TWINGO dashboard warning lights, along with each symbols meaning and recommended action to take.
Symbol name: Malfunction (Spanner)
Description: The spanner symbol on the Renault TWINGO indicates an engine malfunction. It is a generic symbol with no specific meaning, but may light up along with another symbol.
Action: As soon as possible, take your vehicle for diagnosis and repair. Drive vehicle carefully.
Symbol name: STOP
Description: The STOP light indicates that a malfunction has occurred on the TWINGO that could result in risk to driver and passenger safety. Symbol may illuminate alongside another warning light.
Action: As soon as it is safe to do so, pull over and switch off the engine. Do not restart the engine. Arrangements will need to be made to have the vehicle towed to a repair station.
Symbol name: Airbag
Description: Under normal operation, the airbag warning light comes on with the ignition and goes out after a short period. If the light does not come on at all, or comes on when driving, there’s a fault with the airbag system. The Renault TWINGO airbags may not be deployed during an accident.
Action: Occasionally The SRS and airbag component wires can become lose under the passenger seat. Check connections are secure. Seat belt fasteners can also trigger the warning light. Check there’s no debris in the buckle.
Symbol name: Power Steering
Description: Variable Power-assisted Steering aids the driver in turning the steering wheel. The presence of the dashboard symbol indicates a fault in the system.
Action: The failure of Variable Power-assisted Steering will not affect the safety of the vehicle. A noticeable increase in force required to steer, particularly at slow speeds will be noticed. Have system checked.
Symbol name: Electronic Fault
Description: Under normal operating, this symbol should come on with the ignition and go out shortly after. If the light come son while driving, there is a fault with the injection computer.
Action: There are many components that may be at fault. Have vehicle booked in where diagnostic equipment is required to locate the fault.
Symbol name: ECO Mode
Description: The light comes on indicating that ECO Mode has been activated.
Action: ECO mode is a Renault TWINGO function which improves fuel consumption by analyzing driving style and other functions such as heating and air conditioning that also consume fuel. An overall score rating is displayed from 0 -100 allowing you to improve your ECO-driving skills.
Symbol name: Handbrake / Brake Circuit
Description: The red exclamation mark in a circle symbol has three meanings.
- The handbrake is on. If symbol illuminates with the symbol, it indicates.
- Insufficient brake fluid.
- Brake system fault.
Action: Ensure handbrake is fully released. If symbol illuminates with the warning light, check brake fluid levels. Top up if necessary. If reservoir tank requires frequent top ups, there’s likely a leak in the brake circuit system. If neither of those are the issue, have vehicle checked.
Symbol name: Battery Charge
Description: In normal use, symbol comes on with ignition and shortly after goes out. If the battery warning light comes on the Renault TWINGO dashboard along with the warning light, it indicates an overload or discharge in the electrical circuit.
Action: Turn off any electrical equipment that is running in the car (utilities such as the heater / air con etc) and make your way immediately to a repair station.
Symbol name: Oil Pressure
Description: Having appropriate oil pressure is critical for keeping engine components lubricated. If the low oil pressure light comes on along with the symbol, stop as soon as safe to do so and turn off the engine.
Action: Check oil levels and top up if necessary. If oil levels do not require topping up, do not start the engine. Critical engine damage may result in continual driving. Contact a tow / repair centre
Symbol name: Toxic Fume Filter
Description: The Renault TWINGO is equipped with an exhaust emissions monitoring system. It detects any operating faults within the antipollution system. If there’s a fault with the system, toxic substances can be released into the atmosphere. Vehicle damage (catalytic converter) many also occur.
Action: The toxic fume indicator lights up if there’s a fault in the antipollution system. If the light stays on continuously, have the vehicle checked as soon as possible. If the symbol flashes, reduce engine speed and drive carefully until the light stops flashing.
Symbol name: Tyre Pressure Monitor
Description: The Renault TWINGO tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) detects a loss of pressure in one of the tyres by measuring the wheel speed while driving. The symbol illuminates when approximately 25% loss of pressure is detected from the set values.
Action: Stop as soon as possible and check all wheels for deflation. After inflation, a TPMS reset must be done with a pressure equal to that on the type pressure label (see inside driver door panel). If a reset is not completed with the correct inflation pressures, the system may not operate correctly.
Symbol name: Coolant Temperature
Description: Light comes on with ignition and shortly goes out as normal process. Overheated and boiling engine coolant can damage engine components. Always use the correct anti-freeze for the Renault TWINGO as anti-freeze highers the boiling temperature.
Action: If the light comes on (red) when driving, stop as soon as possible, switch off the engine or let the engine idle for a few minutes. This should allow coolant temperature to reduce and the red warning light should go blue.
Symbol name: Anti-lock Brakes
Description: What is ABS? ABS stands for anti-lock braking system and as the name suggests, it stop the wheels from locking. Under heaving braking, when wheels lock the driver cannot steer and stopping distances are increased.
Action: On the Renault TWINGO, ABS is a separate system to normal brakes. If the ABS light comes on when driving, a fault has occurred and ABS is no longer operational. Normal brakes remain function. Have vehicle checked as soon as possible.
Symbol name: Stability Control
Description: This system uses electronic stability control which helps you to keep control of the vehicle in critical driving conditions such as loss of grip on a bend or avoiding obstacles. Traction control is also used to help avoid wheel spin. Light may flash indicating that system is in operation.
Action: Under normal driving conditions, if the light comes on and is accompanied by the malfunction spanner the system will be deactivated. Drive carefully and have vehicle inspected if light remains on.
Symbol name: Lane Departure
Description: This lane departure warning system notifies the driver when they accidentally cross a continuous or broken line. The system uses a camera attached to the windscreen, behind the rear-view mirror.
Action: The symbol along with is used to notify of a fault. Keep with windscreen clean where the camera is located to avoid faults. System deactivation can occur when there’s poor visibility, tight bends, closely following vehicles in the same lane, worn road markings.