Czech car manufacturer Škoda has been manufacturing the Superb since 2001 and continues production with the third generation (Mk 3). Here we cover the Škoda Superb dashboard warning lights with each symbol meaning and what you should do based on the manufacturers guidelines. Dashboard instrument display layouts and warning lights location vary depending on the model version of your Škoda Superb.
|Symbol||Warning Light Description / Action|
|Symbol name: Škoda Superb electronic parking brake warning light.
Description: The electronic parking brake warning light illuminates in green or red:
▷ Green: When stopping the vehicle, the system prevents rolling. The green electric parking brake illuminates when the vehicle is secure meaning the brake pedal can be released.
▷ Red: If there's a fault with the electronic parking brake, the red light illuminates. Depending on your model of Superb, the warning message 'Fault: electronic parking brake' may display. In this instance, seek assistance from a repair workshop.
▷ Red: The red warning light may also illuminate if parking on a steep gradient. Depending on your model of Superb, the warning message 'parking brake: Gradient too steep. Log book!'. In this instance, find an alternative parking position that is less of a steep gradient.
|Symbol name: Škoda Superb brake warning light.
Description: The red exclamation mark in a circle is the brake warning light. If this light illuminates on the dashboard, it means the brake fluid level is low. It's important that this issue is dealt with as soon as possible as braking ability may be reduced.
1. Stop the vehicle ideally on a horizontal surface.
2. Switch off the engine and inspect the brake fluid reservoir tank.
3. The brake fluid level must be between the markings 'MIN' and 'MAX'.
4. Use DOT4 specification brake fluid.
5. Before adding fluid, to avoid contaminating the fluid in the tank, clean the cap and the area around the cap before proceeding.
|Symbol name: Škoda Superb foot on brake / adaptive cruise control warning light.
Description: This warning light illuminates when using Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and if the delay between your vehicle and the vehicle in front is not sufficient. If this warning light comes on, apply the foot brake to increase the distance.
|Symbol name: Škoda Superb power steering / steering lock warning light.
Description: The steering wheel and exclamation mark symbol indicates a fault in either the power steering or steering lock (KESSY system).
Red power steering warning light - Indicates a complete failure of the power steering system. Considerably greater effort is required to turn the steering wheel. Switch off the engine, restart the engine and travel a short distance. If the warning light remains on, due to the steering not operating as expected, it's advised to stop driving and contact a Škoda workshop for assistance.
Yellow power steering warning light - Indicates a partial failure of the power assisted steering system. You can continue driving but may require greater physical effort to turn the steering wheel.
Red flashing steering lock warning light - The message 'Steering lock defective. Stop!' may display. Do not continue driving as the steering lock may engage while driving.
Yellow flashing steering lock warning light - The message 'Steering lock: workshop!' may display. First check that the steering column is unlocked by moving the steering wheel slightly left and right. If the steering does not unlock or the steering is unlocked by the warning light remains on, there is a fault with the steering lock but you can continue driving. Have steering checked as soon as possible.
|Symbol name: Škoda Superb stability control / traction control warning light.
Description: Stability control and traction control help to stabilise the vehicle by automatically applying braking on a per-wheel basis and/or reducing engine power. The system is on by default upon each engine start but can be manually switched off. The stability control / traction control light either flashes or illuminates constantly:
▷ Flashes: This means the system is actively working.
▷ Illuminates constantly: This means the system is faulty. The stability system uses ABS sensors to detect wheel rotation speed. If there is a fault with the ABS system, the stability control system may malfunction. You can continue driving but have system checked as soon as possible.
Electronic Stability Control
Certain versions of the Škoda Superb's stability program warning light will display as
|Symbol name: Škoda Superb ABS warning light.
Description: The Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) is an addon to normal brakes and it helps the driver to maintain control under harsh braking. If the ABS light stays on, the normal brakes continue to work but due to ABS malfunctioning, there's an increased risk of locking wheels while braking.
ABS + Brake warning lights
If the ABS and brake warning light come on together, the electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) system may have malfunctioned. EBD essentially controls brake force on individual wheels, therefore increasing the vehicle's ability to stop. In this instance it's likely ABS will also malfunction. It's highly recommended that you do not continue driving and seek the assistance of a Škoda workshop.
|Symbol name: Škoda Superb emissions control warning light.
Description: The emissions control, also know as the check engine warning light is a system responsible for exhaust emissions. If the warning light comes on, there is a fault with emissions control. There may be an increase in fuel consumption and the vehicle may enter emergency mode, or reduced power mode. The vehicle is safe to drive but the fault should be rectified as soon as possible. If the warning light flashes and/or you notice the engine sounding uneven, it could be misfiring. This may cause damage to the catalytic converter. In either case, diagnostic equipment is required to locate the fault.
|Symbol name: Škoda Superb yellow / red triangle warning light.
Description: The red and yellow triangles containing an exclamation mark represent danger (red) and warning (yellow). These symbols illuminate along with another warning light. If the red triangle illuminates in particular, take immediate action.
|Symbol name: Škoda Superb diesel preheat warning light.
Description: Upon switching on the ignition, the diesel preheat, or 'glow plugs' indicator light should illuminate. When the light goes out, the engine can be started. In warmer weather, the preheat light may illuminate for a very short time only.
▷ There is a fault with the glow plugs system if the warning light fails to illuminate at all or illuminates continuously.
▷ If the preheat / glow plugs warning light flashes, there is a fault with the engine management system. Vehicle may enter reduced engine power mode (limp mode). Have vehicle inspected immediately.
|Symbol name: Škoda Superb EPC warning light.
Description: The EPC warning light stands for Electronic Power Control and is a fault with the engine management system. There are many faults that can be associated with the EPC warning light including:
• The throttle system
• Throttle pedal
• Throttle body
• Traction control
• Cruise control
The faults are not limited to these and to fully understand where the fault is, diagnostic equipment is required. The vehicle may enter reduced power mode as a safety precaution. The vehicle can be driven, but have the fault rectified as soon as possible.
|Symbol name: Škoda Superb airbag warning light.
Description: If after engine start the airbag warning light stays on or flashes, there's a fault with the airbag or seat belt pretensioner system. In this situation, the airbag may not activate in the event of an accident.
|Symbol name: Škoda Superb tyre pressure warning light.
Description: The vehicle is equipped with a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) which alerts the driver if one or more tyres have lost pressure. If the warning light comes on, safely slow down whilst avoiding harsh braking or sudden steering movements, stop the car and switch off the ignition. Check tyre pressures or change the affected wheel.
Tyre pressure monitor fault
If there's a fault with the monitoring system, the warning light will flash for approximately 1 minute then remain on. In this instance, stop the vehicle and switch off the engine. If the warning light remains on after restarting the engine again, there's a system error.
Resetting the tyre pressure system
When tyre pressures are altered, the system must be reset. For information on how to do this, see Škoda Superb tyre pressure reset.
|Symbol name: Škoda Superb brake pads warning light.
Description: Brake pads continue to wear the more you use the brakes. You'll have roughly 1000 miles remaining of brake pad when the warning light comes on, though how long they last depends on driving habits and brake pad composition. Arrange to have the brake pads changed as soon as possible.
|Symbol name: Škoda Superb brake pads warning light.
Description: When the Škoda Superb low fuel warning light comes on, you'll have approximately 6 litres of fuel remaining in the tank.
|Symbol name: Škoda Superb Lane Departure Warning / Lane Assist warning light.
Description: The Lane Departure Warning system (Lane Assist) helps to keep the vehicle between the boundary lines of a lane. The lights come on for the following reasons:
▷ Green: The system is active and ready to intervene or is currently intervening.
▷ Yellow: The system is active, but not ready to intervene.
The system may not operate correctly due to the following conditions:
• Poor visibility: fog, heavy rain, thick snowfall etc.
• Driving around sharp corners.
• The camera sensor is blinded by the sun or oncoming traffic.
The field of view of the sensor is limited by an obstacle or a preceding vehicle or is obscured by dirt. Always ensure the windscreen is kept clean.
|Symbol name: Škoda Superb transmission warning light.
Description: The cog containing an exclamation mark means there's a problem with the transmission / gearbox. This symbol illuminates along with a red or yellow warning triangle and message.
Message: gearbox overheated. You can drive on. In this instance, avoid driving at high speed and avoid high engine speed. The warning light will go out when the transmission has cooled.
Message: gearbox overheated. Stop! Log book! In this instance, safely pull off the road and stop the vehicle. Turn off the engine. You can continue your journey when the light goes out. If the warning light does not go out, do not continue driving and contact a Škoda workshop.
Message: gearbox defective. Stop the vehicle safely! In this instance, safely stop the vehicle and contact a Škoda workshop before continuing.
Message: Gearbox in emergency mode. No reverse gear. Error: gearbox. Speed is limited. In this instance, you can continue driving. Have vehicle checked as soon as possible.
|Symbol name: Škoda Superb battery warning light.
Description: The battery warning light coming on means the battery is not being charged. This may be due to a failing alternator, battery or loose or corroded wiring. There may be limited time before the engine stops, so switch off any electrical utilities that are not essential and make your way immediately to a auto repair workshop.
Depending on your model year of Superb, if the battery and coolant warning light both illuminate it means that the cooling system has been interrupted due to the electrical fault. Stop driving as there's a high risk of engine damage.
|Symbol name: Škoda Superb coolant warning light.
Description: The engine coolant warning light comes on indicating that the coolant is overheating. It's advised that you stop the vehicle (ideally on a level surface) and switch off the engine to allow the coolant to cool. After several minutes allowing the coolant to cool down, check coolant levels. Place a cloth over the coolant tank cap before opening as steam may exit. Do not exceed the MAX marker on the coolant reservoir tank.
Use the correct coolant type. The specification of the coolant is shown on the coolant expansion reservoir. If you do not have the correct coolant available, use only distilled or demineralised water and have the mixing ratio of water and coolant additive corrected by a specialist garage as soon as possible. This is to avoid potential damage to the cooling system.
Depending on your model year of Škoda Superb, the following warning lights may illuminate:
Message: please check the coolant level. Log book! In this instance, follow the above procedure. If the cooling level is within the specified range, there may be fault with the cooling fan. Check the fuse for the radiator cooling fan. If the fuse is good, do not continue driving.
Message: engine overheated. Stop! Check the log book. In this instance, stop the vehicle as soon as safely possible and follow the above procedure.
|Symbol name: Škoda Superb oil pressure warning light.
Description: This is a very important warning light as significant damage can occur if no action is taken. Low engine pressure may result in oil not correctly lubricating the engine. This may cause the engine to seize. If the low oil pressure warning light comes on, pull off the road as soon as safely possible and immediately switch off the engine. Check the oil level (see below) and top up if required. Do not continue driving if the oil level is sufficient or if the warning light remains on after topping up. Call a Škoda workshop and/or arrange for vehicle recovery.
Škoda model versions
Depending on your model year version of Superb, the warning triangle and oil pressure light may flash . Follow the information as above.
|Symbol name: Škoda Superb oil level warning light.
Description: The low engine oil warning light may illuminate in red or yellow. A yellow light is not critical but means you must add oil as soon as possible. If the red low oil level warning light comes on, if you have spare oil in your vehicle, stop as soon as possible, check oil levels and top up, or make your way immediately to purchase.
Škoda model versions
Depending on your model year version of Superb, these warning lights may display:
Message: Please add engine oil. Add oil as above ensuring you do not exceed the MAX marker on the oil dipstick.
Message: Please reduce oil level. Engine oil level too high and needs to be reduced. You can continue driving, but have oil level reduced as soon as possible to avoid damage.
Message: Oil sensor: please visit workshop. The sensor that measures oil levels is faulty. You will not receive accurate oil level or pressure warnings. Have repaired as soon as possible.
|Symbol name: Škoda Superb AdBlue level low warning light.
Description: AdBlue levels are automatically monitored and if the available travel distance based on AdBlue levels fall below 2400 km, the low AdBlue level warning light illuminates.
There is a fault in the AdBlue system if the AdBlue + spanner warning light illuminates
|Symbol name: Škoda Superb lights failure warning light.
Description: This warning light comes on when one or more lights have failed.
Depending on your model of Superb, the light symbol and yellow triangle may appear alogn with details on which light has failed.
|Symbol name: Škoda Superb diesel particulate filter (DPF) warning light.
Description: This warning light comes on (and depending on your model of Superb, along with the yellow warning triangle) when the DPF requires cleaning. The cleaning process is usually done automatically without the driver realising, but often due to frequent short trips, the filter may require help from the driver. To clean the filter, do as follows:
• Drive for at least 15 minutes or until the light goes out.
• Choose 4th or 5th gear (automatic transmission: position D / S).
• Keep the vehicle at a speed of 43 mph (70 km/h) or more.
• Keep the engine speed between 1800 - 2500 rpm.
When the filter has successfully cleaned, the warning light goes out.
DPF warning light stays on
If the filter did not properly clean or is unable to clean, the DPF warning light remains on along with the glow plugs warning light flashing. In this instance, try the cleaning process again. If it still fails, seek assistance from a Škoda workshop urgently.
|Symbol name: Škoda Superb Start Stop warning light.
Description: This warning light illuminates when all the conditions to successfully inhibit the engine have taken place and the engine stops (standby mode). If there are conditions that prevent the engine from stopping, an alternative warning light displays
|Symbol name: Škoda Superb Low Temperature warning light.
Description: The snowflake warning light is an indicator of low outside temperatures of below +4 °C. Drive with caution as risk of ice.
|Symbol name: Škoda Superb water in fuel filter warning light.
Description: On diesel versions of the Superb, the fuel filter has a water separator which filters dirt and water from the fuel. The separator will eventually become full and requires draining. Depending on your version of the Škoda Superb, a yellow triangle along with the message 'Water in the fuel filter. Log book!' may appear. You can continue driving, but arrange to have the fuel filter drained as soon as possible. Damage may occur if the filter is not drained over a long period of time.
|Symbol name: Škoda Superb front assist warning light.
Description: The front assist system warns the driver of a collision with a vehicle in front and will if possible try to avoid a collision by automatically applying the brakes. If the front assist system has malfunctioned, ensure the sensor located at the front of the vehicle is clean.
|Symbol name: Škoda Superb electronic immobiliser warning light.
Description: Data is compared between the ignition key and the control unit when switching on the ignition. The electronic immobiliser light up for a few seconds when ignition key authorisation is confirmed. The warning light will start flashing continuously if a non-authorised ignition key has been used. The engine cannot be started. If you are having issues with the immobiliser, try changing the batteries in the key fob. See Škoda Superb key fob battery change. Other common issues are the code receiver ring in the ignition or the key requires programming.