Here are the dashboard warning lights for the Suzuki Vitara and Grand Vitara (also known as the Suzuki Escudo). Model ranges are for the third generation (Mk 3, 2005 onward) and the current 4th generation (Mk 4, 2015 onward).
Dashboard instrument display layout and warning light location varies depending on the model version and year of manufacture of your Vitara / Escudo. Many of the warning lights briefly come on when ignition key is switched on or start button is pressed to ‘on’ mode as part of the normal self-check.
|Symbol||Warning Light Description / Action|
|The Suzuki Vitara tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) warning light comes on in yellow and illuminates for 2 possible reasons:
▷ Loss of tyre pressure detected - One or more tyres is significantly under-inflated. Stop as soon as possible to check tyre pressure or replace the wheel. Driving with under-inflated tyres increases fuel consumption, affects the vehicle handling, reduces the tyre tread life and can cause the tyre to overheat and fail.
If the tyre pressure light fails to come on when the ignition is turned to 'on' or the start button is pressed to 'on' mode, the system may have malfunctioned.
▷ Flashing tyre pressure light - The tyre pressure warning light will flash for 75 seconds then remain on to indicate a malfunction with the TPMS.
|The red exclamation mark in a circle is the Suzuki Vitara brake warning light and illuminates for the following reasons:
▷ Parking brake engaged - The warning light illuminates along with a buzzer to remind you that the parking brake is applied.
▷ Low brake fluid level - If the parking brake is fully released and the light remains on, it may indicate low brake fluid levels.
▷ Brake system fault - If the parking brake is fully released and brake fluid levels are adequate, there may be a fault with the brake system.
Adding brake fluid
If the warning light comes on when driving yet the parking brake is properly released, pull safely off the road and check brake fluid levels. As brake pads wear, fluid levels also drop - this is a normal process. Check the brake fluid level is between the MIN and MAX mark. If it is near the MIN, add fluid. Use DOT4 brake fluid.
Brake system fault
If brake fluid levels are already satisfactory or the light remains on after adding fluid, there may be a fault with the brake system. Check that the brake pedal does not feel spongy and that you can safely stop the vehicle. If you determine that the brakes are safe, immediately drive slowly and carefully to a Suzuki workshop for inspection.
|The yellow ABS warning light illuminates on the Suzuki Vitara dashboard when a fault has been found in the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). If the ABS warning light stays on while driving:
1. Safely pull off the road.
2. Turn the ignition switch to'lock' or change the ignition mode to 'lock' (off) if you have a button starter.
3. Restart the engine.
If the warning light stays on briefly the goes out, ABS is operating normally. If the light remains on, the system is faulty.
Is the ABS warning light serious?
ABS essentially prevent wheel from locking during harsh braking. This in turn allow the driver to continue to steer as locked wheels prevent this. ABS is a separate system to normal brakes and normal brake will work as usual. However, there is a risk of locking wheels when braking hard. Have the system serviced by a Suzuki workshop as soon as possible. The fault is often sensor related.
ABS and brake light
If both the ABS and brake light come on together on your Suzuki Vitara dashboard, there's a problem with the rear brake force control function (proportioning valve function). This allows independent and variable braking force for individual wheels. there is a greater chance of the rear wheels locking when braking on a slippery surface. Avoid where possible to brake hard and have vehicle serviced immediately.
|This yellow car skidding symbol is the Suzuki Vitara ESP warning light. ESP stands for Electronic Stability Program and is used to provide vehicle stability when cornering and accelerating. The ESP warning light comes on for the following reasons:
▷ ESP flashes 5 times per second - This means the system is activating and attempting to stabilise the vehicle. One of the following is activated:
• Stability control system
• Traction control system
• Hill descent control system
If the ESP warning light flashes, drive carefully.
▷ ESP warning light stays on - This means there's a fault with the system. Switching the ignition or engine start button to 'off' and restarting the engine may clear the fault. This fault may relate to ABS as they share some components. You can continue to drive carefully when ESP is non-functional, but drive carefully as these safety features will be off.
Switching off ESP
ESP is on by default at each engine start. It can be manually switched off if required. It's only recommended to switch off ESP when you are unable to gain traction when stuck in snow or mud.
|The Suzuki Vitara hill descent system (when activated) automatically applied the brakes when going down a slope to allow the driver to concentrate on steering. The warning light is illuminated when the hill descent system is switched on.
Hill descent flashing light
The possible reasons for the hill descent warning light to flash are:
▷ Hill descent is operating when travelling downhill, the brake lights are applied and the hill descent and the warning light flashes.
▷ When the hill descent button is pressed and immediately begins to flash, hill descent control will not be activated.
▷ If the hill descent warning light flashes when you haven't operated the control switch, there is a fault with the system.
|The Suzuki Vitara oil pressure warning light comes on in red while driving for the following reasons:
▷ Low oil level;
▷ Low oil pressure.
Checking the oil level
Park on a level surface and using the dipstick (1), remove it from the engine, wipe it clean and replace it. Remove it once again and check that the oil level is between the Min and Max mark. Add engine oil (2) if the oil level falls to close to the Min mark.
Low oil pressure
If there is already an acceptable level of oil in the engine or if the warning light still remains on after adding oil, it means there'd low engine oil pressure. The low pressure may result in engine component lubrication failure and could lead to critical engine failure. Avoid driving and contact a Suzuki workshop.
|If the Suzuki Vitara red battery warning light comes on when driving, it's an indication that the charging system has malfunction. It's possible that the engine may switch off after a period of time. To prolong engine activity, immediately switch off any non-essential systems that consume electric and make your way to a repair workshop.
▷ Loose or corroded connections
▷ Faulty battery
▷ Faulty alternator / generator
Low battery charge
If you are not going to use your vehicle for a month or longer, it's recommended to disconnect the negative (-) battery terminal to help prevent discharge.
|The red Suzuki Vitara airbag warning light will come on and stay on if there's a problem with the airbag system or seat belt pretensioner system. There is a risk that the airbag or seat belt pretensioner system may not deploy in the event of an accident. Have system serviced as soon as possible.
▷ Ensure the area under the front seats is clear of obstacles and that all cables and connections are securely in place.
|The Suzuki Vitara has an emissions control system that regulate exhaust emissions. The malfunction indicator light (MIL) otherwise known as the 'check engine light' will come on and stay on when a fault is detected. The MIL may stay on or flash.
▷ Stays on - This means there's a fault with emissions control. This is a non-critical fault but you should have the emissions system serviced as soon as possible. Continual driving may result in damage. You may notice an increase in fuel use and poor engine performance.
▷ Flashing - If the MIL is flashing, the situation is more urgent. This may be a sign of engine misfiring that can result in emission system damage including the catalytic converter. Have system checked immediately.
This warning light may also indicate a fault with the automatic transaxle system. The transaxle warning light may also come on.
|The cog and exclamation mark symbol is the transaxle warning light and indicates a problem with the Suzuki Vitara automatic transaxle system.
For versions of the Suzuki Vitara with twin clutch system (TCSS):
▷ The transaxle gear cannot be changed even if you shift the gear level.
▷ The transaxle gear automatically changes to 'N' when the vehicle stops along with the gear selector position indicator displaying 'N'.
▷ The engine stalls when the vehicle stops.
▷ You are unable to start the engine.
Flashing transaxle warning light
Under these circumstances, the clutch is under heavy load and is overheating. The transaxle warning light flashes along with an audible alert:
▷ Traveling uphill, you alternate between stop and start.
▷ Traveling uphill, you hold the vehicle at a stop using only the creeping function.
▷ You depress the accelerator pedal along with the brake.
▷ You depress the accelerator pedal without releasing the parking brake.
Under these conditions, stop in a safe place and switch off the engine. Allow time for the clutch too cool and do not continue until the warning light has gone off.
|The key symbol is the Suzuki Vitara engine immobiliser / keyless push start warning light. It comes on initially with the ignition briefly and should go out. The electronic key or keyless push start remote controller both have electronic identification code programmed into them. If the immobiliser warning light flashes when the ignition is switched on, the engine will not start.
▷ If the engine fails to start, always set the ignition to 'OFF' then try again.
▷ Ensure the batteries in key or keyless controller do not require replacing.
There are several possible faults that may prevent your vehicle from starting due to immobiliser issues including the antenna ring around the ignition, key registration (key may require programming) or a faulty ECU. Diagnostic equipment is required to bring up fault codes to locate the issue.
|The Suzuki Vitara power steering warning light constantly stays on meaning there is a fault with the system. You can continue to drive, but many notice that more effort is required to turn the wheel at low speeds.
The electric power steering system has a control system that prevents it from overheating. This is not a fault but a temporary reduction in power assistance. The system may implement this when:
▷ The steering wheel is consistently being operated to excess.
▷ The steering wheel is kept in a fully turned position for long periods.
When the system has cooled down, normal operation will resume.
|The radar brake support system measures the distance to the vehicle ahead by radar and issues a warning in an attempt to avoid a crash. To further help avoid a collision, brake support will be provided. The Suzuki Vitara radar brake support warning light comes on for the following reasons:
▷ Flashes - The warning light flashes when the system is operational.
▷ Stays on - The radar is not functioning. The radar brake support warning light will illuminate and the master warning light may flash. This could be due to:
• A fault with the radar
• A fault with ABS or ESP preventing the system from operating. The ABS and/or ESP warning lights will also come on.
• A fault with the brake control systems.
• When the radar unit is covered in dirt.
Keep the radar clean
Always keep the radar unit clean and clear of road debris to ensure it can operate. In this instance, you may receive the message: Radar brake support not active by sensor.
|The Suzuki Vitara adaptive cruise control warning light comes on when a fault has been detected with the system.
▷ Adaptive cruise control may not operate correctly in bad weather such as heavy rain, snow or fog.
▷ Always ensure the radar at the front of the vehicle (see above) is clean.
|The automatic headlight leveling system uses sensors to detect is the vehicle is leaning forwards or backwards and adjusts the headlights accordingly. They also rotate to aid viewing of the road when traveling round corners. The Suzuki Vitara automatic headlight leveling system warning light comes on when a fault has been detected. Often the module, the wiring harness from the lights to the module or a faulty sensor requires replacement.|
|The light bulb containing an exclamation mark is the LED headlights fault warning light.|
|The Suzuki Vitara 4wd warning light comes on for the following reasons:
▷ A problem has been detected with the four-mode 4wd system. In this circumstance, the system will automatically be deactivated.
Flashing 4wd warning light
The 4wd drive warning light begins flashing when:
▷ Wheels of different diameters are fitted to the vehicle.
▷ Drive train components are overheating due to spinning of a drive wheel in mud or show.
What to do
If the 4wd warning light is flashing, pull off the road and remain stationary while leaving the engine running at idle (except for the case of different sized wheels). When the warning light goes out, the system will resume as normal.
|The oil and spanner warning light is the Suzuki Vitara oil change request warning light. If the warning light begins flashing, you should change the oil and filter immediately. Continuous driving without changing the engine oil and filter may result in engine damage. When the oil and filter has been changed, the warning light must be reset in order to monitor the next change.|
|The Suzuki Vitara glow plug warning light comes on if the engine coolant temperature is cool enough and when the ignition is switched to 'on'. The glow plugs warning light goes out when heated enough for engine start.
In warm ambient temperatures, the glow plug warning light may illuminate very briefly or not at all.
|Often water can accumulate in diesel fuel tanks and if it gets in the engine, can cause damage. Filter on diesel engines are used to separate the water from the fuel. The Suzuki Vitara water in fuel filter warning light comes on because the filter requires the water draining and/or the filter changing. This is often a task that a vehicle workshop does, though it can be done yourself by locating the filter and draining the water.|
|The DPF or diesel particulate filter warning light illuminates on the Suzuki Vitara dashboard when the filter requires cleaning, or 'regenerating'. It means the filter is clogged with diesel soot and particulate matter. The filter is usually cleaned automatically but may require driver assistance on occasions.
Cleaning the diesel particulate filter
To clean the Suzuki Vitara diesel particulate filter, do the following:
1. Keep the vehicle in motion (choose a road that does not require stopping)
2. Keep at a speed of 31 mph (50 km/h) or more.
3. And/or keep the engine speed (RPM) at a speed higher than 2,000 rpm.
4. The light will go out when the process is complete.
If the light remains on after cleaning, have the vehicle DPF system serviced. Damage may result otherwise.
Frequent short trips are not ideally suited to diesel engine and increase the frequency of a clogged DPF.
|The 'A' symbol is the Suzuki Vitara Eng A-Stop system, or automatic engine stop start system. This warning light will come on when the engine has been automatically stopped by the system. There are certain requirements that must be met in order for this system to correctly operate. To find out what these requirements are and why your stop start system is not working, see Suzuki Vitara stop start not working.|
|The triangle containing an exclamation mark is the Suzuki Vitara master warning light. The master warning light flashes to bring attention to indicator and warning messages. Other warning lights may illuminate alongside the master warning symbol.|
|This zig zag warning light comes on when there's a problem with the Suzuki Vitara injection system. There may also be a noticeable loss of engine performance as the engine enters 'limp mode'. You will require diagnostic equipment in order to fault find, but things to check are:
• Check the fuel filter is drained and clear.
• Check the DPF requires cleaning.
• Faulty / old battery with insufficient charge.
|The Suzuki Vitara red stop engine warning light indicates a serious fault with the injection system. Depending on the fault, the engine may automatically switch off or enter reduced power mode. This can be an issue related to a heavily clogged diesel particulate filter (DPF). You will require a diagnostic code scanner to locate the problem.|