Here are the dashboard warning lights for the Toyota Hilux. The dashboard layout style and warning lights location varies depending on your version of van / pickup truck.
Airbag SRS Warning Light
If this light remains on while driving or fails to come on at ignition, it means there’s a fault with the Toyota Hilux SRS airbag system. The warning light indicates a malfunction in:
- The SRS airbag system
- The seat belt pretensioner system
- The front passenger occupant classification system
Typical faults are related to a sensor. Have airbag SRS system serviced by a qualified Toyota workshop as soon as possible.
Battery Warning Light
If Toyota Hilux battery warning light comes on while driving, it means the engine is running on battery power alone due to the alternator not charging it. High probability of engine stall once battery charge depleted. Due to a malfunction in the vehicle charging system, immediately turn off any vehicle utilities that consume electricity and make your way to the nearest vehicle repair workshop. Check battery wiring / connections, alternator, drive belts and battery for malfunction. See why is my car battery warning light on for further information.
Brake System Warning Light
This red warning light indicates a fault with the Toyota Hilux brake system. First check that the parking brake has been properly released. Secondly, it may indicate low levels of brake fluid. If the parking brake is properly released and fluid levels are within acceptable limits, it indicates a malfunction with the vehicle braking system. It may also indicate low negative pressure in the vacuum tank on diesel engine versions on Hilux. In this instance, only drive the vehicle a low speeds to a repair workshop if the vehicle has working brakes.
High Coolant Temperature Warning Light / Gauge
If the temperature warning light begins flashing or the temperature gauge increases, it means the engine is beginning to overheat. If the warning light goes from flashing to constant, it means the temperature has increased. Stop the vehicle immediately and allow engine to cool. Check coolant levels, cooling fans and belts are at acceptable levels and/or are working. If adding coolant, check for leaks. Do not continue driving if warning light remains on. For further information, see red engine coolant warning light on or flashing.
Service / Fault Warning Light
The spanner / wrench with exclamation mark is a required service fault warning light. It indicates a malfunction in the electronic engine control system, the electronic throttle control system, or the Brake Override System. Have vehicle diagnostics to read fault codes.
Rear Differential Lock Warning Light
The rear differential lock system is ideal to help prevent the rear wheels from spinning on a slippery / muddy surface. The Toyota Hilux rear differential lock warning light rapidly flashes to indicate a malfunction in the rear differential lock system.
Oil Pressure Warning Light
The Toyota Hilux oil pressure warning light is not generally an indication of low oil level, though low engine oil level can cause the light to illuminate. If the light comes on while driving, immediately stop the vehicle and switch off the engine. Check oil levels. If levels are normal, do not restart the engine and arrange for recovery. Engine lubrication has malfunctioned and severe damage will result in running the engine. If you have added engine oil, only continue driving if the light has gone out. Note: Stopping on a steep slope can cause the oil pressure light to come on.
Engine Malfunction Warning Light
The Toyota Hilux engine malfunction warning light (often called the check engine warning light) has many potential faults associated with it. It indicates a malfunction in the emission control system or emission control system or electronic engine control system.
The light may also illuminate on certain versions of the Hilux due to a malfunction in the electronic automatic transmission control system or on diesel versions, where the boost pressure in the turbocharger is abnormally high. On some models, the engine fault light illuminates due to a malfunction in the DPF system. Some of the more frequent faults include broken gas cap, faulty oxygen sensor or mass airflow sensor. Due to there being many potential faults, diagnostic equipment is required to read fault codes. For further information on the engine warning light, see reasons why the engine warning light is on.
ABS Warning Light
This fault is usually associated with a faulty ABS wheels speed sensor. The Toyota Hilux ABS warning light indicates a malfunction in:
- The Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
- The brake assist system (vehicles with VSC system)
VSC Warning Light
The VSC (Vehicle Stability Control) warning light comes onto the Toyota Hilux dashboard when:
- There a fault with the VSC system. This is often due to a faulty wheel speed sensor. The warning light remains on.
- Trailer sway control system.
- The TRC/A-TRC system.
- The hill-start assist control system.
- The downhill assist control system.
- When the system is operating. In this instance, the light flashes.
For further information on VSC / ESC (Electronic Stability Control), see what is ESC in a car.
4WD Fault Warning Light
The amber Toyota Hilux four-wheel drive warning light along with a possible audible alarm indicates that the differential oil temperature is too high. If the warning light flashes rapidly and and audible warning sounds, turn the front-wheel drive control switch to H2, and wait until the warning light goes off. If the warning light comes on without the audible alarm, it indicates a malfunction in the four-wheel drive system.
4LO Fault Warning Light
The Toyota Hilux 4LO warning light indicates a four wheel drive, low speed position. It’s ideal for maximum power and traction used for climbing or descending hills, off-road etc. If the 4LO warning light flashes rapidly, it indicates a malfunction in the four-wheel drive system. Have the vehicle serviced by a Toyota workshop.
T-BELT Warning Light
The Toyota Hilux T-BELT warning light indicates that the timing belt should be replaced.
Fuel Filter Warning Light
This warning light means the fuel filter requires emptying due to water being present in the diesel fuel filter. Certain versions of the fuel filter warning light will flash when the water level reaches maximum. The filter can be drained yourself though the process can be difficult.
Brake Override Warning Light
This warning light indicates that the accelerator and brake pedal are being depressed simultaneously – release the brake pedal or accelerator. If the warning light flashes, it indicates a malfunction in the Brake Override System.
PCS Warning Light
The Toyota Hilux PCS (Pre-Crash Safety system) warning light flashes when the system has malfunctioned. When the warning light flashes without an audible alarm it indicates that PCS is temporarily unavailable. This could be due to the area around the radar sensor (located on the front grille) or camera sensor (located in front of the rear view mirror) being dirty, covered in snow, condensation etc. It could also be due to the camera sensor not having optimal operating conditions, for example, the temperature is too high.
LDA Warning Light
The Toyota Hilux LDA (Lane Departure Alert) has malfunctioned when this warning light remains lit. Ensure the camera sensor is not obscured by dirt etc.
Oil Level Warning Light
The Toyota Hilux low oil level warning light indicates that engine oil level is low or that the vehicle has been stopped on a slope. Move the vehicle to a level surface and check to see if the light goes off. If the warning light remains on, check oil level. If oil level is at recommended levels and the light remains on, it’s likely the oil level sensor fault.
Master Warning Light
The amber triangle containing an exclamation mark is the the Toyota Hilux master warning light. An audible alarm sounds and the warning light comes on and flashes to indicate that the master warning system has detected a malfunction. If the audible alarm sounds along with the master warning light, it means a serious problem has been detected. The problem is not as serious if the alarm does not sound. For further information about this fault light, see Toyota’s master warning light explained.
Tire Pressure Warning Light
The tire pressure warning light comes on when one or more tires is under-inflated. The light will flash for one minute then stay on if the tire pressure system has malfunctioned.