BMW Warning Lights: What Do They Mean?

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BMW vehicles are quality luxury vehicles that can perform highly on the Seattle roads. However, similar to any machines, they might need an unexpected service from time to time. When one of the BMW warning lights symbols illuminate on your dashboard, you should try to decipher the meaning and whether you need to visit the service center at BMW Seattle. Discover the BMW warning lights meaning below!


BMW Warning Lights Meaning

Because your BMW vehicle has several advanced systems that make up your driving experience in Bellevue, there are several BMW warning lights symbols that you will see in your vehicle. Some of these symbols are telling you that your luxury vehicle needs immediate service, while others are straightforward fixes that you can resolve yourself. See the following BMW warning lights below and what they each mean, so you can familiarize yourself. 

  • Empty or Low Fuel: When this BMW warning light symbol illuminates, you have approximately 30 miles before you completely run out of fuel. Make sure to stop by a local gas station for a fill-up as soon as possible since driving too long with this light on could damage your fuel system. 
  • Tire Pressure Monitor: If this light is triggered, itmeans that one or more of your tires is underinflated. A yellow light means the tire pressure is down by about 10%, while a red light means the tire has deflated rapidly. 
  • Oil Can: This BMW warning light symbol means your vehicle is due for an oil change. At BMW Seattle, we can get you back on the road as quickly as possible. 
  • Light Bulb: If this symbol islit, then one or more external lights are out or experiencing an issue. If, after changing your bulbs, the light is still on, you should bring your vehicle to our service technicians. 
  • Thermometer: Your engine is getting too hot and potentially overheating. This can be both dangerous and damaging to your engine. If you aren’t near a BMW service center in Redmond, we advise you to stop running your vehicle to let your engine cool down and then visit us as soon as possible.
  • Engine: When this warning light flashes or stays on, you will want to have your vehicle serviced as soon as possible since it means there is an issue with your engine or its components. 
  • Dynamic Stability Control: This BMW warning light isn’t one to worry about as it simply means the traction control system has been engaged. Learn more about it in your owner’s manual.
  • Service Vehicle: If this light is yellow, it means your BMW will be due for service soon. If you BMW becomes overdue for service, the light will turn red. 

Schedule Certified BMW Service at BMW Seattle

If you realize your BMW vehicle needs to be serviced after learning about the BMW warning light meanings, schedule an appointment online today. Contact us if you have any questions and we will be happy to offer you the most helpful information to get you back on the Seattle roads! 

BMW Seattle Service Specials

BMW Ultimate Care Oil Services $199
3 Years Prepaid for $199

Regular oil changes are vital to the health and performance of your BMW. With the BMW ultimate Care Oil Services program, you’ll receive 3 years of unlimited oil and oil filter changes, based on your BMW’s Condition Based Service (CBS) system, for one fixed price of $199.

Eligibility: The program is open to BMW’s that have reached 60 months or 60,000 miles, and are not currently covered by BMW Ultimate Care+ coverage.

The BMW Ultimate Care Oil Services plan includes unlimited oil and oil filter changes for three years for $199.00 plus taxes and disposal fees where applicable. Unlimited oil services included are based upon the associated BMW vehicle Condition Based Service (CBS) system. Non-CBS vehicles: annual low-mileage oil changes are included as outlined in your BMW Maintenance Booklet Available for all BMW vehicles that have reached 60 months or 60,000 miles and have no current Ultimate Care+ coverage. Plan is available for purchase once BMW vehicle has reached 54 months and has current BMW Ultimate Care Scheduled or BMW Ultimate Care+2 coverage. All work is carried out by BMW Trained Technicians using Original BMW Parts, which come with a two-year unlimited mileage limited warranty. Warranty repairs do not constitute an extension of the original limited warranty period for the vehicle or a part thereof.

EXPIRES: 09/30/2022
AC Service
Basic $69.95
  • Performance Check and System Deodorize.
AC Maintenance $159.99 + Recharge
  • Includes Evacuation, Vacuum, Leak detection and Recharge. (Leak diagnosis starting at $159.99 if applicable) *Excludes r12 vehicles, no dye on electric or hybrid type vehicles.

Coupon has no cash value. Must present coupon at time of service. May not be combined with any other coupon. Excludes r12 vehicles, no dye on electric or hybrid type vehicles. If any refrigerant needs to be added to the system, there will be an additional cost for the amount needed to fill the system to correct capacity.

EXPIRES: 09/30/2022

No matter how many miles your BMW has driven, you’ll benefit from the expertise of BMW Trained Technicians, the precision-matched engineering of Original BMW Parts, and transparent, up-front pricing that is a perfect fit for you and your BMW.

BMW value service applies to select services and models.

$99.95 4 and 6 cylinder BMW models included in the Value Service Program.

$129.95 8 cylinder BMW models included in the Value Service Program.

$179.95 All other, including BMW M and diesel models, included in the Value Service program.

Oil service utilizes premium synthetic BMW oil. Oil viscosities may vary by model. Prices include oil, parts and labor. Topping off diesel emission fluid is not included. Applies specifically to certain BMW models included in the Value Service Program. Taxes and additional costs may apply. Ask your BMW Center for further details and participation.

EXPIRES: 09/30/2022

Additional Details:
Our expert detailers will restore your BMW’s shine inside and out so you can feel amazing getting behind the wheel of your Ultimate Driving Machine®

BMW Seattle is now offering Complimentary Transform Sanitizing service when you purchase an Interior or Full Detail

Our detail specialists apply Transform to all interior surfaces of your vehicle to sanitize and deodorize all at once with no chemical smell

We also offer a Vehicle Hand Wash for $69.99
This includes:

  • Hand wash exterior
  • Complete interior vacuum, and clean all windows inside and out
  • Wipe down all door jambs and trunk jambs
  • Clean wheels and tires/apply dressing

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact BMW Seattle. Coupon has no cash value. Must present coupon at time of service. May not be combined with any other coupon.

EXPIRES: 09/30/2022

Additional Details:
Wheel alignment is an important part of your BMW’s performance. BMW Approved tires are designed to work with BMW components. Special adapters and software designed for your BMW are used to provide a precise wheel alignment.

Offer valid only with in-store purchase of 4 BMW approved tires. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact BMW Seattle. Coupon has no cash value. Must present coupon at time of service. May not be combined with any other coupon. Offer only valid 09/01/2021 through 09/30/2021

EXPIRES: 09/30/2022
Seasonal Coolant Flush Service
$25.00 Off

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