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The red square shaped warning dash light is an image of a crudely drawn radiator indicating that you are low on coolant. Topping up your coolant bottle reservoir located on the passenger side above the wheel should clear up your issue. If your coolant level is full and is still indicating low coolant via dash warning light, you could possibly have a sensor out in the radiator or air bubbles in your coolant lines that need to be bled out.
At least not yet. As you already know, brown coolant is usually a sign of engine oil leaking into the radiator coolant. Could be a gasket leak such as the intake or a head gasket, or the oil cooler if your car is equipped. You said the warning light was on, was the radiator coolant level low ?
This indicates a low level of coolant in the coolant bottle/resevoir..... this symbol represents the radiator or coolant system liquid level.
Warning comes on to warn of coolant level too low.
When the engine is cold...remove the cap and check level. Add 50/50 antifreeze/water to level indicated on the side of the coolant bottle or tank.
Reservoir Bottles/tanks are usually transparent and you can see the coolant level through the plastic.
When coolant topped off to correct level, lamp will go out automaticly...no need for scanner or shop to turn it off. It will come on as a 'self check' when you turn on the ignition and if level is okay will go out when engine starts.
Check the coolant level. Recommended service interval of the dex-cool coolant is 5 years or 100,000 miles.Make sure the right coolant is in it.The dex-cool is orange/reddish in color and specifically on the bottle.The thermostat could be stuck as well.