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I have a mini cooper and every so often symbols come on when I first start up the car. Evidently this is the only time these symbols come on (versus staying on if there is a problem) which is a hassle, because its hard to remember what they are. But here is a list I found to help other Mini drivers like myself:
Oil Pressure Warning Light. This symbol light usually is turned on when the ECU of the car detects any problem with the oil pressure. It usually indicates that the engine oil level is too low. Solution: Stop the car immediately, switch off the engine, and wait until the engine is cool down, top up the engine oil if the level is low. If the light is still on, consult any mechanic. P/S: This light is usually on when you switch on the ignition and it should be gone as soon as the engine starts.
Battery Charge Warning Light. If the light is on during the car is running, it indicates that the car batteryis not charge. It could be some faulty of the charging system. Solution: Consult any mechanic.
Brake System Warning Light. If the e-brake or handbrake is engaged, the light will on. If the light remains illuminated after the handbrake is released, it may indicate brake fluid level is low. If the fluid level is correct, it may be the sensor fault.
ABS Warning Light. If the light is on while driving, it indicates a malfunction of the ABS system.Solution: Consult a mechanic as soon as possible.
Warning light - Unidentified problem. Computer or ECU in the car sometimes hardly knows what the problem is. It usually indicates the car needs to be serviced.
Engine Warning Light/OBD Indicator. You can always see this symbol in mostthe cars. If the light is on, it indicates that the car should be serviced. It could probably the engine malfunction or some other problems related to the car engine.
Low Fuel. It's LOWWWWWWWWW FUEL, Please refill!
High Beam Light. This symbol light is on when the driver turn on the high beam mode of the headlights. If the light is on when high beam is off, it could be the sensor's fault.
Windshield Wash Symbols. Most of the new car has windshield wash, therefore this icon is common for most of the cars. The symbol notifies the driver when the windshield wipers are activated.
Windshield Defrost. It is turned on once the driver presses the windshield defrost button.
Fuel Filter Water Trap. This symbol is normal but ONLY for diesel engines car. If the light is on while driving the car, it indicates water is detected in the fuel filter. Solution: It is usually safe to drive the car but have to get the water in the fuel filter drained off as soon as possible.
Temperature Warning Light. The symbol looks like a thermometer. It warns the driver that the engine is overheating. Solution: Find a safe place and stop the car immediately.
Fog Beam Indicator. This is pretty basic and pretty simple. If the fog beam is on, the symbol illuminates.
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The tire symbol means you have low air pressure in a tire. The Brake symbol means you have left the emergency brake on or have low brake fluid level-usually because brakes are worn and need replacement.
by the sounds of it sounds like one of 2 lights that light up, the one is indicating that the coolant level is low so this would need checking, if its not low then it may be the next problem im going to tell you about, is the wavey water picture above a tank or below, if the wavey part is above the tank on the warning light then its coolant level, if the coolant level is ok then chances are either the sensor is faulty of the connections are faulty, the level sensor is located in the lid of the coolant filler cap so unplug the connector and plug back in and see if that makes any difference, if not then the sensor needs replacing,
now if the wavey water symbol is below an object on the warning light then this is telling us that the fuel filter has sensed their is water setting in the filter, now this only happens with diesels and usually its a faulty sensor and not that their is water in the fuel, if it is the fuel warning light then most of the time it cant be fixed unless the sensor is changed but even then its no guarantee it will put the light out,