Common Mercedes-Benz Dashboard Symbols & Meanings
Icon: Circle with “ABS” in the center and one curved line on either side
Meaning: The Anti-Lock Brake System is deactivated, as well as ESP®, BAS®, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, and Hill-Start Assist. You can slow and stop, but the system won’t sense or respond to emergency braking or vehicle instability.
Steering Wheel Light
Icon: Steering wheel with an exclamation point next to it
Meaning: Power steering isn’t working. You’ll need to forcefully
Icon: Battery with a plus and minus sign
Meaning: The battery isn’t charging properly. This could be due to a malfunctioning alternator, poly-v belt, or a problem with the electrical system.
Brake Wear Light
Icon: Circle with a dotted line on either side
Meaning: It’s time to replace the brake pads and/or brake rotors. To avoid vehicle damage and safety hazards, schedule a brake replacement ASAP.
ATTENTION ASSIST® Light
Icon: Steaming cup on a saucer
Meaning: ATTENTION ASSIST® monitors your driving behaviors for signs of sleepiness. This light means it’s time for a break.
Check Engine Light
Meaning: This light can signify an issue with the engine itself, fuel or fuel injection systems, ignition, or exhaust. High emissions could have also caused the engine to enter emergency mode.
Glow Plug Light
Icon: Yellow coil
Meaning: Glow plugs heat the cylinders inside a diesel engine, such as one inside the Sprinter Van. When this light is on, the glow plugs are in the process of heating the cylinders.