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What Does the Light On My Dashboard Mean?

Your dashboard is packed with crucial driver information, but sometimes it’s difficult to decipher the many symbols and numbers that you see. So, what does the light on my dashboard mean on my FIAT 500? Before you start to worry, FIAT of Tacoma is here to help you find out the source of your car issues.

Common Warning Lights

If you’re wondering what does the light on my dashboard mean, it’s time to start the troubleshooting process. We’ve broken down the most common warning lights into three different categories: engine, brakes, and safety. 


  • Coolant Temp Warning: There’s a problem with your fan or your coolant, including leaks and low levels.
  • Service Vehicle: You might have an issue with your electrical system.
  • Reduced Power Warning: A component of your engine may be malfunctioning.
  • Cruise Control: When you use cruise control, this light will stay illuminated as long as the system is on.


  • Brake System: You could have a braking system issue ranging from low brake fluid to ABS malfunction.
  • Traction Control or ESP: Your electronic stability system is currently in use.


  • Security Alert: There is a breach in your cabin, which could be as simple as a door left ajar.
  • Fog Lamp: This reminder light lets you know when your brights are on.
  • Airbag Fault: Something is not functioning properly within your airbag system.
  • Washer Fluid Reminder: Your windshield washer fluid is lower than recommended, so it’s time for a refill.

FIAT 500 Oil Light Reset

We frequently get calls from Seattle to Olympia about the oil maintenance light on the FIAT. If you’ve already got an oil change on the schedule and you want to reset the oil maintenance light in the meantime, follow these steps:

500C Models

  • Turn the ignition on, but don’t start the engine.
  • Steadily press the accelerator pedal all the way down three times in 10 seconds.
  • Turn the ignition off.
  • Restart the engine.

500L Models

  • Turn the ignition on, but don’t start the engine.
  • Use the steering wheel buttons to find “Settings” and select the right arrow.
  • Find “Vehicle Menu” and select the right arrow.
  • Scroll to “Oil Life” and select the right arrow.
  • Press and hold the “OK” button until you see “Reset Successful.”

Schedule Your Service at FIAT of Tacoma

So, what does the light on my dashboard mean? Find out with a trip to FIAT of Tacoma. We’re located in Tacoma, near neighboring Lakewood, so schedule your service today!

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