Nissan Sentra: Indicator lights
Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) position indicator light (CVT models)
When the ignition switch is placed in the ON position, this indicator light shows the shift selector position. See “Driving the vehicle” in the “Starting and driving” section of this manual.
Cruise main switch indicator light (if so equipped)
The light comes on when the cruise control main switch is pushed. The light goes out when the main switch is pushed again. When the cruise main switch indicator light comes on, the cruise control system is operational.
Cruise set switch indicator light (if so equipped)
The light comes on while the vehicle speed is controlled by the cruise control system. If the light blinks while the engine is running, it may indicate the cruise control system is not functioning properly.
Have the system checked by a NISSAN dealer.
Front passenger air bag status light
The front passenger air bag status light ( or ) will be lit and the passenger front air bag will be OFF depending on how the front passenger seat is being used.
For front passenger air bag status light operation, see “Front passenger air bag and status light” in the “Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system” section of this manual.
High beam indicator light (blue)
This blue light comes on when the headlight high beams are on and goes out when the low beams are selected.
The high beam indicator light also comes on when the passing signal is activated.
Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL)
If this indicator light comes on steady or blinks while the engine is running, it may indicate a potential emission control malfunction.
The Malfunction Indicator Light may also come on steady if the fuel-filler cap is loose or missing, or if the vehicle runs out of fuel. Check to make sure the fuel-filler cap is installed and closed tightly, and that the vehicle has at least 3 gallons (11.4 liters) of fuel in the fuel tank.
After a few driving trips, the light should turn off if no other potential emission control system malfunction exists.
If this indicator light comes on steady for 20 seconds and then blinks for 10 seconds when the engine is not running, it indicates that the vehicle is not ready for an emission control system inspection/maintenance test. See “Readiness for inspection/maintenance (I/M) test” in the “Technical and consumer information” section of this manual.
The Malfunction Indicator Light will come on in one of two ways.
● Malfunction Indicator Light on steady — An emission control system malfunction has been detected. Check the fuel-filler cap if the LOOSE FUEL CAP warning message is displayed in the odometer. If the fuel-filler cap is loose or missing, tighten or install the cap and continue to drive the vehicle.
The light should turn off after a few driving trips. If the light does not turn off after a few driving trips, have the vehicle inspected by a NISSAN dealer. You do not need to have your vehicle towed to the dealer.
● Malfunction Indicator Light blinking — An engine misfire has been detected which may damage the emission control system. To reduce or avoid emission control system damage.
– do not drive at speeds above 45 MPH (72 km/h).
– avoid hard acceleration or deceleration.
– avoid steep uphill grades.
– if possible, reduce the amount of cargo being hauled or towed.
The Malfunction Indicator Lamp Light may stop blinking and come on steady. Have the vehicle inspected by a NISSAN dealer. You do not need to have your vehicle towed to the dealer.
Continued vehicle operation without having the emission control system checked and repaired as necessary could lead to poor driveability, reduced fuel economy, and possible damage to the emission control system.
Overdrive off indicator light (CVT models)
The overdrive off indicator light illuminates when the overdrive off mode is selected.
For additional information, see “Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)” in the “Starting and driving” section of this manual.
Security indicator light
For vehicles without Intelligent Key: This light blinks whenever the ignition switch is placed in the LOCK, OFF or ACC position.
For vehicles with Intelligent Key: This light blinks when the ignition switch is placed in the LOCK position with the key removed from the ignition switch.
The blinking security indicator light indicates that the security systems equipped on the vehicle are operational.
For additional information, see “Security systems” later in this section.
Side light and headlight indicator light (green)
The side light and headlight indicator light illuminates when the side light or headlight position is selected. See “Headlight and turn signal switch” later in this section for further details.
Slip indicator light (if so equipped)
This indicator will blink when the VDC system or the traction control system is operating, thus alerting that the vehicle is nearing its traction limits. The road surface may be slippery.
Turn signal/hazard indicator lights
The appropriate light flashes when the turn signal switch is activated.
Both lights flash when the hazard switch is turned on.
Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) OFF indicator light (if so equipped)
This indicator light comes on when the Vehicle Dynamic Control off switch is pushed to OFF.
This indicates the Vehicle Dynamic Control system is not operating.
Push the Vehicle Dynamic Control off switch again or restart the engine and the system will operate normally. See “Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system” in the “Starting and driving” section of this manual.
The Vehicle Dynamic Control light also comes on when you place the ignition switch in the ON position. The light will turn off after about 2 seconds if the system is operational. If the light stays on or comes on along with the indicator light while you are driving, have the Vehicle Dynamic Control system checked by a NISSAN dealer.
While the Vehicle Dynamic Control system is operating, you might feel slight vibration or hear the system working when starting the vehicle or accelerating, but this is normal.
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