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BMW E39 Dashboard Light Symbols

Dashboard warnings on your E39 5 series depend on the BMW Problem. It could be an indicator light for ABS, airbag, engine light or something else. There are many reasons why the dashboard shows warning lights and below is a list of the lights on the dashboard. You might need to buy a scanner online which will show BMW trouble codes & reset the warning light for good!

If you need to reset a dashboard light or diagnose a fault on your BMW and it was made after 1997 we would reccomend the C110 Code Scanner. If your E39 5 series was made before 1997 we would reccomend the Carsoft 6.5 from Dominator Auto Diagnostics

If you need a new sensors to fix your BMW such as ABS sensor, MAF, camshaft & crankshaft, visit www.bavariandominator.co.uk

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bmw e38 dash warning light E39 5 Series Battery charge current. The the battery shows red it means the battery is no longer being charged. You need to get this checked out at a local garage, it could mean the battery needs replacing, or it could be something else like an alternator.

bmw e38 dash warning light E39 5 Series Engine oil pressure. If this light shows up you need to immediately check the oil level and top up as required.

bmw e38 dash warning light E39 5 Series Brake hydraulic system - this probably means that the brake fluid needs to be topped up.

bmw e38 dash warning light E39 5 Series Brake hydraulic system warning light for Canadian models. See above.

bmw e38 dash warning light E39 5 Series Parking brake light comes on when you engage the parking brake or handbrake.

bmw e38 dash warning light See above.

bmw e38 dash warning light E39 5 Series Fasten your seatbelt.

bmw e38 airbag dash warning light E39 5 Series Airbag SRS warning light. If this light shows it means there is a problem within the airbag system. You can reset the airbag light on the BMW E39 5 series by selecting a kit from the BMW airbag light reset tool section. We would recommend the B800 airbag reset tool. Here you can watch a video of the C110 tool resetting the BMW airbag light - The C110 is also available from our BMW airbag light section and will also read trouble codes & problem codes from other modules such as engine & ABS.


bmw e38 dash warning light E39 5 Series Dynamic brake control - fault in the DBC system. Conventional braking efficiency is available without limitations.

bmw e38 dash warning light See above

bmw e38 dash warning light E39 5 Series Indicated a fault within the ABS system (anti lock brake) and is most likely to be an ABS sensor which needs replacing. Visit Dominator Auto Diagnostics for E38 ABS sensors. You may also need a code reader to find out which sensor is at fault - for this job we would reccomend the C110 code reader or the Autel MD702. Here you can watch a video of the C110 diagnose a BMW ABS Light problem. The guide shows the scanner working on the E46, but works in the same way on all other models.


bmw e38 dash warning light See above

bmw e38 dash warning light E39 5 Series Automatic Stability Control, on or off. Also known as traction control.

bmw e38 dash warning light E39 5 Series Engine emissions. You need to plug a code reader into the diagnostic port to read a fault code. Choose a code reader from the BMW code reader section

bmw e38 dash warning light E39 5 Series Indicator warning light, left or right

bmw e38 dash warning light E39 5 Series Cruise control light.


If you see the ABS light appear on your BMW, the chances are you need to replace an ABS sensor. You are advised to use the C110 or Carsoft 6.5 to find out which ABS sensor needs to be replaced, and then visit www.bavariandominator.co.uk to find the BMW ABS sensor for your vehicle

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