Nissan Maxima: Indicator lights
Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) indicator light
When the ignition switch is placed in the ON position, the light comes on for 2 seconds.
Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) position indicator light
When the ignition switch is placed in the ON position, the 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
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.
Front fog light indicator light (if so equipped)
The front fog light indicator light illuminates when the front fog lights are ON. See Fog light switch later in this section.
Front passenger air bag status light
The front passenger air bag status light 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 "SafetySeats, 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 the malfunction indicator light comes on steady or blinks while the engine is running, it may indicate a potential emission control and/or CVT 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, thelight 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 and/or CVT malfunction has been detected. Check the fuelfiller cap. If the fuel-filler cap is loose or missing, tighten or install the cap and continue to drive the vehicle. Thelight should turn off after a few driving trips. If thelight 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 blinkingAn 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 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.
Security indicator light
This light blinks when the ignition switch is placed in the OFF, LOCK or ACC position.
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.
Slip indicator light
This indicator will blink when the VDC system is operating, thus alerting the driver to the fact that the road surface is slippery and the vehicle is nearing its traction limits.
You may feel or hear the system working; this is normal.
The light will blink for a few seconds after the VDC system stops limiting wheel spin.
The indicator light also comes on when you place the ignition switch in the ON position.
Thelight will turn off after approximately 2 seconds if the system is operational. If the light does not come on have the system checked by a NISSAN dealer or qualified workshop.
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
This indicator light comes on when the Vehicle Dynamic Control off switch is pushed to OFF.
This indicates the Vehicle Dynamic Control has been turned off.
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 push the push-button ignition switch to 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 SLIP 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.