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Lexus ES: If a warning light turns on or a warning buzzer sounds

Lexus ES (XZ10) Owner's Manual / When trouble arises / Steps to take in an emergency / If a warning light turns on or a warning buzzer sounds

Calmly perform the following actions if any of the warning lights comes on or flashes. If a light comes on or flashes, but then goes off, this does not necessarily indicate a malfunction in the system. However, if this continues to occur, have the vehicle inspected by your Lexus dealer.

Actions to the warning lights or warning buzzers

■ Brake system warning light (warning buzzer)

Warning light Details/Actions

Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

Indicates that:
  • The brake fluid level is low; or
  • The brake system is malfunctioning

Immediately stop the vehicle in a safe place and contact your Lexus dealer. Continuing to drive the vehicle may be dangerous.

■ Brake system warning light (warning buzzer)

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Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

Indicates a malfunction in:
  • The regenerative braking system;
  • The electronically controlled brake system; or
  • The parking brake system

 Have the vehicle inspected by your Lexus dealer immediately.

■ High coolant temperature warning light* (warning buzzer)

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Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

Indicates that the engine coolant temperature is too high

Immediately stop the vehicle in a safe place.

Handling method

*: This light illuminates on the multi-information display.

■ Charging system warning light* (warning buzzer)

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Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

Indicates a malfunction in the vehicle's charging system

Immediately stop the vehicle in a safe place and contact your Lexus dealer.

*: This light illuminates on the multi-information display.

■ Low engine oil pressure warning light* (warning buzzer)

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Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

Indicates that the engine oil pressure is too low

Immediately stop the vehicle in a safe place and contact your Lexus dealer.

*: This light illuminates on the multi-information display.

■ Malfunction indicator lamp (warning buzzer)

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Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

Indicates a malfunction in:
  • The hybrid system;
  • The electronic engine control system; or
  • The electronic throttle control system

Immediately stop the vehicle in a safe place and contact your Lexus dealer.

■ SRS warning light (warning buzzer)

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Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

Indicates a malfunction in:
  • The SRS airbag system;
  • The front passenger occupant classification system; or
  • The seat belt pretensioner system

Have the vehicle inspected by your Lexus dealer immediately.

■ ABS warning light (warning buzzer)

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Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

Indicates a malfunction in:
  • The ABS; or
  • The brake assist system

Have the vehicle inspected by your Lexus dealer immediately.

■ Brake Override System warning light/Drive-Start Control warning light* (warning buzzer)

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Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

When a buzzer sounds:
  • Brake Override System is malfunctioning;
  • Drive-Start Control is operating; or
  • Drive-Start Control is malfunctioning

Follow the instructions displayed on the multi-information display.

When a buzzer does not sound:

Brake Override System is operating

Release the accelerator pedal and depress the brake pedal.

*: This light illuminates on the multi-information display.

■ Electric power steering system warning light (warning buzzer)

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Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

Indicates a malfunction in the EPS (Electric Power Steering) system

Have the vehicle inspected by your Lexus dealer immediately.

■ Low fuel level warning light

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Indicates that remaining fuel is approximately 1.8 gal. (7 L, 1.5 Imp.gal.) or less

Refuel the vehicle.

■ Driver's and front passenger's seat belt reminder light (warning buzzer)*

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Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

Warns the driver and/or front passenger to fasten their seat belts

Fasten the seat belt.

If the front passenger's seat is occupied, the front passenger's seat belt also needs to be fastened to make the warning light (warning buzzer) turn off.

*: Driver's seat belt warning buzzer: The driver's seat belt warning buzzer sounds to alert the driver that his or her seat belt is not fastened. Once the power switch is turned to ON, the buzzer sounds. If the seat belt is still unfastened, the buzzer sounds intermittently for a certain period of time after the vehicle reaches a certain speed.

Front passenger's seat belt warning buzzer: The front passenger's seat belt warning buzzer sounds to alert the front passenger that his or her seat belt is not fastened. If the seat belt is unfastened, the buzzer sounds intermittently for a certain period of time after the vehicle reaches a certain speed.

■ Rear passengers' seat belt reminder lights (warning buzzer)*

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Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

Warns the rear passengers to fasten their seat belts

Fasten the seat belt.

*: Rear passengers' seat belt warning buzzer: The rear passengers' seat belt warning buzzer sounds to alert the rear passenger that his or her seat belt is not fastened. If the seat belt is unfastened, the buzzer sounds intermittently for a certain period of time after the seat belt is fastened and unfastened and the vehicle reaches a certain speed.

■ Tire pressure warning light

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Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

When the light comes on after blinking for approximately 1 minute:

Malfunction in the tire pressure warning system

Have the system checked by your Lexus dealer.

When the light comes on:

Low tire inflation pressure such as

  • Natural causes
  • Flat tire

Immediately stop the vehicle in a safe place.

Handling method

■ LTA indicator (warning buzzer)

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Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

Indicates a malfunction in the LTA (Lane Tracing Assist)

Follow the instructions displayed on the multi-information display.

■ Intuitive parking assist OFF indicator (warning buzzer)

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Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

When a buzzer sounds:

Indicates a malfunction in the intuitive parking assist function

Have the vehicle inspected by your Lexus dealer immediately.

When a buzzer does not sound:

Indicates that the system is temporarily unavailable, possibly due to a sensor being dirty or covered with ice, etc.

Follow the instructions displayed on the multi-information display.

■ RCTA OFF indicator (warning buzzer)

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Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

When a buzzer sounds:

Indicates a malfunction in the RCTA (Rear Cross Traffic Alert) function

Have the vehicle inspected by your Lexus dealer immediately.

When a buzzer does not sound:

Indicates that the rear bumper around the radar sensor is covered with dirt, etc.

Follow the instructions displayed on the multi-information display.

■ RCD OFF indicator (warning buzzer)

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Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

When a buzzer sounds:

Indicates a malfunction in the RCD (Rear Camera Detection) function

Have the vehicle inspected by your Lexus dealer immediately.

When a buzzer does not sound:

Indicates that the function temporarily cannot be used due to the camera being dirty, etc.

Follow the instructions displayed on the multi-information display.

■ PKSB OFF indicator (warning buzzer)

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Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

When a buzzer sounds:

Indicates a malfunction in the PKSB (Parking Support Brake) system

Have the vehicle inspected by your Lexus dealer immediately.

When a buzzer does not sound:

Indicates that the system is temporarily unavailable, possibly due to a sensor being dirty or covered with ice, etc.

Follow the instructions displayed on the multi-information display.

■ PCS warning light (warning buzzer)

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Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

When a buzzer sounds simultaneously:

Indicates a malfunction has occurred in the PCS (Pre-Collision System)

Have the vehicle inspected by your Lexus dealer immediately.

When a buzzer does not sound:

The PCS (Pre-Collision System) has become temporarily unavailable, corrective action may be necessary.

Follow the instructions displayed on the multi-information display.

If the PCS (Pre-Collision System) or VSC (Vehicle Stability Control) system is disabled, the PCS warning light will illuminate.

■ Slip indicator

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Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

Indicates a malfunction in:
  • The VSC system;
  • The TRAC system; or
  • The hill-start assist control system

Have the vehicle inspected by your Lexus dealer immediately.

■ Parking brake indicator

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Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

Indicates a malfunction in the parking brake system

Have the vehicle inspected by your Lexus dealer immediately.

■ Brake hold operated indicator (warning buzzer)

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Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

Indicates a malfunction in the brake hold system

Have the vehicle inspected by your Lexus dealer immediately.

■ Hybrid system overheat warning light* (warning buzzer)

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Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

Indicates that the hybrid system has overheated

Stop the vehicle in a safe place. Handling method

*: This light illuminates on the multi-information display.

■ Master warning light (warning buzzer)

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buzzer sounds and the warning light comes on and flashes to indicate that the master warning system has detected a malfunction.

■Warning buzzer In some cases, the buzzer may not be heard due to being in a noisy location or audio sound.

■Front passenger detection sensor, seat belt reminder and warning buzzer

■SRS warning light This warning light system monitors the airbag sensor assembly, front impact sensors, side impact sensors (front door), side impact sensors (front), side impact sensors (rear), driver's seat position sensor, driver's seat belt buckle switch, front passenger occupant classification system (ECU and sensors), "AIR BAG ON" indicator light, "AIR BAG OFF" indicator light, front passenger's seat belt buckle switch, seat belt pretensioners, airbags, interconnecting wiring and power sources.

■Electric power steering system warning light (warning buzzer) When the 12-volt battery charge becomes insufficient or the voltage temporarily drops, the electric power steering system warning light may come on and the warning buzzer may sound.

■When the tire pressure warning light comes on Inspect the tires to check if a tire is punctured.

If the tire pressure warning light blinks for approximately 1 minute then stays on

There may be a malfunction in the tire pressure warning system. Have the vehicle inspected by your Lexus dealer immediately.

If the tire pressure warning light comes on

1. After the temperature of the tires has lowered sufficiently, check the inflation pressure of each tire and adjust them to the specified level.

2. If the warning light does not turn off even after several minutes have elapsed, check that the inflation pressure of each tire is at the specified level and perform initialization.

■The tire pressure warning light may come on due to natural causes The tire pressure warning light may come on due to natural causes such as natural air leaks and tire inflation pressure changes caused by temperature. In this case, adjusting the tire inflation pressure will turn off the warning light (after a few minutes).

■When a tire is replaced with a spare tire The compact spare tire is not equipped with a tire pressure warning valve and transmitter.

If a tire goes flat, the tire pressure warning light will not turn off even though the flat tire has been replaced with the spare tire.

Replace the spare tire with the repaired tire and adjust the tire inflation pressure. The tire pressure warning light will go off after a few minutes.

WARNING

■If both the ABS and the brake system warning lights remain on Stop your vehicle in a safe place immediately and contact your Lexus dealer.

The vehicle will become extremely unstable during braking, and the ABS system may fail, which could cause an accident resulting in death or serious injury.

■When the electric power steering system warning light comes on When the light comes on yellow, the assist to the power steering is restricted.

When the light comes on red, the assist to the power steering is lost and handling operations of the steering wheel become extremely heavy.

When steering wheel operations are heavier than usual, grip the steering wheel firmly and operate it using more force than usual.

■If the tire pressure warning light comes on Be sure to observe the following precautions.

Failure to do so could cause a loss of vehicle control and result in death or serious injury.

WARNING

■If a blowout or sudden air leakage should occur The tire pressure warning system may not activate immediately.

■Maintenance of the tires Each tire, including the spare (if provided), should be checked monthly when cold and inflated to the inflation pressure recommended by the vehicle manufacturer on the vehicle placard or tire inflation pressure label (tire and load information label). (If your vehicle has tires of a different size than the size indicated on the vehicle placard or tire inflation pressure label [tire and load information label], you should determine the proper tire inflation pressure for those tires.)

As an added safety feature, your vehicle has been equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS-tire pressure warning system) that illuminates a low tire pressure telltale (tire pressure warning light) when one or more of your tires is significantly under-inflated. Accordingly, when the low tire pressure telltale (tire pressure warning light) illuminates, you should stop and check your tires as soon as possible, and inflate them to the proper pressure. Driving on a significantly under-inflated tire causes the tire to overheat and can lead to tire failure.

Under-inflation also reduces fuel efficiency and tire tread life, and may affect the vehicle's handling and stopping ability.

Please note that the TPMS (tire pressure warning system) is not a substitute for proper tire maintenance, and it is the driver's responsibility to maintain correct tire pressure, even if under-inflation has not reached the level to trigger illumination of the TPMS low tire pressure telltale (tire pressure warning light).

Your vehicle has also been equipped with a TPMS (tire pressure warning system) malfunction indicator to indicate when the system is not operating properly. The TPMS (tire pressure warning system) malfunction indicator is combined with the low tire pressure telltale (tire pressure warning light). When the system detects a malfunction, the telltale will flash for approximately one minute and then remain continuously illuminated.

This sequence will continue upon subsequent vehicle start-ups as long as the malfunction exists. When the malfunction indicator is illuminated, the system may not be able to detect or signal low tire pressure as intended.

TPMS (tire pressure warning system) malfunctions may occur for a variety of reasons, including the installation of replacement or alternate tires or wheels on the vehicle that prevent the TPMS (tire pressure warning system) from functioning properly. Always check the TPMS (tire pressure warning system) malfunction telltale after replacing one or more tires or wheels on your vehicle to ensure that the replacement or alternate tires and wheels allow the TPMS (tire pressure warning system) to continue to function properly.

NOTICE

■To ensure the tire pressure warning system operates properly Do not install tires with different specifications or makers, as the tire pressure warning system may not operate properly.

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