MINI Cooper Warning Lights: What Do They Mean?

MINI Cooper dashboard

With multiple MINI Cooper warning light symbols, Oakland drivers may be wondering what an illuminated light on their dashboard means. See if the warning light indicates an issue that needs repair at the East Bay MINI Authorized Service Center service center or if it is simply one of your vehicle’s advanced safety features. East Bay MINI Authorized Service Center has compiled a list of the most common MINI Cooper warning light meanings below.

Red MINI Cooper Warning Light

Red MINI Cooper warning lights typically indicate these main issues:

  • Approach Control Warning: This light warns you of a possible impending collision or if you are too close to the car directly in front of you.
  • Person Warning: If a potential collision with a pedestrian is detected, you will see this light on your dashboard and hear an audible alert.
  • Brake System: The light lets you know that there is a problem with your brakes. Drive with caution and set up an appointment at our service center as soon as you can.
  • Parking Brake: This light tells you that the parking brake is engaged. It will need to be released before you are able to once again drive the vehicle.

Orange MINI Cooper Warning Light

Orange MINI Cooper warning light symbols are usually part of the MINI Cooper safety and driver assist features:

  • Active Cruise Control: The number of bars illuminated let you know the distance level that has been pre-selected.
  • Vehicle Detection: Part of the Active Cruise Control System, you will see this symbol when the system recognizes a car ahead of your MINI Cooper. If the light flashes, there is a reason why the system is not functioning as it should.

Yellow MINI Cooper Warning Lights

  • Steering System: Have your vehicle inspected by a professional as soon as possible because a component of your steering system is malfunctioning.
  • Anti-Lock Braking System: Avoid braking suddenly if possible because the brake force boost may not be working. This requires immediate service.
  • Engine Light: The MINI Cooper yellow engine warning light lets you know that there is an issue with the emission system. If there is excessive engine misfiring, the light will begin to flash.
  • Tire Pressure Monitor: When you see this indicator, it usually means that you have one or more tire with low pressure. To fix this issue, all you need to do is ensure your tires are filled to the proper levels. If properly inflating your tires does not solve the problem, or if the light starts flashing, a system reset may be required.
orange MINI Cooper facing the front

Contact East Bay MINI Authorized Service Center For Your Service Needs

MINI Cooper models are known for being reliable vehicles, but even they need regular maintenance like MINI oil change service and occasional repairs to avoid issues like overheating. If your MINI Cooper needs service or new tires, contact the highly-skilled professionals at the East Bay MINI Authorized Service Center service center. Need tips for maintaining your MINI leather car seats? Explore our guide for everything you need to know!

MINI Service Specials



Every MINI needs regular oil changes.  With the MINI Maintenance Oil Services Program, you’ll receive 3 years of unlimited oil and oil filter changes based on your MINI’s Condition Based Services System (CBS), for one fixed price of $199. 
Eligibility Info:  The program is open to MINIs that have reached 60 months or 60,000 miles and are not currently covered by MINI Maintenance+ coverage. 

The MINI Maintenance Oil Services plan includes unlimited oil and oil filter changes for three years for $199.00 plus taxes and disposal fees where applicable. Unlimited oil services included are based upon the associated MINI vehicle Condition Based Service (CBS) system. Available for all MINI vehicles that have reached 60 months or 60,000 miles and have no current MINI Maintenance+ coverage. Plan is available for purchase once MINI vehicle has reached 54 months and has current Scheduled MINI Maintenance or MINI Maintenance+2 coverage. All work is carried out by MINI Trained Technicians using MINI Original Parts, which come with a two-year unlimited mileage limited warranty. Warranty repairs do not constitute an extension of the original limited warranty period for the vehicle or a part thereof. © 2021 MINI USA, a division of BMW of North America, LLC. The MINI name, model names and logo are registered trademarks.

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