A Volkswagen dashboard with all warning lights illuminated, including the lightbulb with the exclamation point.

What does the light bulb with the exclamation point icon mean in my Volkswagen?

Volkswagen Light Bulb with Exclamation Point

Figuring out the meaning of dashboard warning lights can sometimes feel like attempting to crack a secret code. While once you learn the meaning they may seem straightforward and clear, before you do so that symbol may appear to mean anything.

One VW dashboard light we get a lot of questions about is the light bulb with an exclamation point inside it. What is the meaning of this dashboard warning light?

In addition to the Light Bulb with Exclamation Point, there are several other Light Bulb warning lights and an orange Exclamation Point warning light.

Volkswagen light bulb with exclamation point icon on a black background.If illuminated, the light bulb with an exclamation point icon means that one of your exterior bulbs has burnt out (or at least, your Volkswagen believes it has). Check the operation of all exterior bulbs and have the defective one replaced as soon as possible.

What exterior lights are on a vehicle?

Exterior bulbs on a Volkswagen include all lighting and signaling devices mounted or integrated on the front, rear, sides and even top of your vehicle. The rig generally includes headlamps (both low and high beam), park lights, daytime running lights, fog lights, signal lights, side marker lights, cab lights, taillights, brake lights, center mount brake lights, reverse lights, and hazard flasher lights.

As you can see, there are a lot of possible lights that can burn out on a VW. When getting a replacement, it’s important that you get the right one. Check out our VW parts and accessories store to find replacement bulbs for your Volkswagen. Getting a certified VW bulb will ensure you get the optimal part to work with your vehicle.

Our Certified Volkswagen Service Center would be happy to replace your defective bulb. Our experienced team can ensure that the installation is done correctly and well.

Why are exterior lights important?

Having working exterior lights is very important, not just for your own ability to see where you’re going, but also for other drivers to see you. Lights have been shown to be a crucial factor in avoiding accidents. The wide variety of illuminators on a modern VW work together to ensure the maximum safety and visibility of your driving machine.