Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

What Do the Press Clutch or Press Brake Pedal Warning Lights Mean?

What Do the Press Clutch or Press Brake Pedal Warning Lights Mean?

Volkswagen and Audi vehicles have a dash light for just about everything. These days, they even have lights to remind you to press the clutch or brake pedal! Depending on the type of transmission you have, you will have one light or the other. Other manufacturers may use these lights as well, but they are primarily found on Volkswagen and Audi vehicles.

What the press clutch pedal or press brake pedal warning light means

For manual transmissions, the press clutch pedal light is just a reminder that the clutch needs to be pressed in before the engine can be started. Once the clutch pedal is depressed, the light should go off and you can begin your journey. The symbol for this light is yellow and is just a shoe with a circle around it.

Unlike the press clutch light, the press brake pedal light is green in color. Only equipped on automatic transmissions, this light will illuminate after the engine is started and reminds the driver that the brake pedal has to be pressed in order to shift out of Park mode. As soon as you have stepped on the brakes, the light should go out. The press brake pedal light is similar to the clutch light, but has extra curved lines on either side to represent brake shoes.

Is it safe to drive with the press clutch pedal or press brake pedal warning light on?

Neither of these lights should turn on while you are driving. The press clutch light should only come on before the engine has been started and the press brake light should only come on while you’re still in Park mode.

If these lights are on at any other time, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your brakes or clutch have an issue, as it can be caused by an issue with the software on the vehicle. There are separate lights to warn of any issues with your brakes or clutch. If these lights stay illuminated or turn on for the wrong type of transmission in your vehicle, our certified technicians are always available to help you get to the bottom of the issue.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

P0121 OBD-II Trouble Code: TPS "A" Circuit Range Performance Problem
P0121 code definition Throttle Pedal Position Sensor/Switch (TPS) A Circuit Range Performance Problem What the P0121 code means P0121 is a generic OBD-II code which indicates that the Engine Control...
How to Transfer a Car Title in Idaho
In order to prove ownership of a car, you must have the title. However, when a car is sold, given away or inherited, the title needs...
How to Get a Louisiana Driver's Permit
s licensing program. The first step in this program is to obtain...


Related questions

Q: Can your fork from your gear box break and be pressured into the clutch and break? 2005 Mini Cooper

Hi there - if you are speaking of a shifter fork in the gearbox - it is not possible that a gear selector fork has damaged the clutch. It is conceivable, however unlikely, that the clutch throwout bearing fork has...

Q: Speedometer is erratic and the S light is on

There are a few different components that can cause these issues. The main one is the vehicle speed sensor (VSS). This is located on your transmission, and communicates to the engine what speed the transmission is receiving. The VSS also...

Q: My brake pedal goes straight to the floor when I press down to brake and my car take a second longer to stop

You should first look in the master cylinder reservoir to see if there is fluid in it. If the fluid is low or gone then you will need to fill the brake fluid. After the fluid is filled then have...