Mysterious Orange Dash Light Message

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Old 28 Dec 2006, 09:44 am   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all,
Could someone please tell me what it means when an orange light goes on
every time I shift from "Park" to "Drive"? It looks like a picture of a
car with two "lights" on towards the back/rear of the car. It doesn't
come on when the car's turned on - only when I put it in gear.
Here's what I've been doing that's different from my usual driving
pattern: Moved from warm, flat Texas to snowy, hilly PA and have been
driving the car with the overdrive set to "Off" so I don't keep riding
the brakes going downhill in snowy, icy conditions. PLEASE tell me I
haven't messed up my transmission in any way. The car has only 74,000
miles and it's a 2000 Camry.
Thanks for the help!

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Old 28 Dec 2006, 10:30 am   #2 (permalink)
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You hkadukchum wrote:
> Hello all,
> Could someone please tell me what it means when an orange light goes on
> every time I shift from "Park" to "Drive"? It looks like a picture of a
> car with two "lights" on towards the back/rear of the car.


You have a burned-out brake light.
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Old 28 Dec 2006, 03:44 pm   #3 (permalink)
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On Thu, 28 Dec 2006 11:30:15 -0500, Nobody Important
<Dr.Xenon1@gmail.NOSPAM.com> wrote:

>You hkadukchum wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> Could someone please tell me what it means when an orange light goes on
>> every time I shift from "Park" to "Drive"? It looks like a picture of a
>> car with two "lights" on towards the back/rear of the car.

>
>You have a burned-out brake light.


The orange light is an indicator that a rear light is out.

It will be off when you start the car.

If it goes on when you step on the brake peddle, you have a burned out
brake light. Don't forget to check the high center brake light too. If
you can't find a burned out brake light, it could be a dirty or
corroded connection to one of the bulbs, or it could be a "weak"
filament in a bulb.

Note: You have to step on the brakes to shift out of Park, so you
think it is coming on when you shift, but I'll bet is is coming on
when you step on the brakes.

If the orange warning light comes on when you turn the lights on, it
indicates a running light in the back of the car is out. Running
lights are the lights that come on when you turn the light switch to
the first position. These running lights stay on when you switch the
headlights on too.
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Old 07 Jan 2007, 05:17 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Mysterious Orange Dash Light Message

Thank you everyone for your help. It WAS my brake light that was not
working (the one in the center, inside the car).


username@mailserver.mail wrote:
> On Thu, 28 Dec 2006 11:30:15 -0500, Nobody Important
> <Dr.Xenon1@gmail.NOSPAM.com> wrote:
>
> >You hkadukchum wrote:
> >> Hello all,
> >> Could someone please tell me what it means when an orange light goes on
> >> every time I shift from "Park" to "Drive"? It looks like a picture of a
> >> car with two "lights" on towards the back/rear of the car.

> >
> >You have a burned-out brake light.

>
> The orange light is an indicator that a rear light is out.
>
> It will be off when you start the car.
>
> If it goes on when you step on the brake peddle, you have a burned out
> brake light. Don't forget to check the high center brake light too. If
> you can't find a burned out brake light, it could be a dirty or
> corroded connection to one of the bulbs, or it could be a "weak"
> filament in a bulb.
>
> Note: You have to step on the brakes to shift out of Park, so you
> think it is coming on when you shift, but I'll bet is is coming on
> when you step on the brakes.
>
> If the orange warning light comes on when you turn the lights on, it
> indicates a running light in the back of the car is out. Running
> lights are the lights that come on when you turn the light switch to
> the first position. These running lights stay on when you switch the
> headlights on too.


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