What Is the VW Warning Light That Looks Like a Car With a Screw Sticking Out?

June 14th, 2016 by

Car With Screw Volkswagen Warning Light Explained
Throughout the many years that you’ll drive a car, you will come across many different dashboard warning lights. Some, like the low fuel or low battery power lights, are easy to decode. Others may look a little confusing. That is why we’ve put together this guide so that you can have the car with screw Volkswagen warning light explained to you.

Many may wonder, why does my Volkswagen have a dashboard warning light in the shape of a car with a screw sticking out of it? It’s a good question, because it does look a little odd. The truth, however, is that the car with the screw symbol isn’t depicting a screw at all.

The warning light is actually displaying a car with an enlarged gas cap. What does it mean? It means that the fuel cap on your Volkswagen is either loose, off or missing.

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Is It Safe to Drive a Car Without a Fuel Cap?

If you do happen to lose your Volkswagen’s gas cap for some reason, don’t panic. It happens more often than you might think, and many drivers wonder if it’s dangerous to drive without the fuel cap on.

Though you will likely be OK driving your vehicle to get a replacement fuel cap, it isn’t recommended long term. The reason it isn’t a good idea to do so is that debris could potentially find it’s way into your tank if the gas cap is left off. In addition, gas fumes might be able to more easily leak their way out of the fuel tank. So, you may not notice problems immediately, but over time it could cause some issues.

How to Replace a Missing Volkswagen Gas Cap
So, since it’s recommended that you get a replacement fuel cap as soon as you can should you lose yours, it raises the question of how you actually go about getting a new one. First of all, if you notice yours is missing, you probably left it at the last gas station you filled up at. Go back there and check at the service counter to see if they have any that were left behind.

If you aren’t able to track down your missing fuel cap, you will need to get a new one. Doing so should be easy enough with your local Volkswagen dealer. If you live in the Las Vegas or Henderson NV area, you can either order parts through our website or contact us to have one of the automotive professionals at Findlay Volkswagen help you out.

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Now that you have had the odd-looking car with screw Volkswagen warning light explained to you, be sure to check back to the Findlay Volkswagen blog for more tips about life with your VW.