The Eight Most Confusing Car Buttons And Symbols

Updated: December 20, 2013

Every driver has seen a strange dashboard symbol or found an unfamiliar button in their car and wondered, “What the hell is that?”

8.) ‘PTY-CAT’ Button On Subarus

It cycles through “program type” and “category” to shuffle through your playlists.

7.) A Turn Indicator Switch On A Modern BMW

“BC” cycles through your dashboard display. Not that a BMW driver ever uses his turn signals, of course.

6.) The Tire Pressure Light

This light is obvious to gearheads, but more than a few normal folks don’t realize it means the air in one of your tires is low. Drivers’ ignorance of what this light means leads to a lot of headaches for mechanics

5.) Floor-Mounted High Beam Switch

When driving at night, it’s important not to burden a driver with the need to remove a hand from the wheel, especially when visibility conditions are changing. So, we’ll put high beam switch next to the BRAKE PEDAL

4.) Volkswagen/Audi FUNK Button

Funk means “radio” in German, and the button is a radio kill switch for police cars and taxi cabs.

3.) Toyota’s “Party Mode” Button

If any automaker knows a thing or two about wild parties, it’s Toyota! That’s why the 4Runner used to have a button that raised the bass and sent the sound to the rear of the car.

2.) The Rear Fog Lamp Button

The fog light button looks confusing enough, but drivers have to worry about the one in the rear as well.

1.) The Check Engine Light

Everyone knows what this light means, everyone dreads it, and everyone hates it.
It can mean anything from low washer fluid to your engine is 3 revolutions from mimicking a supernova and throwing its insides outside.

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