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Hi Patty, what does a yellow light with a lightning bolt trough it on the dashboard of my 2004 Volkswagen Beetle convertible mean? It came on and has not gone off. I'm afraid to drive it because I might get stuck somewhere!

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Barbara, This is your check engine light, you can visit a few select auto part stores and they will hook an on board diagnostics (OBD) tester free of charge, so you have a more clear understanding on your drivability concern.

Gelina Aquilina, Service Advisor / Mechanic at Sounds like the electronic throttle control light. If the electronic throttle control light comes on during start up or while driving, then there is a fault condition developing in the system. If the vehicle still drives normally, then have the vehicle diagnosed and inspected at a qualified repair shop as soon as possible because, at some point, the vehicle may not be drivable.

Maryann Croce, Owner at Croce’s Transmission Specialists Hi Barbara, On your 04 Volkswagen Beetle: It sounds like it could be your check engine light. Industry name is (MIL) malfunction indicator lamp. Check your owners manual for clarification. Then get it diagnosed by a reputable shop who will let you know the reason it is on and the correct repair. Good Luck.

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