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When I start the my 2008 VW beetle in the morning, a red picture shows up on the dash board that looks like a small flag in water. What does it mean? Am I at risk to drive the car before I get the symbol checked out? Is it the oil or some other fluid indicator?

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Violette, I do believe that you may be talking about your low coolant light, this may be a simple remedy by topping off your coolant reservoir to the Full line and marked on the jug.

Gail Dunn, Owner at Women's Automotive Connection Violette This is the temperature indicator on your vehicle. It means there is a problem with the cooling system, and should be addressed immediately. Overheating the engine could cause catastrophic problems. Get it to a shop ASAP.

Gelina Aquilina, Service Advisor / Mechanic at Sounds like the temperature light. Check the antifreeze in the radiator, make sure it's full & it'll probably need to be looked at by a mechanic.

Maryann Croce, Owner at Croce’s Transmission Specialists Violette, On your 2008 VW Beetle: The image your described is a a coolant indicator light. It's best to have your coolant level checked first. Good Luck

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