Indicator Lights on Your Dash
An average person spends up to 17,600 minutes a year in a vehicle. At some point during this time, an icon is going to illuminate on your dash. When this happens, we want you to be aware of what might be going on within your vehicle. The following information provided will help you understand what each light stands for and what they mean when they light up. If you do find that one of these lights come on you can always schedule an appointment with our Service Department at anytime here.
Airbag warning light– The airbag is not only in every vehicle but a significant safety feature. The airbag light comes on when there is a malfunction with the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS). The SRS system works with both the airbag and seat belt. If the airbag is not working correctly, then it could potentially not deploy if you are in an accident. If this light comes on, you need to have your vehicle taken in and looked at as soon as possible to your nearest certified Kia dealer.
Seat belt warning light– Along with the airbag, the seatbelt is also an important safety feature, and it a law to buckle up every time you drive somewhere. This light comes on when the seat belt is not fastened. The icon will flash and ding until the front two seat belts are buckled. This does not mean the back seat doesn’t need to buckle up, but the light will go off after the front two belts are fastened. If the light does not go off, this means there is most likely a sensor off, and you need to have it taken in and looked at.
Parking brake and Brake fluid warning light– This light will come on when the parking brake is on, and when the brake fluid level in the reservoir is low. If this light comes on and your parking brake is not engaged, then you should stop driving immediately. Once stopped shut off the vehicle and check the brake fluid level. If it is low, or you see a leak, call your roadside assistance and have the car towed to the nearest authorized Kia dealer.
Anti-lock brake system (ABS)– The ABS operates by preventing the wheels from locking up during braking, and in doing so helps maintain contact with the road surface. If the ABS light comes on this means the ABS is out. The normal braking system is still operational without the assistance of the anti-lock brake system, but you would need to take your vehicle into an authorized Kia dealer to be inspected.
Electronic brake force distribution warning light– This warning light means that both the parking brake warning light and the ABS warning lights are on at the same time. When this happens, the brake system will not work, and you can experience unexpected situations when trying to brake suddenly. If this is the case, you want to slow your speed and refrain from braking abruptly and take your vehicle to an authorized Kia dealer.
Electronic Parking Brake (EPB)– The icon will illuminate when the EPB is engaged. If you turn off the EPB and the light is still on, then there is a malfunction with the EPB and will need to be inspected by an authorized Kia dealer.
Electronic power steering warning light (EPS)– If your steering becomes heavy and the following light illuminates this most likely means your power steering has gone out. You can still steer your vehicle, but you will have to use more effort to turn the wheel. Take your vehicle into an authorized Kia dealer if you see this light on or you are exerting more effort to turn the wheel than usual.
Malfunction indicator lamp– This is more commonly known as the check engine light. If the light illuminates you can keep driving it, but it needs to be looked at as soon as possible. If the light comes on and flashes, you need to pull over immediately, shut off the car, and call roadside assistance to have it towed to an authorized Kia dealer. This light could mean there is damage to the emission control system, the catalytic converter, or the engine itself. If this light does come on, it is best to get it checked out by a certified Kia dealer to understand what could be going on.
Charging system warning light– This light illuminates when there is a malfunction with the electrical charging system, more commonly known as the battery, or the alternator. If this light comes on, stop driving as soon as you can, or pull over, and turn off your engine. Call a tow truck to take you to a certified Kia dealer.
Engine oil pressure warning light-This light turns on when the engine oil pressure is low. If this is the case, you need to pull your vehicle over and turn it off. Check your oil levels, and if the levels are low, add oil. If you do this and the light is still on, bring your vehicle into an authorized Kia dealer to have the car looked at. If the light is on and your engine starts to overheat do not drive it. This can damage the engine, so you would again need to have it taken into an authorized Kia dealer.
Master warning light– This comes on when there is an LED headlamp malfunction, a lamp malfunction or High Beam Assist malfunction. This can come on when other lights are on as well; it can be used to let you know there is something malfunctioning so look to see what other lights are on.
Autonomous emergency braking warning light (AEB)– AEB is a newer safety feature. When this feature is on the vehicle automatically stops if the driver fails to react in an emergency to prevent a forward collision. If this light illuminates, it means there is a malfunction with the AEB and should be taken to an authorized Kia dealer for inspection.
Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)-This feature is to help keep you in the lines when you are driving. The icon will be white when turned on, and will then turn green when driving. If you go out of the lines on the road you will hear a beep, and the icon will blink until you get back into the lines. If there is a malfunction with the LKA, the icon will turn yellow. You should then have it taken to your Kia dealer to have it inspected.
Low tire pressure warning light– This light illuminates when one or more of the tires are significantly lower. The icon will blink continuously if there is a malfunction with the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). If you have a low tire, you need to fill your tires with air as soon as possible. If you do not, you can cause tire and wheel damage. If after filling up your tires with air and have driven for a few miles, and the icon is still illuminated, then you need to take your vehicle to your local certified Kia dealer.
Low fuel warning light– This comes on when the fuel tank is close to empty. If the fuel tank light comes on, fill up your vehicle as soon as you can. If you drive with this light on or below empty (E) you can damage the catalytic converter and cause the engine to misfire.
All-wheel driving warning light– This indicates when there is an issue with the All Wheel Drive (AWD). You would need to have this inspected by an authorized Kia dealer.
AWD lock indicator light– This light will illuminate when you select the button and go off when you press the button again. This mode is to increase power when driving over snow, wet pavement, or to go off-roading.
Electronic stability control indicator light (ESC)– More commonly known as traction control, this icon lights up comes on when there are issues with the electronic stability control (ESC). It will blink when the ESC is operating.
Electronic stability control off indicator light– Otherwise known as the off traction control light comes on when you deactivate the ESC.
Door ajar warning light– Indicates that a door is open.
Tailgate open warning light– Indicates when your tailgate is open.
Immobilizer indicator light– Lets you know that there is not a smart key in the vehicle. You cannot start the car when this light is on. This light will blink when the battery is low in the smart key, or when there is a malfunction with the immobilizer system.
Washer fluid warning light– This light illuminates when the washer fluid is low. If the light stays on and your washer fluid is full, there is something wrong with the sensor and will need to be looked at by an authorized Kia dealer.
Cruise indicator light– Will illuminate when the cruise control is on.
Turn signal indicator light– These illuminate and blink when you turn your turn signal on. If the light does not blink but illuminates, blinks more rapidly than usual, or does not illuminate at all, then there is most likely a malfunction, and you need to have your vehicle taken into your certified Kia dealer.
High beam indicator light– Icon is on when the headlights are on and in the high beam position.
Light on indicator light– When the tail lights or headlights are on this icon will illuminate.
Front fog indicator light– When the front fog lights are on the light will illuminate.
ECO indicator light– When you select eco mode, the word ECO will come on. This mode helps improve fuel efficiency by controlling parameters within the engine and transaxle system. The fuel efficiency does depend on your driving habits and road conditions.
SPORT mode indicator light– When you select sport mode, the word SPORT will come on. SPORT mode focuses on dynamic driving by automatically adjusting the steering wheel, engine, and transaxle system. This mode may lower fuel efficiency.
If you would like more information on the different drive modes check out our blog post about the different modes here.
These are many of the icons that will come up when you are driving, but there are always more that you might notice. Your owner’s manual will have all of this information for you as well. If you do not have your owners manual anymore you can always check out our Owner’s Manual blog here. And of course if you feel like you are ready to get a new vehicle check out our awesome Kia inventory!
Check out our video on the different icons here!
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