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What Does the Warning Light on My Dashboard Mean?

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If you see a new light illuminated on your dash that wasn’t there before, you have likely asked, “What does the light on my dashboard mean?” Each light has a different meaning, so it is important to know what these symbols signal. Greenway Kia West Palm Beach has provided a quick guide to dashboard warning lights below for our friends in the Westgate area.

Kia Dashboard Warning Lights and What They Mean

Oil Warning Light


Engine Oil Pressure Warning Light – No, you won’t be getting a genie and three wishes; that’s your oil lamp. An illuminated oil pressure light could signal that your vehicle doesn’t have enough oil or that the oil is not circulating as it should.

Check Engine Warning Light


Malfunction Indicator Light – Also known as the check engine light, this light is a sign from the car’s engine computer that something is wrong.

Electronic Parking Brake Warning Light


Electric Parking Brake (EPB) Warning Light – This simply lets you know that your parking brake is engaged.

Seat Belt Warning Light


Seat Belt Warning Light – This light is designed to remind passengers to wear their seatbelts. The warning chime may also sound if the driver’s seatbelt is not fastened.

Lights on Warning Light


Lights ON Indicator Light – This light will illuminate when your vehicle’s headlights are on.

Brights Warning Light


High Beam Indicator Light – This light will illuminate when your vehicle’s brights are on.

Fog Light Warning Light


Front Fog Light Indicator Light – This light will illuminate when your vehicle’s fog lights are on.

Forward Collision Warning Light


Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist – Pedestrian (FCA-Ped) Warning Light – This light shows that this feature, which warns the driver and brakes if necessary if a pedestrian is detected in the vehicle’s path, is on.

AWD Warning Light


All-Wheel Drive (AWD) Warning Light – This light signals there is a problem with the AWD system.

AWD Lock Warning Light


All-Wheel Drive (AWD) Lock Indicator Light – The AWD system is locked.

Power Steering Warning Light


Electronic Power Steering (EPS) Warning Light – Your EPS system is not functioning properly.

Battery Warning Light


Battery/Charging Warning Light – If your vehicle detects an issue with your battery or alternator, this light will pop on.

Airbag Warning Light


Airbag Warning Light – If this light is on and you are involved in a collision, your airbags may not deploy. It could also be a sign that there is an issue with your seatbelts.

Low Fuel Warning Light


Low Fuel Level Warning Light – This light simply lets you know that you need to soon stop and refuel your vehicle.

Immobilizer Warning Light


Immobilizer Indicator Light – If a key isn’t recognized, you will see this light.

Engine Temperature Warning Light


Engine Coolant Temperature Warning Light – This light lets you know if your coolant, and in turn, your engine, is overheating.

Icy Roads Warning Light


Icy Road Warning Indicator Light – If the weather conditions could lead to icy roads, you will hear a chime and this light will remain on.

tpms Warning Light


Low Tire Pressure Light / Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Malfunction Indicator Light – If one or more tires are underinflated, or there is an issue with the TPMS system, this light will illuminate.

ABS Warning Light
Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) Warning Light – This warning light tells you that your ABS system is not working correctly. Your brakes will still work, but if you need to make an emergency stop on Jupiter roads, ABS may not work.
Stability Control Off Warning Light


Electronic Stability Control (ESC) OFF Indicator Light – This light tells you that ESC has been deactivated.

Stability Control Warning Light


Electronic Stability Control (ESC) Warning Indicator Light – This light goes on when the vehicle is attempting to maintain traction control.

Auto Hold Warning Light


AUTO HOLD Indicator – When this feature, which automatically applies and releases the parking brake in situations such as stop and go traffic, is activated, you will see this dashboard light.

Cruise Control Warning Light


Cruise Control ON Indicator – This light lets you know that cruise control has been engaged.

Master Warning Light


Master Warning Light – This light is typically accompanied by another warning light. It indicates the detection of one or more warning systems.

Electronic Brake Force Warning Light
Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) System Warning Light (two separate indicators on Instrument Cluster lit at same time) – This indicates that the EBD system is unavailable or not functioning properly. In combination, this warns of a fault in the system.
Lane Keeping Warning Light


Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)* ON/OFF Indicator Light – This light turns on or off based on whether or not you are using the LKA feature.

LED Headlamp Warning Light


LED Headlamp Warning Indicator – When you turn the ignition switch or the Engine Start/Stop button on or when the LED headlamps are malfunctioning, it could cause this light to turn on.

Do You Have Questions About Your Dashboard Warning Lights?

If you still are wondering, “what does the light on my dashboard mean?”, the friendly folks at Greenway Kia West Palm Beach would be more than happy to assist you. Contact us with any questions, or stop by our service center to have your vehicle checked out by a professional.

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