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What Does the Light on Your Dashboard Mean?

When dashboard warning lights pop up on a drive through Boca Raton, it can surely have you feeling confused and worried. You wouldn’t believe how many times our service experts are asked, “What does the light on my dashboard mean?” To help you understand what’s going on with your ride, the team at Kia Delray breaks down some of the most common dashboard warning symbols and explains their meanings.

Common Kia Dashboard Warning Lights & Meanings

There are several categories covered by lights on the dashboard: engine, brakes, and informative/safety. Let’s break them down, so you can be prepared should any of the following pop up while you’re driving around Boynton Beach or West Palm Beach:

Kia Engine Lights

  • Service Vehicle: This is often caused by an electrical issue, like a low battery. Contact the Kia Delray service department to schedule an appointment.
  • Coolant Temp Warning: Your engine overheating and driving while it’s above regular operating temperature can cause permanent damage. Check your coolant levels, and make sure you don’t have a coolant leak. Malfunctioning fans can also prompt this alert.
  • Reduced Power Warning: Your engine is malfunctioning and not producing as much power as it should be. Get it checked as soon as possible.

Kia Brake Warning Lights

  • Brake System: Low brake fluid or ABS system sensors issues are typically the cause, but this could also point to an issue with rotors or calipers.

Kia Informative / Safety Lights & Symbols

  • Traction Control: Your electronic traction and stability control system is not operating properly.
  • Cruise Control: This light simply indicates that you’re using cruise control.
  • Washer Fluid Reminder: Your windshield washer fluid is low and needs to be refilled.
  • Fog Lamp: This light notifies you that your brights are on.
  • Security Alert: If your ignition switch is locked or a door is left ajar, this light will indicate either the tech malfunction or alert you of the open door.
  • Airbag Fault: Typically you will see this light once the car is started, and it means that there is a fault in the airbag system. If you see this light, you will need to bring your vehicle in for service to ensure your safety.
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