What Do the Lights on My Dashboard Mean? {Part 1}


Have you ever turned on your engine, only to see a brand new icon light up and utter confusion follow closely behind? Our vehicles are complicated and it’s important to know what all those lights and icons mean so you can maintain your car’s health and ensure its safety. Maybe you’re new to driving or perhaps you’re a seasoned driver who just needs a refresher. Either way, our new series “What Do the Lights on My Dash Mean?” will hopefully provide some insight on what all those many confusing icons are and what they mean about your vehicle and driving experience, so you can look out for potential problems!


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These lights signify the all-wheel drive or 4X4 system is engaged. They can also mean there is a problem with the all-wheel-drive system if the light remains on even when the system is disengaged.

The is the ABS light. On some vehicles, it may illuminate if the anti-lock braking system is active. If it remains illuminated, there is most likely a fault with the ABS system. Light can be yellow, orange or red.

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These signify adaptive cruise is engaged. If the light remains on when the system is disengaged, there may a problem with the adaptive cruise.

This can relate to a self-levelling suspension system or height-adjustable suspension. It may flash when system is raising or lowering the vehicle. If it’s constantly illuminated, there may be an issue with the suspension.

This icon represents self-levelling and/or active headlights. It relates to the high-intensity discharge headlights that self level. If the light stays illuminated, there may be an issue with the system.

This indicates low-beam headlights are currently turned on. It could be illuminated in green, yellow or even red. Note: it will never be illuminated in blue, as that colour refers to high beam head lights.

This signifies the high beam headlights are currently active. This warning light is always illuminated in a bright blue. If the light is always illuminated even when the high beams are not activated, there may be a fault with the lighting system.

This light indicates the automatic high beam headlights are active. Automatic high beams turn on and off when other vehicles are detected on the road. The light may remain illuminated even during the day time.

This illuminates when the front fog lights are on. This light differs from the rear fog light warning light by pointing towards the left with the horizontal lines angled slightly downward.

This signifies the rear fog lights are currently on. A rear fog light is used in poor weather conditions like fog, rain or snow. It allows vehicles approaching from behind to see your car. It should not be used in good weather conditions.



Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series next week! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to comment below or tweet us at @Advantage_Ford!


This information was shared from AutoGuide’s 2015 article called “What Does That Light on My Dash Mean?”

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