Kia Warning Light Symbols: What Do They Mean?

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If one of your Kia warning lights turned on while driving on Sunnyvale roads, and you’re unsure of what your Kia dashboard light might mean, read our glossary for an overview of what each of the common Kia dash lights means. With 29 Kia warning light symbols, it’s understandable if you’re confused about whether your Kia TPMS light, Kia check engine light, or Kia malfunction indicator light have gone off, but we’ll get you to the bottom of the matter. If you find out that you need to promptly take your car in servicing, explore our Kia service specials and reach out to our service department in San Jose!

Kia Dashboard Light Meanings

With 29 Kia warning lights, it can be confusing to determine which of the Kia warning lights symbols indicate danger and which are totally harmless. Some Kia dash lights could simply indicate that your cruise control is active or your brights are on. Other lights like your Kia TPMS light indicate that you should stop at a Santa Clara gas station to pump up your tires, but don’t necessarily indicate an emergency.

Other lights, however, can indicate a serious issue. If you see a Kia warning light with an exclamation and triangle, this indicates that your Master Warning light was tripped. What does that mean? It indicates that your TPMS, washer fluid, or Blind Spot Detection systems are having issues. I could also mean that your fuel cap is open. Here are some other important lights to be aware of:

  • Engine Oil Pressure Warning Light: If your engine oil isn’t at the right pressure, you need to have your oil changed asap, as improper oil lubrication of your engine could result in overheating and catastrophic engine failure.
  • Electric Power Steering (EPS) Warning Light: Should this light come on, or you notice an extreme amount of effort is needed to make steering corrections, your power steering system has malfunctioned.
  • Malfunction (Engine Malfunction) Indicator Lamp: This is your Kia check engine light, and if it goes off, you should take your vehicle in for service ASAP.
  • TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) Malfunction Indicator: This horseshoe type symbol with an exclamation mark in middle usually turns on when your tire pressure is low. However, if it flashes, this means that the system is malfunctioning and can’t gauge pressure accurately.
  • Airbag Warning Light: This symbol will simply say “AIRBAG.” It indicates that your airbag system is malfunctioning. For the sake of your safety, you’ll want to take your car in promptly.
  • ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) Warning Light: This light features the text, “ABS,” surrounded by a circle and parentheses. This indicates that your braking system needs to be examined. Since this is critical for your safety, you shouldn’t wait to take your vehicle in if this lights up.
  • Engine Coolant Temperature Warning Light: This flashes if your engine is overheating and stays lit in red. This could indicate that your model is about to experience massive vehicle failure, in which case, you need to pull over immediately and have your car towed to our garage.

Reach Out to Capitol Kia for Expert Kia Service

Now that Morgan Hill drivers are better acquainted with their Kia warning lights symbols and know which Kia dashboards lights are truly emergencies, if you find that you need Kia service, reach out to Capitol Kia. We’ll affordably find out why your Kia check engine light or Kia malfunction indicator light has gone off, and answer any more questions you have about the Kia dash lights we didn’t cover. Simply call to take the next step. If you have other questions about car care, be sure to explore our service tips for information about when to get a Kia oil change and more!

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