Warning lights and indicators on a ford vehicle's dashboard.

The instrument cluster located on your Ford’s dashboard is equipped with warning lamps and indicators that allow you to easily monitor your vehicle’s condition and control settings. Upon starting your vehicle, you may see some of these indicators light up as a routine check to verify functionality. These lights may simply be indicating a vehicle control setting, e.g., Front Fog Lamps On. If certain indicators were to remain illuminated while your engine is running, however, they could be alerting you to a serious condition. To take the guesswork out of interpreting these signals, scroll down to our visual glossary, which displays the full array of warning lamp and indicator symbols, and defines their function.

Adaptive Cruise control dashboard indicator on Ford vehicle.

Adaptive Cruise Control

Speed control system indicator light changes color to show system mode:

  • On (white light): illuminates when the adaptive cruise control system is turned on. Turns off when speed control system is turned off.

  • Engaged (green light): illuminates when adaptive cruise control system is engaged (or actively in use); turns off when speed control system is disengaged.

Anti-Lock Braking System on Ford vehicle dashboard indicator.

Anti-Lock Braking System

If Illuminated while you’re driving, a malfunction is indicated. The normal braking system (without ABS) will continue to function, unless the brake system warning lamp is also illuminated. Have the system checked by your authorized dealer.

Auto Start-Stop System on Ford vehicle dashboard indicator.

Auto Start-Stop

Illuminates to alert you when your engine is shutting down; a corresponding message may also be displayed.

Battery warning indicator light on Ford vehicle dashboard.

Battery

If Illuminated while you’re driving, a malfunction is indicated. Switch off all unnecessary electrical equipment, and have the system checked by your authorized dealer immediately.

Blind Spot Monitor warning light for your ford vehicle.

Blind Spot Monitor

Illuminates when the Blind Spot Monitor feature is turned off; a corresponding message may also be displayed.

Warning light for the Brake System in a Ford vehicle.

Brake System*

Illuminates if parking brake is engaged while the ignition is on. If indicator lights up while you’re driving, check to ensure that parking brake is not engaged. If it isn’t engaged, a low brake fluid level or brake system malfunction could be indicated. Have the system checked immediately by your authorized dealer.

Cruise Control indicator light on Ford vehicle.

Cruise Control

lluminates when Cruise Control feature is turned on.

The direction indicator light on a Ford vehicle.

Direction Indicator

Illuminates when left or right turn signal, or hazard warning flasher, is turned on. If indicator remains on or flashes faster, check for a burned out bulb.

The Door Ajar warning light on a Ford vehicle.

Door Ajar

If indicator lights up when ignition is on, one of your doors is open.

The Electric Park Brake indicator light on a Ford Vehicle.

Electric Park Brake

Lights up when electric parking brake has a malfunction.

The Engine Coolant Temperature warning light on a Ford vehicle.

Engine Coolant Temperature

Illuminates when engine coolant temperature is high. Stop the vehicle as soon as possible, switch off engine and let cool.

The Engine Oil indicator light on a Ford vehicle.

Engine Oil

If illuminated while engine is running or you’re driving, a malfunction is indicated. Stop your vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so, and switch the engine off. Check the engine oil level.*

The Fasten Safety Belt warning sign on a Ford vehicle.

Fasten Safety Belt

Lights up while a chime sounds to remind you to fasten your safety belt.

The Front Airbag safety light on a Ford vehicle.

Front Airbag

A malfunction is indicated if this warning lamp fails to illuminate when you start your vehicle, continues to flash or remains on. Have the system checked by your authorized dealer.

The Front Fog Lights indicator on a Ford vehicle.

Front Fog Lamps

Illuminates when you switch the front fog lamps on.

The Heads Up Display light on a Ford vehicle's dashboard.

Heads Up Display

A horizontal array of red lights may appear on your windshield while you’re using adaptive cruise control and/or the collision warning system (if equipped). As a functionality check, this indicator will also light up momentarily when you start your vehicle.

 High Beams light indicator.

High Beam

Illuminates when you switch the high beam headlamps on. This indicator will also flash when you use the headlamp flasher.

The Hood Ajar display light on a Ford dashboard.

Hood Ajar

Alerts when the ignition is on, and the hood is not completely closed.

The Lane-Keeping Aid display light on a Ford dashboard.

Lane Keeping Aid

Lights up when the lane keeping system is activated.

The Low Fuel Level light on a Ford dashboard.

Low Fuel Level

Illuminates when the fuel level is low, or the fuel tank is nearly empty. Refuel as soon as possible.

The Low Tire Pressure Warning Light on a Ford's dashboard.

Low Tire Pressure Warning

Lights up when your tire pressure is low. This indicator also illuminates momentarily when you switch on the ignition, showing that the lamp is functional. If the indicator remains lit while the engine is running or you’re driving, check your tire pressure as soon as possible. If indicator does not illuminate when you switch the ignition on - or begins to flash at any time - have the system checked by your authorized dealer.

The Parking Lamp indicator on a Ford dashboard.

Parking Lamps

Illuminates when you switch the parking lamps on.

The Powertrain Fault warning light on a Ford dashboard.

Powertrain Fault

Illuminates when a powertrain or AWD fault has been detected. Contact your authorized dealer as soon as possible.

The Service Engine Soon warning light on a Ford dashboard.

Service Engine Soon

If the Service Engine Soon indicator light stays lit after you’ve started the engine, the On Board Diagnostics system (OBD) has detected a malfunction of the vehicle emissions control system. Contact your authorized dealer as soon as possible.

If indicator light is blinking, an engine misfire may be occurring, which could damage your catalytic converter. Drive in a moderate fashion (avoid heavy acceleration and deceleration), and have your vehicle serviced immediately.*

The Service Engine Soon indicator light illuminates when the ignition is first turned on (prior to engine start) in order to test the bulb, as well as indicate whether the vehicle is ready for Inspection/Maintenance (I/M) testing.

Normally, the Service Engine Soon light will stay on until the engine is cranked, then turn itself off if no malfunctions are present. However, if after 15 seconds this light blinks eight times, it means that the vehicle is not ready for I/M testing.

The Stability Control safety warning light on a Ford dashboard.

Stability Control

Lights up when the system is active. If indicator remains illuminated or does not light up when you switch the ignition on, a malfunction is indicated. During a malfunction, the system will switch off. Have the system checked by your authorized dealer immediately.

The Stability Control safety warning light off a Ford dashboard.

Stability Control Off

Illuminates when you switch the system off. Indicator light will go out when you switch the system back on or switch the ignition off.

The Trunk Ajar indicator light on a Ford dashboard.

Trunk Ajar

Displays when the ignition is on, and the trunk is not completely closed.

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