What do the warning lamps and indicators in my Ford mean?

The warning lamps and indicators alert you to a vehicle condition that may become serious. You will find examples of warning and indicator lights in this article.

Some lamps illuminate when you start your vehicle to make sure they work. If any lamps remain on after starting your vehicle, refer to the list below for more information.

For a complete list, refer to your Owner's Manual.


Missing Image  Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
If it illuminates when you are driving and indicates a system error, you continue to have the normal braking (without ABS) unless the brake system warning lamp also illuminates. Have the system checked by a Ford Dealer immediately.

Missing Image  Battery
If it illuminates while driving and indicates a system error, switch off all unnecessary electrical equipment and have the system checked by a dealer immediately.

Missing Image  Missing Image  Brake System Warning Lamp
If the lamp illuminates when you are moving, you may have the parking brake applied. Make sure the parking brake is off. Have your vehicle checked by a dealer as soon as possible if the lamp continues to illuminate.

https://www.fordservicecontent.com/images/imagen/imagen2.dll?id=warning_owner&s=PNG&t=PNG  WARNING: Driving your vehicle with the warning lamp on is dangerous. A significant decrease in braking performance may occur. It may take you longer to stop your vehicle. Have your vehicle checked as soon as possible. Driving extended distances with the parking brake engaged can cause brake failure and increase the risk of personal injury.

This lamp is a dual-function lamp and illuminates when:

  • You apply the parking brake with the ignition on.
  • Your vehicle has a brake fault or low brake fluid level, regardless of the parking brake position.

Electric Park Brake Fault with lightning bolt in circle  Missing Image  Electric Park Brake
It illuminates or flashes when the electric parking brake has a system error. 

Missing Image  Engine or Motor Coolant Temperature
It illuminates when your vehicle coolant temperature is high. Stop your vehicle as soon as possible, switch off your vehicle, and let it cool. 

Missing Image  Engine Oil
If it illuminates with the engine running or when you are driving, this indicates a system error. Stop your vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so and switch the engine off. Check the engine oil level.

Note: Do not resume your journey if it illuminates despite the level being correct. Have the system checked by a dealer immediately.

Missing Image   Front Airbag
If it does not illuminate when you switch the ignition on, continues to flash, or remains on when the engine is running, this indicates a malfunction. Have your vehicle checked as soon as possible.

Indicator showing vehicle going down a hill Grade Assist and Overdrive Cancel
It illuminates when grade assist is turned on.

Missing Image  High Voltage Electric System Failure
It illuminates if your hybrid electric vehicle has an electrical component fault or failure that causes your vehicle to shut down or enter a limited operating mode. A message may appear in the instrument cluster display.

Missing Image  Low Beam Warning
It illuminates when the low beam headlamp bulb is not functioning properly.

Missing Image  Low Tire Pressure Warning
It illuminates when the tire pressure is low. If the lamp remains on with the engine running or when driving, check the tire pressure as soon as possible.

It also illuminates momentarily when you switch the ignition on to confirm the lamp is functional. If it does not illuminate when you switch the ignition on or begins to flash at any time, have the system checked by a dealer.

Missing Image Powertrain Fault
This illuminates when the system detects a powertrain or a four-wheel drive (4WD)/all-wheel drive (AWD) fault. We do not recommend you drive while this light is illuminated. Contact a dealer as soon as possible.

Missing Image  Service Engine Soon
It illuminates when you switch the ignition on prior to engine start to check the bulb and to indicate whether your vehicle is ready for Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) testing.

Normally, it illuminates until the engine is cranked and automatically turns off if no system errors are present. However, if after 15 seconds it flashes 8 times, this indicates that your vehicle is not ready for Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) testing. 

If it illuminates when the engine is running this indicates a system error. The On-Board Diagnostics system has detected an error in the vehicle emission control system.

If it flashes, an engine misfire may be occurring. Continuing to drive your vehicle may cause reduced power or the engine to stop. Failure to respond to the warning lamp may cause component damage not covered by the vehicle warranty. Have your vehicle checked as soon as possible.

Missing Image  Stability Control
It flashes when the system is active. If it remains illuminated or does not illuminate when you switch the ignition on, this indicates a system error. During a system error, the system switches off. Have the system checked by a dealer immediately.

Missing Image  Stability Control Off
It illuminates when you switch the Stability Control System off. This lamp turns off when you switch the system back on or when you switch the ignition off.

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