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Having a warning light pop up on your dash can be a confusing situation if you don’t know what that warning light is trying to tell you. With close to 40 different indicators on your dashboard, it can be hard to keep everything clear. This guide will cover the warning lights that will pop up on a honda dashboard.

Colour Matters

Before covering each symbol, it’s important to understand the colour scheme that Honda (and most other manufacturers) use on the dashboard. 

Green is most often an indicator light for a particular action that you as the driver did, for example, activate your turning signal, activate cruise control, or turn on “econ mode” are all signified with a green colour. 

A yellow indicator light is used to show if safety and convenience features are working or not on your vehicle. For Honda’s, this can show that systems like the Anti-lock Braking System or Traction Control System aren’t working properly, and you should therefore drive with more caution. 

Finally, a red indicator light is reserved for major vehicle issues that you should pull over immediately to address like a brake system failure or extremely high engine temperature. 

With the colour scheme in mind, here are all the indicator lights on a Honda Dashboard:

Braking System Failure

Braking System Failure

There may be a potential failure in your braking system. If you see this symbol while driving, we advise you to pull safely off the road, park your vehicle and call roadside assistance to tow it to Honda West.

Brake System/Parking Brake

Brake System/Parking Brake

The parking brake is on, remember to turn it off before driving.

Low Oil Pressure

Low Oil Pressure

Check oil level. Oil sensor &mash; bring in for service. Low Oil Pressure can mean your engine is no longer being lubricated and driving could destroy internal engine components. We recommend turning the engine off as soon as safely possible, and calling for roadside assistance to tow the vehicle to the dealership.

Charging System

Charging System

Charging system failure. Without electrical power, your car can die and leave you stranded. Find a safe place to pull over, park the vehicle, and call for roadside assistance immediately.

Supplemental Restraint System

Supplemental Restraint System

There may be a problem with the airbags which means they may not deploy when in a crash. Do not drive your vehicle. Call for roadside assistance to have your vehicle towed to the dealerships for repair.

Smart Entry System

Smart Entry System

Your car may have an issue with its smart entry system or push button start system.

Check Engine Light

Check Engine Light

Engine emission malfunction — bring in for service.

Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)

Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)

If there is an ABS malfunction, the warning light comes on in combination with the brake warning light.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Tire pressure is low which means you may have to put air in your tires.

High Temperature

High Temperature

Your vehicle is overheating.

Low Temperature

Low Temperature

Your vehicle is too cold.

Daytime Running Lights

Daytime Running Lights

Your daytime running lights are on.

Vehicle Stability Assist System

Vehicle Stability Assist System

VSA is on or there’s an issue with the VSA system.

Electric Power Steering

Electric Power Steering

There’s a malfunction in the EPS system.

Seat Belt Reminder

Seat Belt Reminder

If you’re not wearing your seatbelt, this reminder will pop up.

Door Open

Door Open

A door is open.

Trunk Open

Trunk Open

Your trunk is open.

Low Fuel

Low Fuel

Your vehicle is low on fuel and you should get fuel soon.

Washer Fluid Level

Washer Fluid Level

Your vehicle needs more washer fluid.

System Message

System Message

This icon will pop up along with another icon meaning there’s a message on your multi-information display.

Maintenance Minder

Maintenance Minder

Reminder that it’s time for routine maintenance.

Immobilizer

Immobilizer

Your vehicle doesn’t recognize your key or remote transmitter which means you may not be able to start the engine.

VSA Off

VSA Off

Reminds you that your VSA is off.

Cruise Main On

Cruise Main On

Cruise Main is on.

Cruise Control On

Cruise Control On

The cruise control is on.

Turn Signals

Turn Signals

Your turn signal is on.

Fog Lights On

Fog Lights On

Indication that your fog lights are on.

High Beams On

High Beams On

Indication that your high beams are on.

Exterior Lights On

Exterior Lights On

Indication that your exterior lights are on.

ECON Mode On

ECON Mode On

Your ECON mode is on.

Lane Keeping Assist System

Lane Keeping Assist System

The LKAS is on.

Collision Mitigation Braking System

Collision Mitigation Braking System

The CMBS is on.

Road Departure Mitigation

Road Departure Mitigation

The RDM system is on.

Blind Spot Warning

Blind Spot Warning

There’s a vehicle in your blind spot.

All-Wheel Drive

All-Wheel Drive

Your vehicle is on all-wheel drive.

Auto Idle Stop

Auto Idle Stop

Auto Idle Stop is on.

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control

You are currently using Adaptive Cruise Control.

Auto High Beam System

Auto High Beam System

Your high beam lights are being automatically controlled.

Unbeatable Service At Honda West

If any of these symbols pop up on your dashboard and you’re not sure what to do, don’t hesitate to stop by our service drive-through or contact our helpful service department. Our Honda Certified Advisors and Technicians can help you get back on the road safely.