If you are wondering what a new warning light means on your dashboard or how to diagnose a check engine light, we invite you to get in touch with the service team at Premier Kia of Kenner. Our professional auto mechanics are here to maintain your new Kia Forte to factory condition and can reset any dashboard warning light on your vehicle.
Not all warning lights are cause for concern or an indication of a malfunction. Many lights on your dashboard indicate that a particular system in use and functioning properly. The headlights and cruise control, for instance, are examples of this. However, if you are concerned about a what a warning light means, you can get in touch with our dealership, consult your owner's manual, or find a picture of the warning light below.
Check Engine Light
This light appears when the computer in your vehicle senses any one of a number of abnormalities. Your local Kia dealership can scan the Diagnostic Trouble Code the check engine light is triggering to diagnose and repair the issue. If the check engine light begins to flash, we recommend that you schedule your Kia service immediately.
This light illuminates when your car's engine temperature is climbing too high, and your vehicle risks overheating. The best course of action is to pull over and let your car cool down, then add coolant or distilled water and drive to a service station.
This dashboard warning light can mean several different things. Your vehicle could be due for its regularly scheduled maintenance, or an internal issue could be present. We recommend booking a service appointment at our state-of-the-art auto repair center to diagnose the issue and clear the code.
Parking Brake and Brake Fluid Warning Light
You will often see this indicator light when you start your vehicle. It should go away after a few seconds or when you release the parking brake. If the parking brake is not on, but this indicator warning light is, then there could be an issue with the level of brake fluid in your vehicle. In which case, you need to bring your car to Premier Kia of Kenner for a quick brake inspection.
Similar to the Parking Brake and Brake Fluid Warning Light indicator, this light will activate at start-up to ensure its function, then disappear after a few seconds. If the sign lingers, something may be wrong with your anti-lock brake system, in which case a brake inspection is required.
This light is an example of an indicator that a system is in use. In this case, the cruise control is on. This light should turn off when you deactivate the cruise control system.
This protective measure comes on when your ignition is locked and requires an alarm code to be entered to unlock it.
This alert might come on if your Kia detects you are driving on slippery surfaces to let you know that the traction control system is functioning.
If your vehicle has a performance mode, this light might come on.
This symbol comes on when the wiper fluid is low. Be sure to keep the wiper fluid reservoir filled to the correct levels so you can always clean your windshield for optimal visibility.
This warning light indicates a potentially serious problem with an important safety feature. We recommend having this warning light diagnosed and repaired immediately.
This signal is often accompanied by an audible chime to alert you that one or more of the vehicle's doors are open.
This warning light informs you when a taillight or headlight is out or not functioning correctly.
If the traction control or electronic stability system is not functioning properly, this symbol will appear.
The gas cap is not sealed properly. Pull over and tighten the gas cap immediately. This can also trigger a check engine light to appear.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
This horseshoe-like indicator appears when one or more of the tires on your vehicle has dropped below the manufacturer's recommended psi level. Adding air to the low tire(s) should turn off the tire pressure warning light.
Engine Oil Pressure Warning Light
If the motor oil level drops below the required amount, your Kia's engine will not be able to maintain adequate oil pressure, which can result in a catastrophic failure of your car's engine. We suggest that you pull over and turn the car off the check the oil level yourself. It's possible that the oil level is adequate, but a sensor is failing. Either add oil as needed or have your car towed to the nearest Kia service station.
This symbol indicates that the battery might not have sufficient power to start your car. In which case, you will need to charge your car's battery and/or jump-start your vehicle in order to drive it to a nearby Kia service department.