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Ford Warning Light Guide

Ford Warning Light Guide

What do you do when your dashboard lights up like a Christmas tree? Some lights in new Ford models are just a friendly reminder, while others are an urgent warning to visit a Ford service center. The team at Waconia Ford can help you tell the difference.

Indicator Lights

There are countless systems in your new Ford vehicle that help to keep you safe or just ensure your vehicle runs as it should. Indicator lights, usually green or white in color, are just letting you know that things are working as they should.

These lights let you know when your turn signals are lit, what your shift position is, or when key Ford CoPilot360™ driver assist aids are engaged.

Yellow Ford Warning Lights

Just like a traffic light, a yellow warning light says “Caution.” Sometimes they’re letting you know that you could be running low on fuel, your gas cap might be loose, or your next Ford oil change is overdue, for instance.

Yellow lights for safety systems are a reminder that you’ve disengaged something (like your passenger-side airbag) so you can turn it back on. Sometimes, as is the case with your Check Engine light, your car is letting you know to visit your Ford dealership serving Minneapolis so a technician can have a closer look.

Red Ford Warning Lights

Red light? Stop. These lights are an indicator that you probably shouldn’t drive, or should pull over as soon as it’s safe, to address a problem. If your door is ajar, if your headlights are off in the dark, if someone’s not buckled in, or if a system is experiencing a malfunction, you’ll see a red light.

Getting Ford Service

You’ll see several of these lights blink on when you first start your car or truck. That’s normal, since the vehicle’s checking system status to make sure everything is shipshape.

It’s when they stay lit, or when you’re driving and they suddenly light up, that you should find a Ford service center. If you’re not sure about a light’s meaning, consult your owner’s manual or just call Waconia Ford.

There’s one thing we don’t suggest doing. Many discussion boards try to decipher warning lights, and there are commercially-available diagnostic code readers. These aren’t always accurate, so you could be lulled into a false sense of security (or a momentary panic) when that’s not the best thing.

Visit your Ford dealership instead. Our technicians will address the issue promptly so you can get back to driving safely.