Drivers across the Richmond, Ashland, and Mechanicsville areas understand that the little lights on their dashboard mean something. There are two types of lights that pop up on your dashboard: indicator lights and warning lights. Being able to differentiate between the two is crucial. That's why we're here to help.

In this guide, we'll show you the differences between Ford dashboard indicator and Ford dashboard warning lights. We'll also show you the meaning behind these lights and give you some insight on what they mean, and what you should do when one appears while you're out on the road.

Dashboard Indicator Lights

When you see a light suddenly appear on your dashboard, you may feel your stomach drop. If it's an indicator light, you don't have to worry. They appear as a blue or green color and are simply reminders or notifications of systems that you've activated.

  • High Beam Indicator: When you activate your high beams, this light will pop up on your dashboard to remind you that these lights are on.
  • Trunk Ajar: This light simply means you haven't closed your trunk all the way, and you should make sure it's shut before you continue driving.
  • Cruise Control: If you activate your cruise control system, this light will appear to keep you reminded that the system is engaged.
  • Direction Indicator: When you activate a turn signal, you'll see the indicator light blinking on your dashboard. 

Dashboard Warning Lights

It's important to be able to differentiate between indicator and warning lights. Warning lights are generally red or orange. If they come on when you're driving, it means there's an issue with one of your vehicle's components. If you see the light blinking, you should pull over to safety and immediately make arrangements with your authorized Ford dealer.

  • Brake System Light: If your brake system light appears on your dashboard while you're in motion, check to see if your parking brake is engaged. If it's not, it could mean low brake fluid level or a malfunction. You should have your brake system checked immediately. Driving with malfunctioning brakes is not advised for your safety and the safety of others.
  • Engine Coolant Temperature: If this light comes on, it means your engine is running hot. It'll soon overheat and fail to function properly. It's advised you pull over to safety and turn the engine off to let it cool down. If the problem persists, contact your Ford dealer.
  • Battery Light: When this light turns on while you're driving, it means there's a malfunction with your battery or charging system. You should turn off all unnecessary electronics to get to a safe location in time. You should also contact your Ford dealer immediately.
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning Light: Your Tire Pressure Monitoring System will send this alert to your dashboard when it senses that one or more of your tires is underinflated and requires your attention. If you're near a gas station, fill your affected tire up to its appropriate level. 

Having Your Ford Serviced

Now that you know the difference between Ford dashboard indicator and Ford dashboard warning lights, you'll be ready when one appears while you're driving around the Richmond, Ashland, and Mechanicsville areas. You can always contact us at Richmond Ford Lincoln for more information or assistance should a warning light appear.

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