Kia Warning Lights & What They Mean

Airbag Warning Light (if equipped)
Airbags are only activated when the ignition switch is turned to the ON or Start positions and are equipped to protect occupants from serious physical injury incase of a collision. When the ignition switch is turned to the ON position, the Airbag Warning light will illuminate for a few seconds and then go off. 

If the Airbag Warning light does not illuminate when the ignition switch is turned to the ON position, stays on after the initial 6 seconds, blinks or comes on and stays on whilst driving there could be a malfunction with the airbag system and/or SRS (Supplemental Restraint System). Contact your nearest Kia dealer as soon as possible to have the system checked.
 

Seat Belt Warning Light
As a reminder to the driver, the Seat Belt Warning light will illuminate for approximately 6 seconds each time you turn the ignition switch to the ON position regardless of the seat belt being fastened. If the driver's seat belt is unfastened after the ignition switch is turned to the ON position, the seat belt warning light illuminates until the belt is fastened. 

If you continue not to fasten the seat belt and you drive over 9km/h, the illuminated warning light will start to blink until driven under a speed of 6km/h. If you continue not to fasten the seat belt and you drive over 20km/h the seat belt warning chime (if equipped) will sound for approximately 100 seconds and the corresponding seat belt warning light will blink (if equipped).

Parking Brake & Brake Fluid Warning Light
The Parking Brake & Brake Fluid Warning light illuminates when the parking brake is applied with the ignition switch turned to the ON or Start positions. This warning light should go out once the engine is started and the parking brake is released. 

If the Parking Brake & Brake Fluid Warning light remains on after the engine has been started and the parking brake released, it may indicate that the brake fluid level in the reservoir is low. If the warning light remains on, stop the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so and contact your nearest Kia dealer.

ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) Warning Light
ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) continuously senses the speed of the wheels and if the system detects the wheels are going to lock, it will repeatedly modulate hydraulic brake pressure to the wheels. When the ignition switch is turned to the ON position, the ABS warning light will illuminate and then go off after a few seconds. 

If ABS warning light does not illuminate when the ignition switch is turned to the ON position or comes on while driving and stays on, this means that there is a malfunction with ABS. Contact your nearest Kia dealer if this happens as soon as possible . Normal braking will still be operational but without the assistance of ABS.

EPS (Electronic Power Steering) Warning Light

The Electronic Power Steering (EPS) warning light will illuminate when the ignition switch is turned to the ON position and will go out within a few seconds.

If the EPS warning light is illuminated or blinks whilst driving, a malfunction within the steering system is indicated. Power assistance may not be available under these circumstances and therefore a greater degree of effort will be required to operate the steering. Contact your nearest Kia dealer as soon as possible to have the system checked. 

Malfunction (Engine Malfunction) Indicator Lamp

The Malfunction Indicator lamp is a part of the Engine Control System which monitors various emission control system components. This indicator will illuminate when the ignition switch is turned to the ON position and will go out after a few seconds once the engine is started.

If the Malfunction Indicator lamp illuminates whilst the engine is running, a potential problem within the emission control system is indicated. If it illuminates while driving, or does not illuminate when the ignition switch is turned to the ON position, contact your nearest Kia dealer and have the system checked. Generally the vehicle can be still driven but prolonged driving with this indicator illuminated can cause damage to the emission control system.

Charging System Warning Light
The Charging System Warning light will illuminate when the ignition switch is turned to the ON position, and will remain illuminated until the engine has started.

If this warning light remains illuminated after starting the engine or illuminates whilst driving there could be a malfunction of either the generator or electrical charging system (battery). Contact your nearest Kia dealer as soon as possible to check your vehicle.

Engine Oil Pressure Warning Light
When the Engine Oil Pressure Warning light comes on, it means that the vehicle is no longer getting the pressure it needs to keep the engine running properly. The Engine Oil Pressure Warning Light will illuminate when the ignition switch is turned to the ON position and will go out once the engine has started.

If the Engine Oil Pressure Warning light remains illuminated once the engine is started or comes on while driving, stop the car immediately when it is safe to do so and turn the engine off. Check the oil level and add the recommended engine oil as required. If the warning light remains illuminated after adding the engine oil or if the engine oil is unavailable, contact your nearest Kia dealer

Continuing to drive with the Engine Oil Pressure Warning Light illuminated will result in severe engine damage.

Low Fuel Warning Light
The fuel gauge indicates the approximate amount of fuel remaining in the fuel tank. The fuel gauge is supplemented by a Low Fuel Level Warning Light, which will illuminate when the fuel tank is nearly empty.

The Low Fuel Level Warning light will illuminate indicating that the fuel tank is nearly empty. When this warning light illuminates, add fuel as soon as possible. Driving with the fuel level warning light on or with the fuel level below 'E' can cause the engine to misfire and damage the catalytic converter

Low Tire Pressure Warning Light
As an added safety feature and to assist the driver, certain vehicles are equipped with a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that illuminates a low tire pressure telltale when one or more of the tires is significantly under-inflated. Accordingly, when the low tire pressure telltale illuminates, stop and check your tyre pressure as soon as possible, and inflate them to the correct pressure. Driving on a significantly under-inflated tyre may cause the tyre to overheat and can lead to tyre failure. Under-inflated tires can also reduces fuel efficiency and tire tread life and may affect the vehicle's handling and stopping ability.

The TPMS malfunction indicator is combined with the low tyre pressure telltale. When the system detects a malfunction, the telltale will flash for approximately one minute and then remain continuously illuminated. This sequence will continue upon subsequent vehicle start-ups as long as the malfunction exists. When the malfunction indicator is illuminated, the system may not be able to detect or signal low tyre pressure as intended. TPMS malfunctions may occur for a variety of reasons, including the installation of replacement or alternate tires or wheels. Contact your nearest Kia dealer for the system to be checked.

Door Ajar Warning Light

The Door Ajar Warning Light indicates when a door is not securely closed. 

This warning light will come on in red if a door is not securely closed and stay on until the door is securely closed.

Tailgate Open Warning Light

The Tailgate Open Warning light illuminates when the tailgate is opened or not securely closed.

4WD System Warning Light

While driving in 4WD Auto mode the vehicle will operate in normal conditions as a conventional 2WD vehicle, but will automatically shift to 4WD if a 4WD need is determined by the system. When the ignition switch is turned to the ON position the 4WD system warning light will illuminate and then go off in a few seconds.

If the 4WD system warning light illuminates while driving, this indicates a malfunction with the 4WD system. If this occurs have the vehicle checked by your nearest Kia dealer.

Electronic Stability Control Indicator Light

The ESP (Electronic Stability Program) is an electronic system designed to assist the driver in maintaining vehicle control during adverse conditions. ESP checks where you are steering and where the vehicle is actually going and applies the brakes on individual wheels as well as intervening in the engine management system to stabilize the vehicle. Factors such as speed, road conditions and steering effort can all affect the effectiveness of ESP. When the ignition switch is turned to the ON position, the ESP indicator will illuminate and then go off after a few seconds. The ESP Indicator will blink when the system is activated according to the driving condition.

If the ESP indicator is constantly illuminated, a malfunction with the ESP system is indicated. If this occurs have your vehicle checked by your nearest Kia dealer.

Electronic Stability Control OFF Indicator Light

During certain driving conditions you may want to turn the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) off . When you do need to turn the ESP off, make sure you press the ESP OFF button only when you are driving on a flat road surface. Never press the ESP OFF button while the ESP is operating as the vehicle may slip out of control. ESP will automatically be turned on after the ignition has been turned off. The ESP OFF indicator will illuminate for a few seconds when the ignition switch is turned to the ON position and then go out.

The ESP OFF indicator will illuminate when the ESP system has been turned off. If the ESP OFF indicator remains illuminated after pressing the ESP OFF button again, contact your nearest Kia dealer to have the system checked as there could be a malfunction.

ECOMINDER Indicator Light

Active ECO helps improve fuel efficiency by controlling engine and transaxle on automatic transaxle vehicles. When the Active ECO button is activated the acceleration may be slightly reduced even when depressing the accelerator pedal fully. The performance of the air conditioner maybe limited and the shift pattern of the automatic transaxle may change to optimize fuel efficiency. Also the engine noise may get louder.

The Active ECO indicator will illuminate in green when the button is pressed. The Active ECO indicator will stay on in green even when the engine is restarted. To turn off the Active ECO press the button again.

Immobilizer Indicator Light

The immobilizer system is an electronic security device fitted to vehicles to prevent the engine from starting unless the correct key is used or present. The immobilizer system comprises of a small transponder in the ignition key and electronic devices inside the vehicle. When the driver inserts the ignition key into the ignition switch and turns to the ON position, the immobilizer system checks, determines and verifies if the ignition key is valid or not. The driver will only be able to start the engine if the immobilizer system identifies the key is valid.

When the ignition key is inserted and turned to the ON position the Immobilizer Indicator will illuminate and stay on until the engine is started. Once the engine is running the Immobilizer Indicator will go out. If the Immobilizer Indicator blinks when the ignition switch is turned to the ON position, contact your nearest Kia dealer for the system to be checked. With a Smart Key - When you press the start/stop button with the smart key present in the vehicle to the ACC or ON position, the Immobilizer Indicator will illuminate in amber for 30 seconds and then go out. If the Immobilizer Indicator illuminates in amber for only 2 seconds or blinks, contact your nearest Kia dealer to have the system checked. If the smart key is not present in the vehicle the Immobilizer will blink for a few seconds and the driver will be unable to start the engine unless the smart key is present. The Immobilizer Indicator will also blink if the battery in the smart key is weak or if there is a malfunction with the smart key system. Contact your nearest Kia dealer to have the system checked if this occurs. If the battery is weak you can still start the engine by pressing the start/stop button with the actual smart key.

Turn Signal Indicator Light

The ignition switch must be in the ON position for the turn signals to function. To turn on the turn signals move the light control lever up or down. The green arrow indicators will illuminate when turn signal is operating. They will self-cancel after a turn is completed.

When the ignition switch is turned to the ON position, the blinking green arrows will illuminate to show the direction indicated by the turn signals. If the arrow comes on but does not blink, blinks more rapidly than normal, or does not illuminate at all, a malfunction in the turn signal system has occurred. Contact your nearest Kia dealer for the system to be checked.

High Beam Indicator Light

To operate the high beam, turn the light switch to the headlight position and push the light control lever away from you or forward, the high beam will stay on. Bring the lever to the middle to switch this off. When you pull the lever towards you/backwards the high beam will flash acting as flashing lights. Do not use high beam when there are other vehicles around as this will obstruct the other driver's vision.

When the high beam is switched on the High Beam Indicator will illuminate in blue. The High Beam Indicator will also blink in blue when you use this as flashing lights. 

Light On Indicator Light

To operate the lights, turn the knob at the end of the light control lever to one of the following positions - OFF position, Parking/Tail Light position, Headlight position or AUTO light position (if equipped).

With the ignition switch in the ON position, the Tail Light Indicator illuminates in green when the light switch is in the tail light or the parking light position (1st position). When the Tail Light Indicator illuminates; the tail position, license and instrument panel lights are turned on. 

Front Fog Indicator Light

Fog lights are used to provide improved visibility under conditions of seriously reduced visibility.

With the ignition switch in the ON position and the light switch is in the Tail Light / Parking Light position, the front fog lamps can be turned on. When this happens the Front Fog Light Indicator will illuminate in green and will stay on until it is turned off. To turn off the front fog lights turn it to the OFF position. 

AWD Lock Indicator Light

4WD Lock is used for climbing or descending sharp grades, off road driving or similar conditions to maximize traction. 4WD Lock mode deactivates at speeds above 30km/h (19mph)and is shifted to 4WD Auto mode at speeds above 40km/h (25mph). If the vehicle decelerates with the 4WD Lock on, the transfer mode is shifted back to 4WD Lock. When the 4WD button is pushed the indicator light is constantly illuminated.

If the 4WD lock indicator light constantly illuminates, this means that the 4WD lock is activated. Push the button to deactivate the 4WD lock. If the light does not go off once pressing the button contact your nearest Kia dealer to have your vehicle checked. 

Washer Fluid Warning Light

Sensors in the windshield washer fluid reservoir help determine the need to top up the washer fluid for the windshield.

The Low Washer Fluid Level Warning Indicator will illuminate and stay on when the windshield washer fluid reservoir is nearly empty. Refill the reservoir as soon as possible for this indicator to go out.

Cruise Set Indicator Light

The cruise set button on the steering wheel sets the desired cruise control speed you wish to maintain. Turn the cruise control system on, the cruise indicator will illuminate. Accelerate until the desired speed (which must be more than 40km/h (25mph)) is reached and then press the SET button on the steering wheel. The SET indicator light will illuminate and the desired speed will be maintained without the need to depress the accelerator pedal.

If the SET indicator is illuminated green the cruise speed has been set. To cancel the cruise control press the cruise control ON/OFF switch or the CANCEL button on the steering wheel. Cruise control can also be turned off by depressing the brake pedal (or the clutch pedal for manual transaxle vehicles).

Cruise Indicator Light

The cruise control system allows you to program the vehicle to maintain a constant speed without the need to depress the accelerator pedal. The system is designed to function for speeds above 40km/h (25mph). When the cruise control is switched on, the cruise indicator will illuminate and stay on until turned off.

If the cruise indicator is illuminated, the cruise control system is turned on. Press the cruise ON/OFF button on the steering wheel to switch it off. If after trying to turn the cruise control system off the icon still illuminates contact your nearest Kia dealer.

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