Here’s the thing. Not all warning lights indicate a massive, immediate problem with your car. Each Ford instrument cluster is loaded with warning lights and notifications, and not all are bad. Knowing what your dashboard is trying to tell you may prevent that panic attack the next time a warning light comes on. Dashboard warning lights, or dashboard symbols, are designed to let you know when there’s a problem with your vehicle. Advance alerts about a potential problem or breakdown can help you avoid catastrophic vehicle failure, or even just running out of fuel.
Most warning lights do not mean a car is nearing imminent failure. Rather, they notify drivers of a potential issue that needs to be reviewed. Minor failures like a loose fuel cap can cause warning lights to pop on, startling many drivers. Fortunately, all dashboard symbols are colour coded, allowing you to determine your next course of action easily.
What do dashboard light colours mean?
Each warning light represents a different aspect of the vehicle’s system and is colour-coded by urgency. Only a flashing red light means pull over immediately.
There are three dashboard light colours on most dashboards: yellow, red, and orange (and, occasionally, blue or green). The most severe alerts are displayed in red or orange. Generally, if you see an orange or red warning light, pull over as soon as safely possible and drive cautiously to determine what is happening.
Yellow lights typically indicate a less-serious problem. A yellow light can quickly become a major problem, so don’t ignore it. Schedule a service appointment
for your vehicle as soon as possible.
Finally, green or blue (occasionally even white) lights indicate a particular feature or system, like high beams, has been activated and is working properly.
Knowing what each different colour signifies is a great starting point for diagnosing what’s happening on your vehicle’s dashboard, but it doesn’t actually address the problem; it only informs you of the urgency. To truly understand what’s happening with your car, you need to examine the symbols, too.