Honda Dashboard Warning Lights and Symbols

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Honda Service Engine Soon IndicatorHonda check engine lightCheck engine light

 

Service Engine Soon Indicator

The check engine light or service engine soon light comes on when the on-board diagnostic system detects a problem with either the engine, emission system, or transmission. 

Common problems that cause the check engine light to stays on include: loose gas cap, bad oxygen sensor, dirty Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor, 

A fault code gets stored in the Engine Control Unit (ECU) and can be retrieved with an OBD-II scanner to find out what is wrong with the vehicle. 

Honda  Air Bag Warning Light

Honda SRS AIRBAG LIGHT

 Air Bag Warning Light

The airbag light turns on when you first turn on the ignition, but after a quick system check, it turns off if all the airbag components function properly.

If the airbag light stays, it means the airbags have been disabled and may not deploy in case of an accident. 

To troubleshoot the airbag light on a , you will need to read the fault codes with an airbag scanner

Honda Engine Temperature Indicator

Engine Temperature Indicator

This is the warning symbol indicating that the engine has overheated. Pullover immediately and shut off the engine. Wait at least 30 minutes or more for the engine to cool down fully. 

Once the engine cools down, check the engine coolant level. Common problems that cause a Honda engine to overheat include low coolant level, bad water pump, broken coolant hoses, a faulty thermostat, damaged heater core, etc. 

If the engine overheating continues, do not drive. Call an auto mechanic for advice or tow the vehicle to an auto repair shop near you. 

Honda Charge system Trouble Indicator

Charge System Trouble Indicator

The battery warns the driver there is a problem with the charging system. If the battery light comes on, the vehicle may shut off when driving. 

The battery warning light can be caused by a faulty alternator, serpentine belt problem, defective voltage regulator, and even a bad battery. 

Honda  Low Washer Fluid Indicator

Low Washer Fluid Indicator

This light means that the fuel level is low. Add windshield washer fluid to the reservoir in the engine bay. The windshield washer fluid reservoir has the same symbol on top. 

Honda  Low Fuel Indicator

Low Fuel Indicator

This light means that the fuel level is low, and you need to add more fuel. 

 

Honda Oil Warning Light

Honda Oil Warning Light

Oil Warning Light

This light means there is alow oil pressure. Pullover immediately and shut off the engine. Wait at least 5 minutes, then check the oil level with the engine off. If the oil level is low, add engine oil to bring the level between the MIN and MAX marks of the dipstick. 

Do not drive the vehicle or keep it running on idle if the oil light stays on. Doing so can lead to serious engine problems. Call an auto mechanic for advice or tow the vehicle to a repair shop nearby. 

Honda Brake Trouble Indicators

Brake Light

This light indicates a problem with the brake system. It could be due to low brake fluid level or another issue with the brake system. 

Do not drive with the BRAKE light on. Brakes may not work or function properly. Call an auto mechanic for advice and, if needed, tow the vehicle to the closest auto repair shop. 

Honda  Economy Mode Operation Indicator

Economy Mode Operation Indicator

In economy mode, the vehicle will adjust engine and transmission performance for the best fuel economy. 

For example, engine RPMs don't reach high values, and transmission may shift earlier. These adjustments help keep fuel consumption down. 

 

Honda Cruise Control Indicator

Honda  Cruise Control Indicator

Cruise Control Indicator

This light means that the cruise control has been enabled. The vehicle will keep a constant speed. Cruise control will turn off if you press the brakes. 

Note that in this case, there is no adaptive cruise control. The vehicle will not keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front. 

Honda High Beam Indicator

High Beam Indicator

This light means the high beams are turned on. You should only use this setting if you are the only vehicle on the road. Do not keep the high beams on if you are coming in the opposite direction or other vehicles in front of your vehicle. 

To turn off the high beam, pull the turn switch towards the back of the vehicle. 

 

Honda Lane Sense Indicators

 

Honda  Lane Keeping Indicator

Lane Keeping Indicator

This light means that lane assist is enabled. This light should flash if you leave the lane without turning on the blinker. 

Honda Stability Control Indicator

Stability Control Indicator

This light means that the stability control has been disabled. The vehicle can be driven but keep in mind stability control is off. 

In most cases, this light comes on at the same time that the ABS light comes on. If that is the case, there is a high chance one of the wheel speed sensors is faulty. 

Use an ABS Scanner to read the fault codes from the ABS and traction modules. 

Honda  Electronic Power Steering Trouble Indicator

 Electronic Power Steering Trouble 

This light means there is a problem with the electronic power steering. The steering wheel may be tough to turn. 

Honda Anti-Lock Brake System Fault Indicator

Anti-Lock Brake System Fault Indicator

This light means that the anti-lock brake system has been disabled. In most cases, the problem is due to a bad ABS wheel speed sensor. While the vehicle can be driven, the anti-lock brake function is disabled, and the vehicle may take longer to bring to a complete stop and may skid under hard braking or if there is rain or snow on the road. 

To find out why your Honda ABS light is on, use an ABS scanner to read the fault codes from the ABS Control Module. Generic OBD-II scanner may not be able to read airbag scanners. 

Honda Tire Pressure Monitor Indicator

Tire Pressure Monitor Indicator

This light means there is low tire pressure in one of the tires. Check the tire pressure and correct it to bring it to the recommended air pressure, as shown on the sticker on the driver's door frame. 

If the TPMS light stays on after you add air, there may be a problem communicating with one of the TPMS sensors, or the TPMS system is faulty. 

Honda  Turn Signal Indicator

Turn Signal Indicator

This light means the turn signals are on. If both turn signals are flashing, it is because the hazard lights are turned on. Turn off the hazard by pressing the orange triangle on the dashboard. 

Honda Door Ajar

Door Ajar

This light means that one of the doors is open or is not closed complety. Pullover, park the vehicle and check to ensure all the doors are fully closed. 

Honda Hybrid charging Status Indicator

Honda  Hybrid Charging Indicator

Hybrid Charging Indicator

This light comes on in hybrid and electric vehicles. The plug light may be red, yellow, or blink white while the battery has been charged. Once the battery is fully charged, the plug light turns green. 

Honda Park Lamps ON Indicator

Park Lamps ON Indicator

This light means the parking lights have been turned on. Typically the low beam switch controls the parking lights. Turn the switch one more click to turn on the low beams. 

Honda  Seat Belt Reminder

Seat Belt Reminder

This light means that one or more passenger in the vehicle has not fastened the seat belt. 

Honda  Stability Control OFF Indicator

Stability Control OFF Indicator

This light means that stability control has been turned off. Stability control may have been turned off because you pressed the button on the dashboard, or there is a problem with the system. 

Honda Trunk Ajar Indicator

Trunk Ajar Indicator

This light means the trunk is still open and needs to be shut down. 

Honda Security Indicator

Security Indicator

This light means

Honda Electronic Park Brake Trouble Indicator

Electronic Park Brake Trouble Indicator

This light means

Honda Electronic Throttle Control Indicator

Electronic Throttle Control Indicator

This light means

Honda Speed Warning Indicator

Speed Warning Indicator

This light means

Honda Loose Gas Cap Indicator

Loose Gas Cap Indicator

This light means

Honda KeySense Indicator

KeySense Indicator

This light means

Honda Forward Collision Alert Indicator

Honda Forward Collision Alert Indicators

Forward Collision Alert Indicators

This light means

Honda Adaptive Cruise Control Indicator

Honda Adaptive Cruise Control Indicator

Honda Adaptive Cruise Control Indicator

 Adaptive Cruise Control

This light means that adaptive cruise control has been activated. 

Honda Master Warning Light

Master Warning Light

This light means

 

Honda Auto Start Stop Indicator

Honda Auto Start Stop Indicator

Auto Start-Stop Indicator

This light means

Honda Hybrid Ready Indicator

Hybrid Ready Indicator

This light means

Honda Hybrid Service Indicator

Hybrid Service Indicator

This light means

Honda Hybrid Power Limitation Indicator

Hybrid Power Limitation Indicator 

This light means

Honda Fog Lamp Indicator

Fog Lamp Indicator

This light means

The purpose of many of these lights on a Honda is to inform the driver when a system is enabled. 

A few of these lights indicate a problem or malfunction and inform the driver that that particular system has been disabled.

diagnose Honda warning lights

To find out what is wrong with these systems, use an All System Honda Scanner to read the fault codes from the corresponding module. 

Note that most OBD-II scanner can only reach check engine codes and are not able to diagnose other systems such as airbag, ABS, traction control, etc. 

By YOUCANIC Automotive Experts
Nov 2020