Common Kia Warning Lights: Explained


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?Do you have an illuminated symbol on the dashboard of your Kia Telluride or Kia Soul? Having trouble deciphering what it means? We have the answers. Learn about the most popular Kia warning lights to best prepare your car, hatchback, or SUV for the future or know how to best approach a problem that's happening now. Regardless, St. Louis drivers are always welcome to come into our service center to get help.

Warning or Feature?

Every new Kia model is full of exciting safety and technology features that often make themselves known with an illuminated symbol. These are obviously not signaling that anything is wrong with your vehicle, and simply act as information for the driver to know when certain features are activated. Double check to make sure you didn't accidentally switch on a driver's assistance feature or drive mode feature before getting too concerned.

Safety Warning Symbols

There are a few different categories of warning symbols, some serious, some not. If you see a signal that looks like a passenger with a seatbelt, a passenger with an airbag, or a car with a key inside of it, don't fret. These are just letting you know that someone doesn't have their seatbelt on, the airbags are off, or your smart key is still inside the vehicle. They have nothing to do with the internal mechanisms or health of your car.

Serious Warning Symbols

If you see the following five warning lights, bring your Kia model to the HW Kia of West County dealership as soon as you can:

  • Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) Warning Light – a circle with "ABS" inside of it
    • This system helps you steer, and a malfunction could be serious.
  • Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) or Check Engine Light – looks like an engine
    • There could be a problem with your engine or emission control system, two vital mechanisms in your vehicle.
  • Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) Warning Light – both the "ABS" symbol and a symbol that says "BRAKE" with an exclamation point over it
    • This means there may be a problem with your traditional brake system.
  • Charging System Warning Light – looks like a battery
    • There could be an issue with your alternator or battery.
  • Engine Oil Pressure Warning Light – looks like a can of oil
    • Your oil is low and needs to be filled.

Please don't hesitate to visit our service center experts if any of these lights illuminate. We're here to help!

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