Learn What Those Dashboard Warning Lights Mean on Your Kia

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The day starts like any other. You wake up, get dressed, eat breakfast. Then, on your commute, it happens. You’re driving along when all of a sudden you notice a light illuminated on the dashboard of your Kia. Even worse, you don’t know what it means.

We’re all familiar with the gas light and the dreaded check engine light. But what about some of the other dashboard indicators? It’s important to get to know those too.

If you want to cut to the chase and have your dashboard explained by a professional Kia technician, book an appointment with the Service Department at our dealership. Otherwise, read on.

Kia Dashboard Lights Explained

Kia’s dashboard symbols are all color coded just like a traffic light.

  • Red indicates a significant problem that should be addressed right away.
  • Yellow designates a safety concern that may not require immediate attention but should be checked out when safe to do so.
  • Green lights simply signal the status of a feature or element of the car.  


Red warning lights are an indication of a serious problem that can carry long-term consequences if not addressed in a timely manner. Anytime you see a red warning light, it’s advised to take your Kia to an authorized Kia service center at your earliest convenience.

Common red warning lights include:

  • Check engine light
  • Low battery warning
  • High temperature warning
  • Engine oil pressure warning
  • Seat belt warning


A yellow light signals a potential safety concern. If you see a yellow light, exercise caution for the remainder of your drive and try to address the problem before driving much further.

Common yellow warning lights include:

  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Anti-lock braking system
  • Low fuel light
  • Electronic stability control
  • Low washer fluid level


A green light is nothing to be alarmed about. It’s reminding the driver that a certain feature has been activated. There is no need to have your Kia serviced for a green light. Just be mindful of what the light is communicating to you.

Common green warning lights include:

  • Cruise control
  • Turn signals
  • High beams or fog lights
  • Eco mode
  • Speed limiter indicator

You can also check out this short video for a brief overview of some of the more common dashboard warning lights you might see on your Kia.

If a dashboard light comes on in your Kia, bring it down to Union County Kia on Highway 74 in Monroe, North Carolina, where our service team can take care of the problem and get you back on the road safely. Or if you feel that dashboard light is a signal to move on to a different Kia altogether, browse our selection of new and pre-owned Kia cars and SUVs.

Don’t let those dashboard lights linger. Visit us at Union County Kia today.

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