If you’re driving around Coatesville, Gap, and Lancaster and see a light come on in your 2018 Kia Sportage dashboard symbols display, your mind may start to wonder what this means for your vehicle. This vital safety component of your Sportage is designed to alert you to potential issues, but that doesn’t mean that every dashboard light is automatically a problem.
To shed some light on the many dashboard lights and dashboard symbols on your Sportage, the team at Kia of Coatesville put together this handy Kia Sportage dashboard light guide. Learn more about the important dashboard light symbols here and find out what the next steps should be.
Check Engine Light
Some variation on the check engine light appears on every vehicle. On your Sportage, it looks like the outline of an engine and monitors several systems within your engine. This light can come on because of anything from a loose fuel cap to a major system failure, so it’s always best to have it checked out by a service technician as soon as possible to be sure.
Engine Oil Pressure Warning Light
The engine oil pressure warning light looks like an oil can with oil dripping from it. Most often, this light means there’s an issue with the pressure of the oil within the engine, though it could relate to the condition of the oil itself. If this light comes on, pull over and check your oil, adding oil if necessary. If low oil isn’t the source of the problem, it’s important to take your vehicle to a nearby service center to be inspected.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Light
The tire pressure monitoring system light looks like an exclamation point with two parentheses around it and monitors the pressure in your tires. Low or high tire pressure could put your tires at risk of a blowout, so if this light comes on, pull over and check the pressure in your tires with a tire gauge. If the light stays on after you correct any pressure issues, it could mean there’s a leak or another issue with one or more of your tires.
Charging System Warning Light
The charging system warning light looks like a battery with a positive and negative sign within it. It monitors your charging system and battery itself, so if it comes on, it could indicate an issue with the battery charge. A low battery charge could cause your engine to die, so it’s best to consult a service technician if this light comes on.
Cruise Control Indicator Light
When you activate your cruise control, the corresponding dashboard light will come on. This looks like a speedometer with an arrow pointing to it, and it will stay on to indicate the cruise control feature is active. If the light won’t turn off or comes on without you activating the cruise control, it could indicate an issue and should be checked by a qualified technician.
Learn More About Your Dashboard Lights at Kia of Coatesville
We hope that this Kia Sportage dashboard light guide helped you understand a little more about this safety component in your vehicle. If you have any questions about your dashboard light symbols, or one comes on and you’re unsure of what to do next, feel free to stop by Jim Sipala Kia of Coatesville to speak with a service technician. We’ll be happy to help you understand more of what’s going on under the hood, so call or visit us today!