Honda Dashboard Light Meanings

Honda Dashboard Warning Lights

It’s certainly an unsettling feeling when you notice an unfamiliar warning light suddenly appear on your dashboard. As you feel a wave of confusion and worry begin to build up in the back of your mind, it’s a good idea to take a moment to remember a simple rule of thumb to help prevent you from overreacting to the situation. All you need to do is treat each color of the warning light just as you would a traffic signal. Germain Honda of College Hills has created this useful guide that covers some of the most common Honda dashboard warning lights along with their meanings.

  • Green (or Blue) Icon – Continue to drive without worry. These are simply informational messages that should not interfere with routine driving.
  • Yellow (or Orange) Icon – Exercise some caution while driving. These alerts could warn you of a potential problem that should be dealt with at your earliest convenience. Generally, they won’t require you to stop driving immediately.
  • Red Icon – Stop driving as soon as it’s safe to do so. Pull over and shut off your engine. Red warning lights are usually signs of a serious problem and you should call an authorized Honda service facility for assistance.

What Do The Dashboard Warning Lights Mean on Your Honda?

Brake System Failure

Brake System Failure

There has been a possible failure detected in your brake system. In the event that you’re behind the wheel when this light appears, we recommend that you pull safely off the road and call roadside assistance to tow your vehicle to the nearest authorized Honda dealership for repair.

Emergency Brake Engaged

Emergency Brake Engaged

Your parking/emergency brake is applied. Make sure to disengage the emergency brake before driving to prevent excess wear or damage.

Low Oil Pressure

Low Oil Pressure

Inspect your oil level to verify it’s within the recommended threshold. This may also indicate a possible issue with your oil pressure sensor. Low oil pressure can lead to serious damage to internal engine components caused by a loss of lubrication. When safe to do so, contact roadside assistance and have the vehicle towed to a repair facility.

Charging System

Charging System

Fault or failure within the charging system. With a partial or total loss of electrical power, your vehicle can shut off and leave you stranded. Locate a safe area to pull over, park the vehicle, and call for roadside assistance immediately.

Supplemental Restraint System

Supplemental Restraint System

An SRS fault is a sign of a possible problem with your airbags, causing them to fail to deploy in the event of a collision. Do not drive your vehicle. Call for roadside assistance and have your vehicle towed to the service center for diagnosis.

High Coolant Temperature

High Coolant Temperature

Your vehicle is overheating. Engine coolant cannot exceed a certain temperature before it fails to protect your engine. Turn off the engine and pull over as soon as it’s safe to do so.

Seat Belt Reminder

Seat Belt Reminder

Before your seat belt is fastened, this indicator light will remain on the dashboard. Buckle up!

Door Ajar

Door Ajar

One of the vehicle’s doors is open or not fully shut.

Trunk Open

Trunk Open

Your trunk is open or not completely closed.

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control

The Adaptive Cruise Control system is engaged and active. Exhibit the same caution as you would when driving without this feature.

All-Wheel Drive

All-Wheel Drive

Your vehicle’s all-wheel drive system is active. Power is being directed to all four wheels as the system demands.

Anti-Lock Brake System

Anti-Lock Brake System

If there’s a problem within the ABS system, this warning light usually pops up next to the brake warning light.

Auto Idle Stop

Auto Idle Stop

Auto Idle Stop intermittently shuts off your engine to boost fuel economy and reduce emissions. This light tells you that the system is engaged and working correctly.

Blind Spot Warning

Blind Spot Warning

A vehicle has entered your blind spot and the system has issued an alert. Use greater caution when making a lane change or merging.

Check Engine Light

Check Engine Light

While this light may indicate a wide variety of different issues, it appears when the onboard diagnostics system has detected a problem with your vehicle’s emissions, ignition, fuel, or exhaust systems. It’s a smart idea to be proactive and bring your vehicle in for service.

Daytime Running Lights

Daytime Running Lights

This typically indicates that one of your DRL bulbs has malfunctioned or is burnt out and requires replacement.

Electric Power Steering

Electric Power Steering

There’s a problem with your power steering system. Make sure to have a professional inspect your vehicle soon.

Lane Keeping Assist System

Lane Keeping Assist System

Your LKAS system is active, detected that your vehicle has started to drift out of its intended lane position, and took corrective action. Use caution.

Low Fuel

Low Fuel

Your vehicle is running low on fuel. Stop and refuel as soon as possible to avoid finding yourself stranded on the side of the road.

Maintenance Reminder

Maintenance Reminder

This is a handy notification that your vehicle is due for scheduled routine maintenance. It’s time to schedule a service appointment with your Honda dealership.

Road Departure Mitigation

Road Departure Mitigation

The RDM system had detected that your vehicle has left the road surface and took corrective action. Use caution.

Smart Entry System

Smart Entry System

This is a sign that the smart entry system has experienced a problem. Some possible suspects are a low/dead keyfob battery or a problem detecting the remote. See your dealer for further inspection.

System Notification

System Notification

Check your vehicle’s information display found in the gauge cluster for more information or messages.

Vehicle Stability Assist System

Vehicle Stability Assist System

The VSA system has activated due to a loss of traction or there’s a problem within the system.

Washer Fluid Level Low

Washer Fluid Level Low

Add additional windshield washer fluid to your vehicle’s reservoir under the hood. This is especially important during winter weather conditions where visibility can be low.

Automatic High Beam Headlights

Automatic High Beam Headlights

Your high beam headlights are being automatically controlled.

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Cruise control is engaged and your vehicle is maintaining its pre-set speed. Use the same caution you normally would while driving.

Exterior Lights

Exterior Lights

Your exterior lights are turned on. Be sure to switch them off when they’re not needed to save potential battery drain.

Fog Lights On

Fog Lights On

The vehicle’s fog lights are switched on.

Low Coolant Temperature

Low Coolant Temperature

You’ll typically see this light appear when you first start your vehicle. It means that your engine coolant has not reached the recommended operating temperature yet. Avoid heavy acceleration until normal operating temperature has been reached and this light turns off.

Turn Signals

Turn Signals

Your turn signals are activated.

Germain Honda of College Hills – Your Destination for Expert Service

Found yourself staring at a dashboard warning light on the inside of your Honda? You can count on the team of expert Honda technicians here at Germain Honda of College Hills to inspect your vehicle for potential issues. Our team has access to the latest diagnostic equipment and repair tools to fix the problem accurately and in a timely fashion. We also carry a complete selection of Genuine Honda parts and components designed specifically for your vehicle. Don’t let a dashboard warning light ruin your day! Visit us at Germain Honda of College Hills today!