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2019 Kia Optima Dashboard Symbols

When you’re driving through the streets of Ankeny, West Des Moines, and Des Moines in your new 2019 Kia Optima, the last thing you want to see is one of those dashboard symbols turn on. What could be going on in your vehicle? It could be nothing, of course, but it could be something serious.

If you don’t want to be caught off guard, you need to be aware of what each dashboard symbol means. Fortunately, not all dashboard symbols indicate issues. Learn about the most important dashboard lights in our handy 2019 Kia Optima dashboard symbol guide.

Kia Optima: Know Your Dashboard Symbols

Kia Optima Interior in Des Moines, IAThere are a wide variety of warning lights on your Kia Optima’s dashboard. You already know some of the indicator lights such as turn signals and high beams, but there are far more important lights you need to make sure you understand. Knowing what they mean and how you should react can significantly help to ensure you stay safe behind the wheel.  Make sure to contact us if you have any questions.

Anti-Lock Brakes

If you see the light depicting the letters ABS within a circle, your anti-lock brakes aren’t functioning properly. While serious, your normal brakes should still be working. Take this to our service center as soon as possible.

Parking Brakes and Brake Fluid Warning Light

The light indicating problems with your brakes, in general, looks like an exclamation point inside a circle. If you see this, your brake system may have a fundamental error, so get your car serviced right away. It could also mean you left your parking brake on, so make sure you check that first.

Eco Mode

If your Kia Optima has the Eco Mode option, this light will illuminate whenever you turn on the option. Not all lights mean problems; this light helps you know what your current driving setting is in your Optima. 

Engine Overheat

When your engine starts getting too hot, you’ll see a light that resembles a thermometer partially underwater. Once this light comes on, you need to pull over whenever it’s safe and let the engine cool—driving with it being too hot will cause serious damage.

Low Engine Oil

Kia Optima Dashboard Symbols in Des Moines, IAIf you’re running low on oil, you’ll see a light that looks like an old oil can. This doesn’t necessarily indicate a leak. If you fill up with the right amount of oil and the dashboard symbol comes up again shortly after, then you probably have a leak and should take your car in for an oil change.

Check Engine

When there’s a fundamental problem with your engine function or its emissions, you’ll see the check engine dashboard symbol come on. It looks like an engine block itself and should not be ignored. Although it could be a simple issue, you should be sure to get it checked out right away to prevent damage to your engine.

Service Center at Kia of Des Moines

If any of your Kia Optima dashboard symbols indicate a problem, be sure to bring your car over to the service center at Kia of Des Moines. Our technicians are certified Kia experts who are second to none in the Des Moines, West Des Moines, and Ankeny areas. Contact us to schedule your service appointment today.


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