The dashboard symbols that appear on your 2019 Kia Sorento is your vehicle’s best way of communicating important information to you. Some are designed to alert you to serious mechanical issues that need immediate attention, while others appear when special features are in use. Understanding these dashboard symbols will help keep you safer on the road and might even save you from costly service repairs.
To help drivers in Des Moines, West Des Moines, and Ankeny fully understand their vehicle’s features, we here at Kia of Des Moines put together this helpful guide to some of the more common dashboard symbols you’ll encounter in your Kia Sorento and some you might not immediately recognize.
2019 Kia Sorento Dashboard Warning Symbols
You should never ignore a warning symbol, as it’s intended to alert you to issues that require immediate attention. You’ll notice that warning symbols on your Kia Sorento will appear in red, while indicator lights will appear in yellow. If a red warning symbol ever appears on your dashboard while driving, pull over to a safe location and review the issue before returning to the roadway.
- Engine Oil Pressure – This symbol looks like a dripping oil can and indicates that there’s an issue with your engine’s oil pressure system. If it appears while driving, pull over and immediately check your oil level. If your oil level appears normal but the light remains lit, immediately schedule an oil change to avoid serious damage to your engine.
- Electronic Stability Program (ESP) – This symbol looks like the rear of a car with two wavy lines underneath the back tires. ESP is designed to maintain your vehicle’s stability during adverse road conditions like snow or ice. When the ignition switch is initially turned on, the ESP indicator will illuminate and then go off after a few seconds. If it remains illuminated, a malfunction has occurred, and a service appointment should immediately be made.
- Engine Coolant Temperature – This dashboard symbol looks like a thermometer above two wavy lines and means that your engine’s coolant system has overheated. Pull over and immediately turn off the vehicle. Allow time for the engine to fully cool down before restarting the engine. If the light reappears, schedule a service appointment as soon as possible.
- Charging System Warning Light – This symbol looks the top of a battery and will have “+” and “-” symbols inside a red box. If it remains lit, there’s a malfunction in either the vehicle’s generator or electrical charging system. Visit our service center at your earliest opportunity.
- Electric Power Steering (EPS) – This symbol appears as a steering wheel with an exclamation point to the right of it. If it blinks or appears while driving, power assistance might not be available, making steering more difficult. Contact your dealer and schedule a service appointment to get this checked out.
2019 Kia Sorento Indicator Symbols
Indicator symbols denote when a particular vehicle feature is in use or when it might need attention. Unlike warning symbols, indicator symbols do not always mean there’s a serious issue, but it’s still important to be able to recognize and understand their meaning.
- Tailgate Open Warning Light – This dashboard symbol looks like a car with its trunk open and will appear when your tailgate is either ajar or is not properly secured. Immediately pull over and fully close the trunk door.
- Malfunction (Engine Malfunction) – Commonly referred to as a “check engine light” this symbol looks like the profile of a vehicle engine and indicates that the On-Board Diagnostics system (OBD) detects an issue in the vehicle’s emissions control system. If this indicator keeps appearing, schedule a full diagnostics test with your authorized dealer to determine the issue.
- Low Washer Fluid Level – This symbol looks like a vehicle’s windshield with a dotted line that separates into two arcs denoting washer fluid. When the windshield washer fluid reservoir is nearly empty, this light will appear lit. The light should automatically disappear once you refill the reservoir with fluid.
- Low Tire Pressure – This symbol looks like a horseshoe with an exclamation point inside. If lit, it means one or more of your tire’s air pressure is low. Immediately check the air pressure and tread levels of each of your tires. Visit us for tire service.
- Icy Road Warning Light – This dashboard symbol appears as a snowflake over a two-lane road and will blink for 10 seconds and then stay lit whenever the outside temperature falls below 39.2 degrees Fahrenheit. A warning chime may also alert the driver when the vehicle is first turned on.
Dashboard Symbols: Schedule Service
If you currently have a warning symbol lighting up on your dashboard, there’s no need to fear. Our highly skilled technicians at Kia of Des Moines are here to help keep your dashboard clear and your vehicle running at its best. Drivers in Des Moines, West Des Moines, and Ankeny can stop by our service center or schedule an appointment today!