Each 2019 Kia Sportage dashboard symbol represents a specific component or system of the car. And when any of them are illuminated, it is an effective way for your vehicle to communicate with you and let you know what you need to be aware of.
Knowing what each icon means will help you take the necessary steps to keeping each part of your car in proper working order on the roads of Des Moines, West Des Moines, and Ankeny. This guide that our team at Kia of Des Moines has provided you will help you recognize what your car is saying and what to do when one of these lights flash on in your Kia Sportage.
Certain dashboard symbols can be warnings, usually red, yellow, or orange in color, of certain systems malfunctioning or measurements outside its recommended range. When one of these symbols comes on, it is advised to take your Kia Sportage to our service center to resolve whatever issue the car may be experiencing. Here are a few examples of warning lights that can show up on your dashboard:
Engine Oil Pressure – This looks like an old oil can with a drip of oil coming out of the spout. When on, it means that your Kia Sportage isn’t getting the correct amount of pressure needed to keep the engine running the way it’s supposed to. You can check the oil levels and refill to the recommended amount or have your car serviced for an oil change.
ABS Warning - When you see this dashboard symbol illuminated, there is an issue with your Anti-Lock Braking System. It is important to have this inspected since the ABS helps you avoid skidding when braking, by not allowing the wheels to lock up and lose traction.
Charging System - Shown with a battery icon with a negative and positive symbol inside it, this dashboard symbol is warning you something is wrong with the alternator, or your battery could be going bad and needs a replacement.
If the dashboard symbol you see is blue or green, this lets you know that a system that is equipped in your Kia Sportage is actively being used. Some of these include:
Cruise Indicator - When your cruise control system is on, this light will stay on the dashboard until you shut the system off. It will look like a speedometer with an arrow pointed at it.
High Beam Indicator - When you have your high beams on, this blue light will shine on your dashboard and stay on until you turn them off.
There are also indicator lights for certain available systems you can get in your Sportage, so it is important to know what individual symbols are in your vehicle depending on the trim level and features you choose to get.
For other lights we didn’t cover, refer to your owner’s manual to see what should be done in the event another dashboard symbol flashes on in your Kia Sportage while driving around Des Moines, West Des Moines, and Ankeny. And if any warning light comes on, you can have our technicians here at Kia of Des Moines amend any problems your car may be experiencing. Schedule a service appointment today!