Three Warning Lights You Should Know
We know that most people do not read the Owner’s Manual; but, there are three warning lights that we believe it is important for you to know. This if for both for your own personal safety, as well as, the proper functioning of your vehicle. Depending on the model, there may be 20 or more signals. Symbols and signals can vary among models, so we encourage you to check your Owner’s Manual and learn these before you are faced with an actual emergency or mechanical failure.
- Check Engine Light—this warning could represent any number of potential problems ranging from a loose gas cap to a critical part malfunction. In most cases, it is perfectly fine to drive for a day or two after the light comes on before having it checked, but you should not wait any longer. If, however, the check engine light is flashing, pull off the road and turn off your car It needs to be towed to your nearest or preferred Kia Dealer to avoid severe or possibly permanent damage
- ABS/ESC/Downhill Assist—any of these warnings could indicate a possible malfunction within your anti-lock braking system. It could be a fairly benign issue or something more serious, but you don’t want to risk compromised brakes under any circumstances. It is most likely that an ABS failure would result in decreased functionality, not a total failure, but again it is important to have it checked.
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System—Most of you know that when that light comes on it means you need air in your tires. The light could be illuminated temporarily due to weather induced tire pressure fluctuations of only 1-2 lbs. On a cold morning, for example, the signal could be on, but once you start driving and the tire warms, pressure will expand and it may go off. It may be the one signal drivers feel most comfortable ignoring and may not seem like such a big deal unless you get a flat. The warning light lets you know that you need air in your tires, but not when how much. If you have a nail or quick leak in your tire, you could have a flat the next time you drive. We advise checking your tire pressure every other week and maintaining the recommended inflation pressure not only to keep you on the road but to extend the life of your tires.
As with any issues or questions, please call our Service managers and they will be happy to help.