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Hyundai Car Dashboard Symbols and Meanings

As soon as a dashboard warning light illuminates, driver’s minds begin to race with the fear of a vehicle malfunction or costly repair. While some warning lights unfortunately spell trouble, others can simply indicate what systems are in use. To help navigate what your Hyundai dashboard might be telling you, find the Hyundai dashboard warning light symbols and what they mean below.

What are the Hyundai dashboard warning lights and what do they mean?

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Hyundai supplemental restraint system dashboard warning light

Supplemental Restraint System Warning Light

This light will turn on each time you start the car. If it does not turn off after approximately 6 seconds, visit your local Hyundai service center.


Hyundai seat belt dashboard warning light

Seat Belt Warning Light

This light turns on to alert the driver that someone does not have their seat belt fastened.


Hyundai parking brake and brake fluid dashboard warning light

Parking Brake and Brake Fluid Warning Light

If this light illuminates for longer than 6 seconds, either your parking brake has been applied or your brake fluid is running low.


Hyundai anti-lock brake dashboard warning light

Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) Warning Light

If this light is illuminated for more than 6 seconds, something may be wrong with your anti-lock brake system. Visit your local Hyundai service center. Note – you will still have normal brake function.


Hyundai electronic brake force distribution dashboard warning light

Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) System Warning Light

When both the anti-lock braking system warning light and the parking brake and brake fluid warning lights are illuminated at the same time, your vehicle’s braking system has malfunctioned and will not function properly. This can cause very serious driving hazards. Avoid high speed driving and sudden braking and visit your local Hyundai service center ASAP.


Hyundai electric power steering dashboard warning light

Electric Power Steering (EPS) Warning Light

If this light is illuminated after the engine has turned on, there may be a problem with your electric power steering system. Visit your local Hyundai service center.


Hyundai malfunction indicator lamp dashboard warning light

Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL)

If this light remains on after the engine has turned on, there may be a problem with your emission control system or catalytic converter. Visit your local Hyundai service center.


Hyundai charging system dashboard warning light

Charging System Warning Light

If the charging system warning light is illuminated after the engine begins running, your vehicle’s battery is not being charged.


Hyundai engine oil pressure dashboard warning light

Engine Oil Pressure Warning Light

This light signals that your engine oil pressure is low. Pull over to a safe location and turn off your vehicle. Check your oil levels and add oil as needed. If this does not turn the light off or spare oil is not available, have your vehicle towed to the nearest Hyundai service center.


Hyundai low fuel level dashboard warning light

Low Fuel Level Warning Light

The low fuel light signals that your vehicle is about to run out of fuel. Head to the nearest gas station as soon as possible.


Hyundai low tire pressure dashboard warning light

Low Tire Pressure Warning Light

This light will turn on if one or more of your tires are significantly underinflated.


Hyundai automatic emergency braking dashboard warning light

Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) Warning Light

This light is illuminated when your Automatic Emergency Braking system is not functioning due to being turned off, a stained cover, or a system malfunction.


Hyundai door ajar dashboard warning light

Door Ajar Warning Light

This light is illuminated when one of your vehicle’s doors is not closed securely.


Hyundai trunk open dashboard warning light

Trunk Open Warning Light

This light is illuminated when the trunk of your vehicle is not close securely.


Hyundai electronic parking brake dashboard warning light

Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) Warning Light

When this light turns on, there may be a problem with your electronic parking brake system. Visit your local Hyundai service center.

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Hyundai master warning light dashboard warning light

Master Warning Light

The LCD display in your vehicle should identify the cause of this warning light. Possibilities include a problem with your low washer, Smart cruise control, etc.


Hyundai electronic stability control dashboard warning light

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) Indicator Light

If this light is blinking, that signals the ESC system is in use. If this light is not flashing, that signals a malfunction with the ESC system. If your system has malfunctioned, visit your local Hyundai service center.


Hyundai electronic stability control OFF dashboard warning light

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) OFF Indicator Light

This light signals that your ESC system has been turned off.


Hyundai immobilizer indicator light dashboard warning light

Immobilizer Indicator Light (With No Smart Key)

If this light is solid, your vehicle has detected the immobilizer in your key and you can now start your engine. If this light is blinking, there is a malfunction with the immobilizer system and you should visit your local Hyundai service center.


Hyundai immobilizer indicator light dashboard warning light

Immobilizer Indicator Light (With Smart Key)

If this light is solid, your vehicle has detected a smart key and you can now start your engine. If this light is blinking, your vehicle cannot detect a smart key and will not start.


Hyundai turn signal indicator dashboard warning light

Turn Signal Indicator Light

This light signals the use of your turn signals. If this light does not illuminate or blink while using your turn signals, there has been a malfunction. Visit your local Hyundai service center.


Hyundai high beam indicator dashboard warning light

High Beam Indicator Light

This indicator light signals that your high beams are currently in use.


Hyundai smart high beam indicator dashboard warning light

Smart High Beam Indicator

This indicator light signals that your smart high beams are currently in use.


Hyundai light ON indicator dashboard warning light

Light ON Indicator Light

This indicator light signals that your headlights and/or your taillights are currently in use.


Hyundai adaptive front lighting system dashboard warning light

Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFLS) Warning Light

This warning light indicates a malfunction with the adaptive front lighting system. Pull over in a safe location and turn off your vehicle. If the light is still on after restarting your vehicle, visit your local Hyundai service center.


Hyundai cruise indicator dashboard warning light

Cruise Indicator Light

This indicator light signals that your cruise control is enabled.


Hyundai cruise SET indicator dashboard warning light

Cruise SET Indicator Light

This indicator light signals that your cruise control speed has been set.


Hyundai auto hold indicator dashboard warning light

AUTO HOLD Indicator Light

When this indicator light is displayed as white or green, that signals the system is currently on or in use. If this indicator light is displayed as red, there is a system malfunction and you should visit your local Hyundai service center.


Hyundai SPORT mode indicator dashboard warning light

SPORT Mode Indicator Light

This indicator light signals that SPORT mode is currently the driving mode in use.


Hyundai ECO Mode indicator dashboard warning light

ECO Mode Indicator Light

This indicator light signals that ECO Mode is currently the driving mode in use.


Hyundai lane keeping assist system dashboard warning light

Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) Indicator Light

If this indicator light is displaying green, that means the operating conditions have been met. If the light displays as white, the operating conditions have not been met. If the light displays as yellow, this system has malfunctioned, and you should visit your local Hyundai service center.


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