Ford Escape Dashboard Light Guide


Did you know that the leaky faucet symbol on your Ford Escape dashboard isn’t actually a faucet? It’s an oil can, and it indicates a critical malfunction. Knowing the different warning and indicator lights on your dashboard is an important part of owning a vehicle.

So to help our Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Downey customers, our team at Norm Reeves Ford Superstore Cerritos has created this helpful Ford Escape dashboard light guide for you to reference. If you’re ever unsure about what indicator light you’re seeing or if you think that your vehicle needs servicing, contact our Ford service department.

Ford Escape Warning Lamps and Indicators

2016 Ford Escape Dashboard Light Guide

Before we get started, it’s important to note that many of the dashboard lights will perform an initial check when you first start your vehicle. Lights should illuminate briefly and then shut off. If any light remains on or turns on while driving, then this could be a sign of a potential problem.

  • Airbag (front): This dashboard light shows a seated passenger wearing their safety belt with an inflated airbag in front of them. If the light is blinking or remains illuminated after startup, there might be a problem with the front airbag. Schedule service as soon as possible.
  • Battery: Like the name implies, this light looks like a car battery with a positive and a negative end. If it turns on, then a malfunction has occurred. Turn off any electrical equipment that you don’t need (such as the radio) and have the vehicle serviced immediately.
  • Low tire pressure warning: While it may look like an odd horseshoe with an exclamation mark inside it, this light actually depicts a tire with low air pressure. If the light is steady, then one or more tires may need air. If blinking, then you should have the vehicle inspected by a certified Ford technician.
  • Service engine soon: Most of us who have been driving for a few years are familiar with this dashboard light. But for new drivers, this is one you need to know. It looks like a motor and can be flashing or steady, depending on the issue. If it’s flashing then your engine may be misfiring. Avoid heavy acceleration and deceleration and get to an authorized Ford dealer immediately. If the light is steady, then another malfunction may have occurred that should be inspected by a technician.
  • Traction and Stability Control: The car shape with two curved lines beneath it will flash when the Traction and Stability Control system is active. Proceed with caution until traction is regained. If the light is steady, then a malfunction has occurred and the Ford Escape needs to be inspected by a technician.

Does Your Ford Escape Need Service?

We hope this Ford Escape dashboard light guide taught you about some of the indicator and warning lights that you might see while driving. If we didn’t cover the specific light that you’re seeing or if you think your Ford Escape needs servicing for any reason, drivers in the Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Downey area can contact us at Norm Reeves Ford Superstore Cerritos. You can even schedule a service appointment online.

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