The dashboard light indicators on any vehicle can cause a lot of confusion and anxiety on you as a car owner.  This is especially the case for the Ford Explorer.  When a light appears, many people simply do not know what to do.  It is difficult to understand the meaning of the light, if it should be a cause for concern, and what you should do about it.  Having a better understanding of these indicators can help you be alert of the current condition or state of your vehicle.  

In the event it is serious enough for an indicator to warrant service, experts at service centers such as Norm Reeves Ford Superstore will be able to get you the care you need.  Let's take a look at some of the indicators and what they can be defined as.

Adaptive Cruise Control

This indicator light looks like a combination of your car and the speedometer shown together.  The car will be to the top left corner of the speedometer.  When this indicator light appears, it simply means that your cruise control system is turned on.  There is no service needed with this light.

Stability Control System - On and Off

The stability control or traction control system of the Ford Explorer is pretty impressive.  This indicator light has your car at the top, followed by two squiggly lines coming off of it, to show the car sliding.  When this is on, it means the traction control system has been activated.  Vice versa, when the same symbol appears with the word "OFF" below it, it means that the traction control system is now disabled.  No service is needed, this simply means the feature is activated.

Airbag Indicator

Watch for the airbag indicator when the car is turned on.  This indicator looks like a side view of a person in a seatbelt sitting in a car with the airbag inflated in front of his or her body.  When the ignition of the car is turned out, check to see if this light appears.  If it does not, or if it continues to flash or remains on when the car is on, it is best to get it serviced to get the airbag repaired.

Warning Brake System Light

The Ford Explorer has a warning light to let you know that there is a problem with your brakes.  This light appears with the word "BRAKE" at the bottom of it.  Above it is two circles, one with an exclamation point in it, and the other with a "P" in it.  The first thing to check is if your emergency brake is on.  If it is not, and the light is illuminated, it is best to get it checked at a service provider such as Norm Reeves Ford Superstore.

Battery Alert

The battery has an indicator light in the Ford Explorer as well.  This looks like a battery with a positive and negative sign.  When it stays lit while the car is running, there may be a malfunction with how the vehicle is charging and it is best to have it serviced.

Other Indicators

There are several more indicators to the Ford Explorer that are worth mentioning.  One looks like two squiggly lines with a thermometer above it.  This is an indicator that the engine coolant temperature is high.  Another indicator, that looks like a lamp, is indicative of an issue with the oil pressure.  Finally, the glass bowl looking indicator with an exclamation point in it signifies low tire pressure.  Be sure to check your tires when this becomes illuminated.


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