We’ll give you some insight into the Ford Escape dashboard symbols. You’ll learn the difference between the indicator lights and the warning lights. We’ll show you what these lights mean, and what you should do when they appear while you’re out on the road. If you’re vehicle does require service.
Ford Escape Dashboard Symbols & Warning Lights
When you encounter a Ford Escape dashboard light, the first thing you’ll want to know is whether it’s an emergency that requires immediate attention, or if it’s just a warning that something’s amiss. Some lights, in fact, are even just indicators that let you know things are working the way they should. Let’s look at a few of the most common you might see.
Ford Escape Dashboard Symbols
- Cruise Control. When you engage your cruise control system, this light will appear on your dashboard to remind you that you’ve activated the system.
- High Beam. This symbol will appear on your dashboard when you turn your high beams on, and it will remain lit until you turn your high beams off.
- Stability Control. If your vehicle experiences a loss of traction, your stability control system will activate until the vehicle regains stability and traction.
- Direction Indicator. When you activate your turn signal, this light will flash until the turn is completed
Ford Escape Warning Lights
- Anti-Lock Braking System. If this light appears, it means that your vehicle detected a malfunction with your ABS. Normal braking can still be achieved, but you should have this system checked by your Ford dealer at your earliest convenience.
- Battery. This light means that there is a malfunction with your battery. You should turn off all unnecessary electrical equipment and contact your Ford dealer immediately.
- Engine Coolant Temperature. When this light appears, you should immediately pull over to safety and turn off the engine to let it cool. If this light continues to appear, contact your Ford dealer as soon as possible.
- Engine Oil. If you’re out on the road, and this light pops on, you should stop the vehicle, turn the engine off, and check the oil level. If low, refill to the appropriate level. If the oil level isn’t low, and the light still appears, don’t continue to drive. Contact your Ford dealer right away.
Positive Indicator Lights
Positive indicator lights let you know that things are working properly and that systems are engaged. For example, a car that has dual S-curves behind the wheels lets you know your Stability Control system is engaged. If you see a car between two dotted lane lines, that’s letting you know your Lane Keeping System is engaged. Finally, the letter A inside an open circle lets you know your Auto Start-Stop engine feature is working properly.
The most common yellow warning light is a picture of an engine. This is the infamous Check Engine light. It means that there’s a malfunction somewhere in your system. While the car remains drivable, whatever the problem is needs to be diagnosed and fixed quickly, or it can turn into something worse. Sometimes this just indicates a loose fuel cap, so tighten that up first and see if it goes off after driving a bit.
Lights that are red usually indicate imminent danger, to the point where you should stop driving immediately. The most common of these include a picture of a battery, which indicates an issue with your charging system (your car could stall out and not start again).
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List of All Ford Escape dashboard symbols and meaning