Honda Warning Lights

The colourful display on your Honda can be difficult to understand, but these symbols are there to keep you safe and to ensure that your car stays in good working order. Honda warning lights come in three colours - red, orange and green - which denotes their severity. 

If you see a red or orange warning light on your dashboard, then these require immediate attention, and you should book a service with Swansway Honda today.

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Red Honda car warning lights

Red car warning light symbols will illuminate if there's a fault with a part of your Honda vehicle that needs further investigation. If you see a red warning light illuminated on your dashboard, then you should always seek help immediately as your car may no longer be safe to drive. Some of the red warning lights that you may see include:

The ABS light

A red ABS light will illuminate on your dashboard when your handbrake is applied. If the light does not go off when your handbrake is released, then this could be to indicate that there is a fault with your brakes, your brake fluid level is low, or that your brake pads need replacing and you should have your car inspected by a garage as soon as possible. 

The engine cooling light 

The engine cooling light will illuminate on your dashboard, if you have insufficient cooling fluid in your radiator or if your vehicle is overheating. If you see the red engine cooling light on your Honda dashboard, then you should pull over immediately to check your coolant levels. If the light remains illuminated once your levels have been restored, then this could indicate a fault with your cooling system.. 

The engine oil pressure light

If your engine oil pressure light comes on, then you should stop your car immediately and switch off your engine. Usually, the light will illuminate to tell you that your engine oil level is low; however, it may also light up if there is a more complicated fault in your engine oil system. If the light does not go off once when you top up your engine oil, then you should take your vehicle in for a service to establish the root of the problem - there may be a problem with your sensor.

The power steering light

The power steering light will appear if there is a problem with your power steering system. This could be a leak, an issue with the pump or a fault in the electrics and you should seek assistance immediately to ensure that you maintain control of your vehicle.

The airbag light

The red airbag light will illuminate if a problem has been detected in your airbag system. If you see a red airbag warning light on your dashboard, then you must have your vehicle serviced immediately as your safety features may no longer be working as they should be. 

The airbag off light

If you are using a child seat in the front passenger seat of your car, then you will need to turn your passenger airbag off. The red airbag off light will illuminate to let you know that your passenger airbag is no longer enabled. 

The red seat belt light

The red seat belt light will illuminate to indicate that someone has not buckled up their seat belt but should go off when all passengers are safely secured. If the seatbelt sign does not go off, despite everyone buckling their belts, then this could indicate a fault in your seat belt system and should be investigated for your safety. 

The battery light

A red battery light will usually illuminate briefly when you first start up your car. However, if the light remains illuminated on your Honda dashboard, then this could be because there is a problem with your charging system or your battery is flat. Without a working battery and charging system, you may be unable to start your car, and so if your vehicle is running, you should take it to a service station immediately. 


​​Orange Honda dashboard warning lights 

Orange dashboard warning lights are an advisory symbol and usually indicate that action is required on a part of your vehicle. If you see an orange warning light on your dashboard, you should bring your car in for a service as soon as possible so that the error can be fixed before it becomes more serious. Some of the most common orange warning lights that you may see include: 

The orange engine management light

The orange engine management light will illuminate if a fault or problem has been detected in your vehicle's engine or exhaust system. You should take your car to a garage as soon as possible to find out what has triggered the light so that it does not cause any further damage to your vehicle. 

The diesel particulate filter light

If you have a diesel Honda, then your vehicle will have a diesel particulate filter to trap harmful particles. If an orange diesel particulate filter light appears, then this indicates that your filter needs to be replaced and so you should visit a garage as soon as possible to ensure that the filter is trapping all harmful particles. 

The glow plug light

If you have a diesel Honda, then the orange glow plug light will usually appear briefly while your glow plugs warm up as you start your vehicle. If the glow plug warning light remains illuminated while you are driving, then this indicates that there is a fault with your glow plugs and they may need to be replaced. 

The tyre pressure light

Modern Honda vehicles are now fitted with tyre pressure sensors to tell you when your tyre pressures are below optimum levels. If you see the orange tyre pressure warning light on your dashboard, then this indicates that one or more of your tyres is running low. Pullover as soon as it is safe to do so and check your tyre pressures and re-fill any that are low. If the light remains illuminated even when your tyre pressures are correct, then this could indicate a problem with the sensor. 

The blind-spot warning light

If your car is fitted with a blind spot detector, then this light will illuminate in the relevant wing mirror to let you know that there is an object in your blind spot. A sound may also be emitted. If the light remains on when you are stationary, and there is nothing in your blind spot, then this could indicate a fault with your system. 

Service reminder lights

If your car is due for a service, an orange service light will illuminate on your dashboard. This light will usually be accompanied by a countdown. You must have your vehicle serviced regularly, and so if you see a service reminder light, then you should book your car in for a service as soon as possible.  

The Vehicle Stability Assist light

If you own a new Honda, then your car will be fitted with a sophisticated Vehicle Stability Assist system that is designed to help prevent you from skidding. If this light is illuminated, then it means that your VSA system has been manually switched off. If the VSA system light remains on when the VSA is active, then this could indicate a fault in the system. 

The lane warning light

If your vehicle is fitted with Lane Assist, then this light will illuminate to let you know when your car is straying from its lane. You should take corrective action immediately. 

The collision warning light

Another feature of Lane Assist, the collision warning light will illuminate if a hazard has been detected in front of your vehicle. You should take evasive action immediately, however the system is also able to apply the brakes on your behalf if you do not respond. 


Green Honda warning lights

Finally, we come to green warning lights that usually indicate that a system is in use and is working properly. Some of the green lights that you may see on your Honda dashboard include;

The cruise control light 

If you have turned cruise control on, then a green symbol will appear on your dashboard to indicate that the system is active. An additional green symbol will accompany this once the speed has been set

The ECON light

If your vehicle has an Economy Mode, then the ECON light will illuminate to show that it is active. When using ECON mode, your vehicle will adjust your air conditioning and engine settings to make them as efficient as possible. 

Headlight lights

And lastly, your Honda will display a selection of green lights to indicate when your exterior lights are on, your auto-high beam mode is activated, or your fog light is illuminated. If you are manually controlling your high beams, then a blue high beam light will illuminate when your high beams are active. 


Warning lights can be confusing at first, but it is essential to familiarise yourself with them so that you can take the relevant action to keep yourself and your vehicle safe. If you see a red or orange warning light on your Honda dashboard, then give us a call or book a service with us today, and we will be able to assist you.

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