Knowing what each of your car's warning lights means is essential to owning a vehicle. With the help of automotive experts, we are here to share information on what you should do when all of the warning lights come on in your Acura ILX.
Not all of the warning lights on your car's dashboard mean something is wrong with your car. Sometimes a warning light means that you have activated or deactivated a particular feature. The light acts as a reminder.
Here are the warning lights that you can encounter on an Acura ILX.
- Parking Brake and Brake System Indicator (Red)
- Brake System Indicator (Amber)
- Low Oil Pressure Indicator
- Transmission System Indicator
- Malfunction Indicator Lamp
- Charging System Indicator
- Seat Belt Reminder Indicator
- Low Fuel Indicator
- Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) Indicator
- Supplemental Restraint System Indicator
- Electric Power Steering (EPS) System Indicator
- Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System Indicator
- Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) OFF Indicator
- Low Tire Pressure/ TPMS Indicator
- System Message Indicator
Knowing the meaning behind every warning light your vehicle displays is essential. It can help keep you safe and prevent damage to your car. For more information about the warning lights in an Acura ILX, keep reading below.
Different Warning Lights In An Acura ILX
The different warning lights of the Acura ILX have specific purposes and may have different meanings depending on the color of the light and how it's displayed (on/blinking).
Having an icon lit up or blinking can mean different things, so knowing which is a warning is a must. Below you can find the different warning lights of the Acura ILX and what to do if you encounter any of them.
Parking Brake and Brake System Indicator (Red)
The parking brake and brake system indicator will be displayed briefly after turning on your vehicle. It will also stay on if you have engaged your parking brake, and it should disappear when you release it.
If the parking brake and brake system indicator come on while you're driving, ensure that your parking brake is fully released. If the icon is still on, check your brake fluid, as it may be running low.
Another problem that may cause your car to display this icon is that your brake system is damaged. If your vehicle stops working properly, try putting the car in a lower gear to perform an engine brake.
Having the brake system indicator on while simultaneously having the ABS on may mean that the electronic brake distribution system is not working.
Brake System Indicator (Amber)
As with the brake system indicator with a red light, the brake system indicator with an amber light will come on when you start the vehicle and should disappear afterward.
It is not normal for this light to be on while driving, so if this happens, have your vehicle checked by a mechanic.
When the brake system indicator (amber light) is on, there is probably a problem with your vehicle's system related to braking. But when this light is on, you should still have normal braking, since this problem is not associated with conventional braking.
Low Oil Pressure Indicator
The low oil pressure indicator will come on after starting up your vehicle but will disappear after a short while.
Your engine's oil pressure is probably low if the low oil pressure indicator comes on while you're driving.
When you see this warning light, stop in a safe and level area, turn off your vehicle for about a minute, then check your oil level. If you are low on oil, add the necessary amount.
After that, start your car again. If the warning light goes away, you can continue driving. If not, contact a mechanic.
Transmission System Indicator
When the transmission system indicator icon blinks, there may be something wrong with your vehicle's automatic transmission or related components. You may still be able to drive with this warning light on, but it's best to have it checked.
If this light comes on, avoid sudden starts or acceleration, as this may damage your transmission.
Malfunction Indicator Lamp
The malfunction indicator lamp could come on after starting your car and will go away after your engine starts or after several seconds if the engine does not start. If the "readiness codes" have not been set, it should blink five times before it goes off.
This warning light will come on if the sensors detect a problem with your car's emissions control system. If the malfunction indicator lamp is blinking, there is a misfire in the vehicle's engine.
Charging System Indicator
The charging system indicator will come on every time the vehicle is turned on and disappear after a few moments. This warning light will come on while driving when your car has a problem with the charging system.
If your vehicle displays this warning light, it's best to turn off the car's climate control and rear defogger to help reduce electricity consumption.
Seat Belt Reminder Indicator
The seat belt reminder indicator will beep if the driver and front passenger are not wearing their seat belts while the vehicle's power mode is at 'ON.' If you drive without fastening your seat belt, the indicator will come back on and beep after a few moments.
If everyone in the front of the car is wearing their seat belt and the warning light is still displayed, accompanied by the beeping, have your vehicle checked. There may be something wrong with the sensor.
Low Fuel Indicator
The low fuel indicator will come on when the vehicle starts to run out of fuel. You should keep an eye out for when the low fuel indicator starts blinking, because it could mean there is a problem with the fuel gauge.
When your low fuel indicator starts blinking, have your vehicle checked. A technician can inspect your gauges and sensors for any problems.
Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) Indicator
Your anti-lock brake system (ABS) indicator will come on when you start your vehicle, and it should go away. This warning light will stay or come on if something is wrong with your ABS.
If this warning light comes on, check your vehicle to ensure that your ABS works properly. Note that you will still have normal braking even with this warning light, but you will not have any anti-lock functions.
Supplemental Restraint System Indicator
The supplemental restraint system indicator will come on when the vehicle is turned on and will turn off after a while.
This warning light will stay on when your car detects a problem with your supplemental restraint system, side airbag system, side curtain airbag system, or seat belt tensioner.
Have your vehicle checked when you constantly see this light. There may be a problem with the sensors of any of the related parts.
Electric Power Steering (EPS) System Indicator
The electric power steering (EPS) system indicator will come on when you set the power mode to 'ON,' and then after a few moments, it will turn off. The warning light will come on or stay on when there is a problem with your EPS system.
When you see the EPS system indicator warning light display while driving, stop your car at a safe place and restart the engine. If the warning light disappears, you may resume driving. If it doesn't go off, call a mechanic and have your vehicle checked.
Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System Indicator
The vehicle stability assist (VSA) system indicator will come on when the power mode is set to 'ON' and will turn off afterward. When this light is blinking, it means that VSA is activated.
This warning light will stay on if there is a problem with the VSA system or the hill start assist system. If this warning light is constantly on, take your car to a mechanic or dealer and get it checked.
Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) OFF Indicator
The VSA OFF indicator will come on when you set the power mode to 'ON' and should disappear after a few seconds. This light will be displayed when the VSA is partially disabled.
Low Tire Pressure/ TPMS Indicator
The Low Tire Pressure/TPMS Indicator warning light will be displayed when the power mode is at 'ON.' This warning light can also come on when one or more tires is significantly low on pressure.
This warning light will blink for about a minute and stay on if there is a problem with your car's TPMS. It can also blink if a compact spare tire is at the back of the vehicle instead of the regular one.
Inflating your vehicle's tires should make the warning light disappear. But if the warning light keeps blinking or stays on, have it checked by a mechanic.
System Message Indicator
The system message indicator will appear when you set the power mode to 'ON' and should disappear if nothing is wrong.
This warning light will come on accompanied by a beep when there is a problem. Also, a multi-information display will show at the same time.
Knowing what is wrong with your vehicle is essential. That's why there are warning lights in your Acura ILX to help you pinpoint what might be causing any problems.
Some of these problems can be easily fixed, but others will require professional help.
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