When our customers in the Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg, Easton, and Nazareth areas ask what's the best way to lengthen the lifespan of their truck, our answer is simple: keep up with regular maintenance and know your Ford F-150 dashboard symbols.

To help you understand what these Ford symbols mean and the steps to take should one ever appear, the team at Ray Price Stroud Ford put together this useful truck dashboard symbols guide. 

Continue reading before scheduling an appointment at our service center by the Lehigh Valley area.

Green Indicator Ford Symbols

If you aren't already aware, there are three different types of symbols that appear on your F-150's dashboard. The easiest way to understand what they mean is to look at them like a traffic light.

Green indicator Ford symbols illuminate whenever a normal vehicle feature is engaged, while yellow and red symbols alert you to any issues or serious malfunctions. 

Some of the most common green indicator symbols you'll come across include:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) Indicator. This symbol looks like a car set over a speedometer. It turns on to indicate when ACC is engaged.

  • Blind Spot Monitor Indicator. This symbol looks like one vehicle driving in another's blind spot and turns on when your Blind Spot Monitor is active.

  • Brake System Indicator. This symbol looks like an exclamation point and the letter P inside two circles and indicates your parking brake is actively engaged.

  • Cruise Control Indicator. This symbol looks like a speedometer and indicates your cruise control is in use.

  • 4-Wheel Drive Indicators. These symbols will turn on when a specific drivetrain is selected. They will appear as either 2H, 4A, 4L, or 4H.

  • Front Fog Lamps Indicator. This symbol looks like a headlamp with crisscrossed lines in front of it and indicates that your fog lights are turned on.

  • Hill Descent Indicator. This symbol looks like a truck driving down a hill and indicates when your Hill Descent Control is turned on.

  • Auto Start-Stop Indicator. This symbol looks like the letter A encircled by an arrow and turns on when Auto Start-Stop is in use.

  • Traction and Stability Control. This symbol looks like a vehicle on a curvy road and appears when your Traction Control system is engaged.

Yellow and Red Dashboard Warning Symbols 

Yellow warning symbols are designed to caution you when a non-emergency issue is detected, while red warning symbols appear when a serious malfunction has occurred.

While it might be tempting to ignore these symbols, doing so increases your risk of a breakdown, costly repairs, or an accident. The best thing to do is immediately pull over to assess the issue before heading to a service center.

Some common warning symbols to look out for include:

  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) Warning. This symbol looks the letters ABS inside a circle and turns on when your system has malfunctioned or isn't properly working.

  • Battery Warning. This symbol looks like the top of a battery and illuminates and turns on when a serious charging fault is detected. Do not turn off your engine until you can reach a safe destination.

  • Check 4x4 Warning. This symbol is depicted as a wrench and will say CHECK 4X4 when a malfunction is detected.

  • Electric Park Brake Warning. This symbol appears as a zig-zagged arrow inside a circle. It illuminates to warn you of a malfunction with the parking brake.

  • Engine Coolant Temperature Warning. This symbol looks like a thermometer submerged in liquid and will turn on if the engine coolant is too high. When it turns on, pull over right away to allow the engine to cool.

  • Engine Oil Warning. This symbol is depicted as a dripping oil can. If it illuminates while driving, it indicates an error. Stop your truck immediately to check the engine oil.

  • Low Tire Pressure Warning. This symbol looks like an exclamation point inside of brackets. It turns on when the pressure in one or more of your tires is low. Consult your owner's manual to determine proper tire pressure.

  • Powertrain Malfunction Warning. This symbol also appears as a wrench and appears when there's an error inside either the powertrain or all-wheel drive system.

  • Service Engine Soon. When this symbol turns on, there's a general problem within the engine, which is exactly what it appears as.

  • Transmission Tow/Haul Warning. Quite simply, this symbol says TOW HAUL. It appears when there's an error in your towing system. 

Schedule a Service Appointment Today!

Understanding your Ford F-150 dashboard symbols is one of the simplest ways to ensure your safety and performance while out on the road.

However, if you see an unknown symbol pop up on your dash, don't hesitate to schedule a service appointment at Ray Price Stroud Ford. We're happy to help all our Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg, Easton, Lehigh Valley, and Nazareth customers with all their automotive needs.

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