Know Your Lights! Honda Civic Warning Light Guide

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Vehicle warning lights appear to help you stay informed about your vehicle

Warning lights on a Honda Civic

We hate to see them be we know how important they are. Yes, we are talking about the warning lights on a Honda Civic. These little illuminating reminders can be a real money saver if you are knowledgeable about what they mean and what actions to take when they appear. So whether you just want to become more familiar with your Civic, or if your gauge cluster is suddenly lit up with a bunch of confusing signals, learn what the warning lights on a Honda Civic mean and become a savvier car owner.

Some symbols on the dash of your Honda Civic are pretty self-explanatory, like the “lights on”, “open trunk” and “seat belt” reminder indicators, but some are a little bit more uncommon. Here is a list of what some of those unknown warning lights on a Honda Civic may be and what they are trying to tell you.


Low Oil Pressure Indicator

Low Oil Pressure Indicator – This is a biggie. If you see the low oil pressure indicator light up on your Civic’s dash, be sure to schedule a service appointment immediately. Ignoring this symbol can lead to very costly damages later on down the road. When your low oil pressure indicator lights up, your engine is not getting the proper lubrication it needs to run properly or is low on engine oil and it could cease up.



Check Engine Light Indicator or Malfunction Indicator

Malfunction Indicator– Also known as the Check-Engine Light. This warning light on a Honda Civic is telling you that there is a problem with the engine emission control system. Sounds scary right? Well not all of the time, this light could be illuminated for something as little as the gas cap being loose or not on. However, if this light is blinking, this usually means an engine misfiring is detected, which is a more serious problem. If you notice the light is on, but not blinking, take things slow and visit a repair shop to look into it. If it is blinking, find the nearest place possible and park your vehicle. Next, shut the motor off for at least ten minutes and then turn your vehicle back on. If it continues to blink, drive to the nearest repair shop immediately and do not exceed 30 mph, driving fast with a blinking check engine light can seriously damage your vehicle.

Daytime running lights indicator– Daytime running light indicator is shown as DRL on your dash and is just a safety precaution for driving your vehicle during the daytime. If you notice your light is blinking, be sure to make sure once you stop driving and shut it off, no lights are left on to avoid a drained battery. When the light is blinking, it could also mean your daytime lights are burnt out.


Immobilizer System Indicator

Immobilizer System – The immobilizer system warning lights on a Honda Civic is your vehicle’s anti-theft system. Honda Civics from 2003 and up come equipped with keys that have computer chips in them, which lets your car know that the right key is being used to operate it. If this signal lights up on your dash, you may not be able to turn your Civic’s ignition. In order to fix this problem, try the spare key or contact a certified Honda dealership for assistance.

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