MAZDA CX-5 Dashboard Light Guide


With stunning style, impressive performance, and a host of great features, it’s easy to see why drivers are so enamored with the 2019 Mazda CX-5. While you’re exploring this great vehicle, you may wonder: What do all those dashboard lights mean?

We talked to the technicians at Faulkner Mazda to find out what some of the most common dashboard lights mean, and we’ve got the answers you need! Whether you’re exploring Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, or Carlisle, you’ll love our handy 2019 Mazda CX-5 dashboard light guide.

Green Light Indicator

Green Lights

Green lights generally indicate a feature has been engaged or a system is operating. Here are some of the most common green lights you might see.

Seat Belt Indicator Light: This light simply means someone has forgotten to fasten their seatbelt. It looks like a person strapped in, so if you see this light, make sure everyone is buckled up and ready to go.

Lights-On Indicator Light: If you see what appears to be some green headlights on your dashboard, that simply means your lights are turned on. It’s just a reminder to keep you aware of what’s going on with your vehicle’s headlights.

KEY Indicator Light: This icon appears as a key with an exclamation point through it. When this light illuminates green, it means that the correct key is in the ignition, so the engine can start. If the light flashes, it means that the key battery is low and needs to be replaced.

Cruise Set Indicator Light: This graphic looks almost like a mini speedometer without numbers. When illuminated green, it indicates that your cruise control speed has been set.

Warning Indicators

Amber Lights

Amber lights are used to get your attention and let you know that something is amiss. They’re an easy way to alert you to a potential situation, so you can take the necessary precautions

Parking Brake Warning: If you see a “P” in a circle with an exclamation point, that indicates your electric parking brake is still engaged while you’re trying to drive. It can also mean something is not working correctly with your electric parking system. You should make sure everything is operating properly before you head out on the road.

Master Warning Light: Have you seen an amber exclamation point inside a triangle? This icon means a system malfunction has occurred, and your car requires service. If you see this light, contact your mechanic immediately.

Cruise Main Indicator Light: Like the Cruise Set Indicator Light, when illuminated amber, it means that the cruise control system is activated.

Battery Light

Red Lights

Red lights require your immediate attention. These alerts mean something is malfunctioning and should be attended to sooner rather than later. Here are some of the red lights on the Mazda CX-5 dashboard and what they mean.

Security Indicator Light: If you see a red lock on your dashboard, that means you’ve left your security system engaged when it shouldn’t be. It will keep flashing until you disengage the security system. If it keeps flashing after that, talk to the professionals at your local service center.

Charging System Warning Light: If you see a red battery symbol light up, that means something has malfunctioned with the alternator or the charging system. Contact your service center professionals immediately, so they can fix it and get you back on the road.

High Engine Coolant Temperature Warning Light: You may notice that this light flashes briefly when you turn on the engine. It looks like a thermometer with three lines on the right side floating in water. When this light flashes red, immediately pull over—it means that your engine is extremely overheated and continuing to drive can result in serious damage.

KEY Warning Light: This will appear the same as the KEY Indicator Light. However, when it illuminates red, it can indicate that the key battery is dead. It may also mean that the system is unable to detect the key signal or that a similar key from another manufacturer is in range. Either way, your engine may not start.

Oil Light

Other Lights to Look Out For

Some more common lights you might encounter in your Mazda CX-5 include:

Brake System Warning Light: This graphic appears as a circle with an exclamation point inside, with parentheses on the outside. It lights up when the parking brake is applied or when your brake fluid is low.

Engine Oil Pressure Warning Light: This light looks like a little teakettle with a droplet coming from the spout. It will flash on and off when the engine is started. If it stays on while driving, it means that the oil pressure is low, and you may need to refill it before you continue driving.

Check Engine Light: This is another light that will switch on and off when the vehicle is started. However, if it remains on while driving, it can indicate that there’s a problem with the engine’s electrical system or that the fuel tank is very low. It may also mean that there’s a problem with the emission control system or that the fuel-filler cap is missing or needs to be tightened.

In any case, if you have dashboard lights that turn on, it’s important to get them checked out by the auto technicians at your local Mazda dealership. That way, you’ll prevent an even greater problem before it starts and essentially prolong your vehicle’s lifespan.

Check Out the 2019 MAZDA CX-5 Today

Now that you’ve read about the 2019 Mazda CX dashboard light guide, it’s time to see it up close and personal at Faulkner Mazda today! Head over to our dealership to explore our inventory, speak with our staff, and schedule a test drive in the vehicle of your choice.

Additionally, our service center will provide the proper care for your Mazda vehicle, so that it’s always in its best shape and performing well. We’ve helped drivers from Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Carlisle, and we’re ready to help you, too, so visit us today!

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