It's never a fun experience when a dashboard light appears on the dashboard of your Honda Civic while you're out on the road somewhere in the East Stroudsburg, Stroudsburg, Bethlehem, Easton and Jim Thorpe area. But if you're able to determine what that light means, you'll be prepared to handle the situation like a professional. If you're unaware of your dashboard lights and their meanings, our team at Ray Price Honda is here to help you. 

We're going to show you the difference between condition indicators and malfunction indicators. We'll also go over what they mean and what you should do when they appear. This is your Honda Civic dashboard light guide.

Condition Indicators vs Malfunction Indicators

Condition indicators are lights that are asking you to perform an action. The action could be anything from shutting your door completely to needing service soon. Malfunction indicators are another story altogether. These lights are indicating that there's a system or component that's malfunctioning, and if you choose to ignore it, it could result in further damage with your vehicle.

Honda Civic Condition Indicators

  • Seat Belt Reminder: This light will appear and an audible chime will emit if you haven't buckled your seat belt. This light will flash and the sound will continue until you connect the seat belt.
  • Low Tire Pressure: This light indicates that one or more of your tires is running on low air pressure. When this light appears, you should pull over to safety or a gas station, if convenient, and inflate the tire. If the tire is at its appropriate level, contact your Honda dealer to check the system.
  • Maintenance Minder™: When this light appears, it just tells you that it's time for maintenance based on your last service and the miles that you've since driven.

Honda Civic Malfunction Indicators 

  • Brake System: If this light comes on, it means that either there's a malfunction with your braking system, or your brake fluid level is low. Pull over to safety and check your brake fluid level. If the brake level is adequate and the light continues, contact your Honda dealer immediately.
  • Low Oil Pressure: When this light appears, you should pull over and open the hood to check the oil and add if necessary. Contact your Honda dealer if the vehicle is good on oil, but the light stays on.
  • Charging System: You should turn off all your non-essential electrical equipment if this light appears to help keep your vehicle powered. You should contact your Honda dealer immediately.
  • Electric Power Steering: If this light occurs, you should pull over to safety and reach out to your Honda dealer. Don't resume your journey because controlling your vehicle could become increasingly difficult without this system functioning properly.

If you notice any of these lights appear on your dashboard and you need assistance, don't hesitate to call us at Ray Price Honda or schedule a service appointment. We're always willing to lend a helping hand to our drivers in the East Stroudsburg, Stroudsburg, Bethlehem, Easton and Jim Thorpe areas.

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