What do Honda’s dashboard warning lights mean?

By Product Expert | Posted in Honda Insight, Tips on Thursday, January 5th, 2017 at 8:56 pm
Honda dashboard warning lights

It can be stressful and frustrating when a warning light illuminates on your Honda’s dashboard and you don’t know what it means. Our team at Matt Castrucci Honda never wants you to feel overwhelmed, so we’re filling you in on what Honda’s dashboard warning lights look like and what they mean.

Honda dashboard warning light symbols and meanings

Honda has a variety of dashboard warning lights that will illuminate from time to time, but there is somewhat of a trick to understanding them. Red or amber lights are the most critical and indicate that there may be a problem with the vehicle. Blue or green lights are informational for the driver and are designed to let the driver know that a system, such as cruise control, is on or running.

Honda dashboard malfunction indicators

Malfunction indicators are typically red or amber in color and should be taken seriously. If one of these lights comes on and stays on, your vehicle may be in need of some attention. We recommend bringing it into an authorized Honda dealer.

Honda dashboard warning light symbols

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Honda dashboard condition indicators

Condition indicators let the driver know when an action, such as fastening a seatbelt or properly closing a door, needs to be taken. They may appear red or amber, but they are generally quick fixes that the driver can accomplish themselves. Take a look below at some common Honda condition indicator lights!

Honda dashboard warning condition indicators

Honda on/off indicator lights

On/off indicator lights are the least critical of Honda’s dashboard warning lights, as they simply indicate when a system is on or running. These indicators do not require immediate action or attention.

Honda dashboard on off indicators

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Have questions about a specific dashboard warning light you don’t see shown above? Give us a call and we’ll give you all the information you need. If you notice a dashboard warning light illuminates on your Honda and you want to have an expert look at it, give our service department at Matt Castrucci Honda a call or schedule a service appointment online today!

93 Responses to “What do Honda’s dashboard warning lights mean?”

  1. Anche Fischer says:

    I have a 2012 Honda Accord 2.4 A/T. slippery light, engine block and TSA light showing on instrument panel. Took vehicle to HONDA in Bedford View – they put vehicle on diagnostics and cannot find problem – what can it be? where else can we look?

  2. Analisa says:

    Matt, I want to let you know that I really appreciate your clear, detailed and easy to understand information. I had a light on in the dashboard and didn’t know what that meant, by reading your information I learned what I needed to do. It was so easy. Thank you!

  3. Dan Riley says:

    How do I reset the tire pressure light on my son’s 2007 CRV? My 2017 has the calibration setting but can’t find anything close to that on his car.

  4. Joanne Moran says:

    I have a 2015 Honda Touring and a light has come on 3 times in a 20 km drive. It is not one of the warning lights around the circumfrence of the speedometer but is in the centre unit where the odometer reading is. It came on as a big square orange light with a black mark and the car beeped three times and then the light went off. I can not find it in the manual anywhere. Any ideas?

  5. Dean Hedges says:

    Hi Matt , a good friend of mine has a 2006 Honda Inspire . 3.0ltr .we have a few warning light showing on the dashboard . Battery symbol , VSA , airbag , and an exclamation sign . On my OBD2 scanner I come up with fault number PO967 .pressure solenoid system is all I have to go by from my diagnostic booklet . Can you help .

  6. Sarah says:

    Hi I had a camera in a windscreen light come on on the dashboard this morning and don’t know what it means it’s a camera in a windscreen 3/4 are black and a bit white with a hand above the fuel gauge on left side above the steering wheel

  7. Linda says:

    I have a Honda Jazz automatic car. Been having a bit of bother when turning on ignition. Sometimes it takes two or three turns to “fire up”. However, today it just won’t start. When I get in I check its in “N”, turn the key and its then shows A8. Any ideas please?

  8. Megan Melaragno says:

    I have a 2016 Honda HR-V. The low tire pressure light is on. I have checked all 4 tires and put the appropriate amount of air in each one, but the light still won’t go off, even after having driven a while. What else can I do besides bring it in for an appointment?

  9. James Wayne Witcher says:

    Where is the D4 indicator light showing me the vehicle is in D4 mode on 2018 Ridgeline?

  10. Al rodriguez says:

    I have wrench and something that looks like faucet on???
    what us that

  11. Linda Englert says:

    I recently had a round orange light and beeping come on my 2016 Honda CRV. By the time I looked down which was about 2 seconds the light turned off. I have no idea what the light said. Do you have any suggestions?

  12. Wendy Carrillo says:

    I have a 2017 HRV EX, and the last couple of days I have seen a white round circle show up next to the ECCO and Water light and I’m not finding what this is. It will come on and go off but I have not seen this before.

  13. Gary Smith says:

    2012 Honda Civic. What does an i with a circle around it mean? Thanks

  14. john says:

    What does the B35 indictor light mean on a 2006 Honda Odyssey mean? I also have to change the oil at -305 (flashing)?

  15. Robert Buell says:

    what does the supplemental restraint system mean

  16. Robert Buell says:

    OK waiting for reply.

  17. Robert Buell says:

    Notice your office is in Dayton,Ohio. I am a native of Xenia, Ohio, I live in Florida now

  18. Angela Sorey says:

    These 2 lights are on in my 2013 Honda Accord, Vehicle stability assist system & electric powering steering. Why are they on?

  19. Steve George says:

    I have a 2017 HRV. A dashboard light comes on that is not shown in the owner’s manual. It is in the tach field (partial tach, not full circle). It is a round light just below the econ (green tree) light and above the water temperature light. It came on this morning during low speed city driving. The engine was warmed up.
    It is a variable intensity whitish to very light yellow light that seems to respond to engine speed.
    I called the service writer at the dealership and he had no clue.

  20. Dave says:

    There is a wrench light on and I don’t know what it means

  21. Brian says:

    What about the exclamation point inside of a triangle? I dont see that one on your list.

  22. Dan dawson says:

    Yellow triangle w exclamation in the middle… do u know what that means on a 2004 accord?

  23. Rex L Dunkley says:

    The “D” drive indicator has started blinking. What does this mean?

  24. Khay McConnell says:

    My VSA flashed twice while driving on my 2015 CRV. Should I be concern? I just bought the vehicle 2 days ago. It only has 9900 miles on it. Please help! Do I need to take it to the dealer…. Thanks

  25. Murvyn says:

    What does the sing of a front car with an exclamation lighting orange means on a honda fit hibrid year 2015 on the dashboard ?

  26. Lily Lewis says:

    What is the triangle with the explanation in the middle warning signal mean?

  27. Margaret Greenman says:

    I have been lent a 67 plate Honda Jazz while my motability car is in for repair. The first time I drove it an orange light flashed across the ‘information circle’ on the dashboard with a large black logo, a bit like the steering wheel logo but without the exclamation mark, accompanied by a high pitched beeping sound. It keeps happening – whatever is it?!

  28. Carla says:

    I had oil changed on my CRV 2 weeks ago. The low oil pressure light came on last night. Do I need to take the car back in to have it checked? I didn’t have the oil changed at the Honda dealership.

  29. Karen Carano says:

    2005 Honda CRV warning light VSA, Check Engine, Triangle with ! in the middle WHAT DOES THIS MEAN??

  30. demi m doyle says:

    My honda fit 2008 ‘s warning light came on it reads B123 can not find in owners Manuela what needs to be checked or serviced.. Thanks for your help

  31. Justine says:

    There is a circulating circle-white- symbol on dashboard. It is continually spinning around. Any ideas what this might mean?

  32. Doug Symes says:

    what does “service A” mean and the fact that the Oil Life does not display but “Service A” shows negative miles. I try to reset this but do not see a SEL/RESET button on the steering wheel. I see cruise control and radio buttons and buttons to make calls…but no SEL/RESET button.

  33. patricia cox says:

    2007 CRV Honda. What does a triangle with an exclamation mark in it indicate?

  34. Warren says:

    What if all the dash lights come on and stay on, even the immobilizer light?

  35. Donna sims says:

    I have a Honda civic 67 plate courtesy car it’s showing a amber spanner and a amber arrow and a amber car what does this mean …..help

  36. Patrick says:

    My VSA flashed twice while driving on my 2008 CRV. Afterwards, the car stop and the Check Engine sign showed up even after I restarted it. What could this be?

  37. Asha says:

    There is a wrench sign on my dash board! What does it mean, Please?

  38. Marty Singer says:

    The lights on the dashboard of my Honda 2018 Elite went off. I can’t find the switch to turn them back on. I can’t see the mileage or gpm.

  39. Paula D Jackson says:

    Hi Matt, I have a 2016 and have and had a warning light with Key thing up can you help me?

  40. Ruby keene says:

    Can you tell me what blue warning light on Honda Accord 2001. Means

  41. Kim Duncan says:

    The amber “maint. reqd.” warning light for my 2003 Honda Pilot has just started luminating? Don’t know why, since I had the car serviced less that 5K miles ago? Please give me possible reasons for this issue. Thank you.

  42. John says:

    I have a 2017 Honda HRV. In the Information Display (where the odometer, mileage, engine oil life are displayed), a warning light came on which said “KEY” and then “Batt”. Would you know what this means? I couldn’t find anything about this in the owners manual. Thanks, John

  43. Spiros says:

    I have Honda Fit 2005
    The yellow light (smart)
    Is on…Why …and what can i do to shut it off.Thank you.

  44. David Johns says:

    What does the small blue light located near the moon roof controls mean. It comes on when the headlights are on.

  45. Anne Digby says:

    Honda Fit 2014. What does the yellow sirn on the dashboard CBTA mean?

  46. My light that deals with the flashers (a red triangleseems to be on) any indication to what it means

  47. M Raoof says:

    My Honda Insight – 2009 has done 75000 km.
    From this morning I get a spanner with the letters HMMF. What is the problem? What should do? Pl reply. Thanks.

  48. Mary Maynard says:

    Yesterday I had one tire patched due to a nail penetrating the tire. I turned off the Tire pressure warning light, but a weird thing appeared.
    It looks like a stripped car…it is just 4 wheels and perhaps the engine in front. Near the tires are blue arrows that point up. How do I shut this off?

  49. Roxanne Tiner says:

    What does the symbol Cal. with the letter n underneath it mean on the audio display system in a Honda 5 door Pilot year 2013. Suddenly appeared and not discussed in my owner’s manual. Thanks

  50. Marg says:

    new jazz MY19 yellow check status alert with graphic of car going up hill ??

  51. Dave says:

    wrench icon light on dash of 2017 Honda CRV

  52. Jerry says:

    have a 2016 Honda Fit . Instrument indicator lite right side between trip mileage and fuel gauge keeps blinking. Owners manual doesn’t show this indicator

  53. Gaye says:

    puh signal on dash

  54. JR says:


  55. Janet Schones says:

    I have a 2019 Honda Accord. what is ECON mode

  56. Cozens says:

    How do we know when the battery on our 1.3 2016 model is low.?
    We have been having problems with it suddenly unable to start and it was the battery and had to call Honda assist.

  57. Mary says:

    There are two symbols that came on simultaneously— a car with squiggle lines (TSA? not sure what that is) and a picture of an engine. It is icy outside….

  58. Mary says:

    There are two symbols that came on simultaneously— a car with squiggle lines not sure what that is) and a picture of an engine. It is icy outside…. I see that one is the Vehicle Stability Assist system and the other is engine….. but what does that mean?

  59. Margaret says:

    My 2015 Honda CRV is showing an orange light – off and on – with a face that looks like a large shaggy eared dog. The site is over the mileage/outside temperature. What does this mean?

  60. Margaret says:

    Off and on I have an orange warning light on top of the mileage/outside temperature site. There is a face that looks like a large, shaggy-eared dog. What is this?

  61. Viola says:

    What is wrong with my Honda Civic 2005 when the supplemental restrained system red light is on???

  62. Lisa Colinger says:

    Started my car earlier. The motor warning light came on along with. The initials VSA. HELP

  63. Roy says:

    I have a 2014 crv with 5 lights on anti lock brake,vehicle stability,all wheel drive,electric power steering,and low tire pressure. They all came on same time. The vehicle is still driveable.

  64. IFEANYI OKEKE says:

    Thanks for all your esponse.
    Please what is the meaning of the spanner symbol on honda crosstour 2011 dashboard?

  65. Glenn Davis says:

    2017 Honda Pilot, screen lit up with a bunch of codes (in green light section) such as DA Unit, remote tuner, b-can, F-can and a few others……………….then disappeared.
    What does this mean

  66. i have a amber light come on when start the car which says maintance require then goes off

  67. Toni Pugh says:


  68. shakir hamid says:

    I AM SHAKIR HAMID WORK AS AUTOELECTRICIAN in kallar sayyadan punjab pakistan
    i cant understand triplight mean in honda civic 1.8 model 2017
    any one help me my email hamidautoelectrician@gmail.com
    cell nmbr 03455465462

  69. Lolita says:

    I have a 2009 Honda Odyssey I have a motor engine light that came on what could that be

  70. Bruce Burn says:

    I have a Honda ||Stream and the Drive light on my dashboard keeps flashing at me, after I’ve been driving for a half hour or so. Is this a warning light , and if so, what is the warning. Lowe oild pressure? New oil filter needed? Any suggestions?

  71. Ignacio Padron says:

    Yellow triangle w exclamation in the middle, what is that?

  72. Joaquin says:

    Oil life 15% came on I changed oil and filter and 15%oil life still there

  73. Tracey says:

    Early very cold mornings a dash light comes on in my 2019 Honda Civic after driving one minute that I cannot find on the manual. It is a large symbol that looks like a wheel with two lines on either side that narrow at one end. It is in the middle of the dash. At the same time to the top left of it come a line with an arrow at both ends. Any ideas?

  74. Donna says:

    2019 Honda a yellow light flashed on with the word BRAKE while driving

  75. David Gregoire says:

    My BRAKE light comes on periodically when I drive by the same location. It also beeps 3 or 4 times.

  76. Frankie Jamison says:

    The battery shaped box lights up in red in my Honda ’95 Civic. I purchased the battery just before the cold weather.

  77. yaser says:

    the engine signal is on the display panel what I have to do ?.

  78. Craig says:

    I have a brand new 2020 pilot. When I stop with my foot on the break, the car feels like it is going to shut down and I get a green indicator with a semi circle around it. Is this the car going into some kind of power saving mode?

  79. Donald BRYANT says:

    What does TCMP mean on my Honda Odyssey

  80. mohaddy says:

    My system
    Light in Gear not working what can do Thank u in Advance

  81. Usry says:

    Our 2011 CRV started acting up with the driver door locking and unlocking while driving. Thirty minutes later all of the alarm symbols lit up on the dash and the information screen was flashing the word “no”. Everything cleared and went back normal after a few minutes and I drove to a Advanced Auto had them check for codes, none were found. Battery and Alternator checked out good. This issue hasn’t occurred since. Has anyone ever seen this.

  82. Sandesh nunkoo says:

    A spaner with hmmf appear in my fit hybrid dashboard what to do

  83. Larry says:

    Why are there so many problems cited on this blog and no replies? What’s the point, Matt Castrucci?
    We had a check engine light after getting an oil change and air filter check. Repair shop could not determine the cause and checked for leaks. Cause assumed to be filter box, light was reset. Drove about 3 hours and 200 miles to the CA central coast and suddenly got low tire, check engine, VSA, and electric power steering warning lights. I think the wrench was there too, for good measure. Wasting vacation time at nearest Honda dealer tomorrow. After 8 years leasing Accords, done with Honda. Am told you get more for your money these days with Hyundai and KIA.

  84. Nicholas says:

    I have a 2008 honda accord and my TPMS light went off at the beginning of summer because I have aftermarket rims, however today the light turned off and the other sensor light turned on the picture symbol. Was wondering what the difference is between the two?

  85. Melissa says:

    I have a Honda Pilot 2011 and on the driver door there is like a reclining door icon, everytime I open the door to go inside my car it beeps and I never set that up and would like it to stop doing what it does. So everytime the door is opened it moved the seat back and reclines the seat all the way back and it also moves my rear view mirrors. Another issue I would like to stop beside the reclining and moving or my chair and the rear view mirror thing is the fact that when I put my Honda in reverse the rear view mirrors don’t move . I got one to tilt down to make it easier for reversing but normally they both should tilt down.

  86. Marsha says:

    I have a 2012 Honda Fit and there’s a gas light that came on in the middle of the gauge, what does this mean? I still have 3/4 tank left.

  87. Candi Valeri says:

    I have a 2015 Honda CRV and the red Brake (parking) light, yellow Tire Pressure Monitoring System, VSA, and Electric Power Steering lights come on. The Brake light comes on first and then the other lights come on. At first they came on after driving for a bit. Now they come on when the car is started. The car still drives. What is this? I appreciate any help you can provide.

  88. Patte McIntire says:

    An orange light in the lower left side saying LOW ?

  89. senaratne says:

    my car is a honda insight .manufactured in 2010.its dashboard indicates yellow tap in engine place.what it means? when the car is getting started dashboard indicates red oil and battery.what it means?

  90. Magdy Mansour says:

    The information I was looking for was a great help. Thanks.

  91. Kathy says:

    37 is my problem I have the wrench light on in orange what does that mean.

  92. detroit fountain says:

    I have a 2005 honda pilot and my airbag light came on will it deploy if I keep driving it

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