Lincoln vehicle dashboard with odometer and spedometer displayed

The instrument cluster located on your Lincoln's dashboard is equipped with warning lamps and indicators that allow you to easily monitor your vehicle’s condition and control settings.

Upon starting your vehicle, you may see some of these indicators light up as a routine check to verify functionality. These lights may simply be indicating a vehicle control setting, e.g., Front Fog Lamps On. If certain indicators were to remain illuminated while your engine is running, however, they could be alerting you to a serious condition. To take the guesswork out of interpreting these signals, scroll down to our visual glossary, which displays the full array of warning lamp and indicator symbols, and defines their function.

Adaptive Cruise Control

Speed control system indicator light changes color to show system mode:

  • On (white light): illuminates when the adaptive cruise control system is turned on. Turns off when speed control system is turned off.

  • Engaged (green light): illuminates when adaptive cruise control system is engaged (or actively in use); turns off when speed control system is disengaged.

Adaptive cruise controle icon

Anti-Lock Braking System

If Illuminated while you’re driving, a malfunction is indicated. The normal braking system (without ABS) will continue to function, unless the brake system warning lamp is also illuminated. Have the system checked by your authorized dealer.

andi-lock braking system icon

Battery

If Illuminated while you’re driving, a malfunction is indicated. Switch off all unnecessary electrical equipment, and have the system checked by your authorized dealer immediately.

battery icon

Blind Spot Monitor

Illuminates when the Blind Spot Monitor feature is turned off; a corresponding message may also be displayed.

blind spot monitor icon

Brake System*

Illuminates if parking brake is engaged while the ignition is on. If indicator lights up while you’re driving, check to ensure that parking brake is not engaged. If it isn’t engaged, a low brake fluid level or brake system malfunction could be indicated. Have the system checked immediately by your authorized dealer.

brake system icon

Cruise Control

lluminates when Cruise Control feature is turned off.

cruise control icon

Direction Indicator

Illuminates when left or right turn signal, or hazard warning flasher, is turned on. If indicator remains on or flashes faster, check for a burned out bulb.

direction indicator icon

Door Ajar

If indicator lights up when ignition is on, one of your doors is open.

door ajar icon

Electric Park Brake

Lights up when electric parking brake has a malfunction.

electric park brake icon

Engine Coolant Temperature

Illuminates when engine coolant temperature is high. Stop the vehicle as soon as possible, switch off engine and let cool.

engine coolant temperature

Engine Oil

If illuminated while engine is running or you’re driving, a malfunction is indicated. Stop your vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so, and switch the engine off. Check the engine oil level.*

engine oil icon

Fasten Safety Belt

Lights up while a chime sounds to remind you to fasten your safety belt.

fasten safety belt icon

Front Airbag

A malfunction is indicated if this warning lamp fails to illuminate when you start your vehicle, continues to flash or remains on. Have the system checked by your authorized dealer.

front airbag icon

Front Fog Lamps

Illuminates when you switch the front fog lamps on.

front fog lamps icon

Heads Up Display

A horizontal array of red lights may appear on your windshield while you’re using adaptive cruise control and/or the collision warning system (if equipped). As a functionality check, this indicator will also light up momentarily when you start your vehicle.

heads up display icon

High Beam

Illuminates when you switch the high beam headlamps on. This indicator will also flash when you use the headlamp flasher.

high beam icon

Hood Ajar

Alerts when the ignition is on, and the hood is not completely closed.

hood ajar icon

Lane Keeping Aid

Lights up when the lane keeping system is activated.

lane keeping aid icon

Low Fuel Level

Illuminates when the fuel level is low, or the fuel tank is nearly empty. Refuel as soon as possible.

low fuel level icon

Parking Lamps

Illuminates when you switch the parking lamps on.

parking lamps icon

Powertrain Fault

Illuminates when a powertrain or AWD fault has been detected. Contact your authorized dealer as soon as possible.

powertrain fault icon

Service Engine Soon

If the Service Engine Soon indicator light stays lit after you’ve started the engine, the On Board Diagnostics system (OBD) has detected a malfunction of the vehicle emissions control system. Contact your authorized dealer as soon as possible.

If indicator light is blinking, an engine misfire may be occurring, which could damage your catalytic converter. Drive in a moderate fashion (avoid heavy acceleration and deceleration), and have your vehicle serviced immediately.*

The Service Engine Soon indicator light illuminates when the ignition is first turned on (prior to engine start) in order to test the bulb, as well as indicate whether the vehicle is ready for Inspection/Maintenance (I/M) testing.

Normally, the Service Engine Soon light will stay on until the engine is cranked, then turn itself off if no malfunctions are present. However, if after 15 seconds this light blinks eight times, it means that the vehicle is not ready for I/M testing.

service engine soon icon

Stability Control

If the Service Engine Soon indicator light stays lit after you’ve started the engine, the On Board Diagnostics system (OBD) has detected a malfunction of the vehicle emissions control system. Contact your authorized dealer as soon as possible.

If indicator light is blinking, an engine misfire may be occurring, which could damage your catalytic converter. Drive in a moderate fashion (avoid heavy acceleration and deceleration), and have your vehicle serviced immediately.*

The Service Engine Soon indicator light illuminates when the ignition is first turned on (prior to engine start) in order to test the bulb, as well as indicate whether the vehicle is ready for Inspection/Maintenance (I/M) testing.

Normally, the Service Engine Soon light will stay on until the engine is cranked, then turn itself off if no malfunctions are present. However, if after 15 seconds this light blinks eight times, it means that the vehicle is not ready for I/M testing.

stability control icon

Stability Control Off

Lights up when the system is active. If indicator remains illuminated or does not light up when you switch the ignition on, a malfunction is indicated. During a malfunction, the system will switch off. Have the system checked by your authorized dealer immediately.

stability control off icon

Trunk Ajar

Displays when the ignition is on, and the trunk is not completely closed.

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