Honda HR-V Dashboard Light Guide

Honda HR-V Dashboard Light Guide

Understanding the Honda HR-V dashboard lights is an important part of vehicle ownership. Depending on the light, it could signal a major malfunction, in which case, you’d want to have the vehicle serviced right away.

To help Miami, Doral, and Hialeah drivers better understand the dashboard lights of the Honda HR-V, our team at Braman Honda has created this useful light guide.

Check Engine Light

Battery Error Light

Malfunction Indicators

Out of all the dashboard lights on the Honda HR-V, malfunction indicators are the most important. If they come on while driving or remain lit while operating the vehicle, your HR-V may require servicing.

Here are some of the common indicator lights that may appear on the dashboard of your HR-V:

Warning Light


Brake System Indicator

The word BRAKE

Low Oil Pressure Indicator

An oil can dripping oil

Charging System Indicator

A car battery

Malfunction Indicator Lamp

A car engine

Now let’s take a look at what each of them mean in terms of your vehicle’s condition and what to do if you see any of them.

Brake System Indicator

This warning light may indicate that brake fluid is low or that there’s a problem with the braking system. Check pedal pressure by lightly pressing down on the brake pedal. If everything feels ok, then check the brake fluid level. If the brake fluid is low, immediately refill. It may be best to have your entire braking system inspected.

Low Oil Pressure Indicator

If you see this light, the engine may be low on oil. Check the level and add as needed. If the light doesn’t turn off, have your vehicle inspected immediately.

Charging System Indicator

This light comes on when the battery isn’t charging correctly. Turn off any electronic devices like the radio, but keep the vehicle running. Contact our service center and have the system inspected.

Malfunction Indicator Lamp

Also known as the check engine light, this may indicate a problem with the emissions control system. Check to make sure the gas cap is on correctly. If the light is blinking, the engine could be misfiring. Stop safely and allow the engine to cool. If the light is on and not blinking, avoid high speeds and have your car inspected immediately.

Low Tire Pressure Light

 Power Steering Light

Additional Warning Lights

There are also other dashboard warning lights that you may see in your HR-V that signify an issue with other systems within your vehicle. These include:

  • Supplemental Restraint System Indicator: This warning light looks like a seated passenger with an airbag deployed. There’s a problem with either one of the airbags or a seat belt tensioner. Service may be required.
  • Anti-Lock Brake System Indicator: There may be an issue with the anti-lock brake system if the letters ABS appear on the dashboard of your Honda HR-V. You can still brake normally, but you should have the system inspected soon.
  • Low Tire Pressure Indicator: The Tire Pressure Monitoring System has either encountered an error or is currently running on a spare tire when you see an exclamation point inside a tire icon. Be sure to check your tires as soon as possible to see if more air is needed.
  • Electric Power Steering Indicator: If a picture of a steering wheel next to an exclamation point is shown, a problem with the electric power steering has been detected. Stop safely and restart the engine. If still on, have your vehicle inspected.
  • High Temperature: The coolant is too hot when you see a red thermometer submerged in a liquid. If the light remains on, pull over to allow the engine to cool. Driving slowly can also help prevent overheating.
  • Low Temperature: The coolant can also become too cold. This is shown by the same icon, but being blue rather than red. If the light remains on after 10 minutes of driving, there may be an issue with the temperature sensor.

Honda HR-V

Driver-Assistive Warning Lights

On top of those warning lights, there are also icons that will show up as alerts from the driver-assistive features that are available with Honda Sensing®. When equipped with these available systems, they will send you the following warnings in order to help you stay safe:

  • Road Departure Mitigation System: What looks like hands on a steering wheel, this is a warning that you are starting to drift outside of the lines of the road.
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™: If this system detects a potential collision with a vehicle in front of you, it will flash the word BRAKE on your dashboard so you’ll know to immediately hit the brakes to avoid a collision.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control: When this system is engaged, it will show a picture of a car with a road ahead of it. Beneath that, you will see a specific number in mph, which is the speed you set for the system. It then can maintain that speed as well as a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you.
  • Lane Keeping Assist System: When driving, the Lane Keeping Assist System can make small adjustments to your steering to keep you centered in your lane. When this is on, you’ll see an icon of a road with lane markings on either side.

 cruise control

Indicator Lights

Other lights shown on your Honda HR-V dashboard are there simply to let you know when a certain system is engaged or turned off. These don’t require immediate action, but they are helpful since they keep you informed of your car’s performance and can help you turn off the high beams or turn signal if you forgot either were still on.

This includes seeing what looks like a plant icon when you are driving in ECON Mode as well as the words CRUISE CONTROL when the cruise control system is currently on and in use.

Check Your Honda HR-V Dashboard Lights

If you notice any of these warning lights on your dashboard, contact us at Braman Honda. Proudly serving drivers from across the Miami, Doral, and Hialeah areas, we can help you diagnose the dashboard light on your Honda HR-V. We can also repair your vehicle if service is needed. Contact us today for more information or schedule a service appointment online now.

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