These are the dashboard warning lights for the Dodge Dart model year 2013 to 2016. There are three dashboard instrument cluster display versions, the base version (shown in the diagram above), the premium analog and the digital version. The Dodge Dart dash warning lights have the same meaning regardless of your dashboard version.
The tachometer gauge, or ‘rev counter’ measures engine revolutions-per-minute (RPM x 1000).
2. Tire Pressure
The Dodge Dart tire pressure warning light comes on if one or more of your vehicle’s tires becomes severely under-inflated. If the light comes on, stop as soon as possible and check inflation pressures. The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) will cause the light to flash for approx. one minute if there’s a fault with the system. The Dodge Dart is equipped with pressure sensors in each tire. They can become damaged or not properly fitted during tire replacement. This can cause the light to remain on.
3. Turn Signal Lights
The arrow will flash with the exterior turn signal / indicator when the turn signal lever is operated. A chime will sound after 1 mile if the turn signal has been left on. If either indicator flashes at a rapid rate, check for a defective outside light bulb.
4. Temperature Gauge
This gauge shows engine coolant temperature. If the gauge pointer is raised higher than normal, it often occurs when driving in hot weather or up mountain grades, or when the engine is under extra strain, such as towing for example. If the temp gauge remains in the ‘H’ (hot) area, pull over, switch off the air conditioner and idle the engine until the gauge returns to the normal range. If the gauge remains in the hot zone and you hear a warning chime, switch off the engine. Wait for engine to cool and check coolant levels.
5. ESC Warning Light
The Dodge Dart Electronic Stability Control (ESC) warning light comes on for two possible reasons: It flashes due to the system attempting to stabilize the vehicle or the ESC warning light remains on due to a fault. The ESC system relies of ABS wheel speed sensors, which are prone to fault due to their location at the wheel hubs. ESC helps to improve traction and reduce understeer or oversteer.
6. Front Fog Warning Light
This green indicator light will illuminate when the front fog lights are switched on.
7. Engine Temperature Warning Light
The Dodge Dart engine temperature warning light comes on in red to warn of an overheated engine condition. If the engine coolant temperature is too high, this symbol will illuminate and a single chime will sound. If the warning light comes on while driving, safely stop, switch off the A/C system and idle the engine. If the engine temperature does not return to normal, switch off the engine. Allow several minutes for the engine to cool and check coolant levels.
Low coolant may indicate a leak in the system. If coolant level is normal, so not continue to drive as it may risk severe engine damage. If you have topped up with coolant, only drive if the warning light has gone off and make frequent check to coolant levels.
8. Full Beam Warning Light
This blue symbol shows that the high beam headlights are on. Push the multifunction lever forward to switch the headlights to high beam, and pull toward yourself (normal position) to return to low beam.
9. Seat Belt Warning Light
The seat belt warning light remains lit when the ignition is switched on for several seconds as a bulb check. A chime will also sound if the driver’s seat belt is not buckled.
10. Brake Warning Light
The Dodge Dart brake warning light comes on either due to the brake fluid level being too low in the reservoir or the parking brake is applied. If the brake light is on and the parking brake is disengaged, and the fluid level is at the full mark on the master cylinder reservoir, it indicates a possible brake hydraulic system malfunction or that a problem with the Brake Booster has been detected by the Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)/Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system.
If there’s an issue with the brake booster, the ABS system will operate each time you use the brake pedal. The brake booster provides assistance with force applied to the brake pedal.
The brake warning light may also indicate a fault with the dual brake system or Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD). The dual brake system is a safety back-up in case of a hydraulic failure and the EBD system provides individual wheel braking. If the brake light remains on, it’s advised not to drive the vehicle and to be towed to a Dodge repair workshop.
11. ESC OFF Warning Light
This light comes on to indicate the Dodge Dart Electronic Stability Control system has been manually switched off. It’s advised to leave ESC on at all times. Only switch off the ESC if the vehicle is stuck in snow / mud etc.
12. Fuel Gauge
This gauge is the Dodge Dart’s fuel level indicator. Location of the the fuel gauge varies depending on the model and dashboard display type.
This displays the Dodge Dart’s current vehicle speed.
14. Power Steering Warning Light
The Dodge Dart power steering warning light can come on either due to a temporary fault or serious fault. A temporary fault can occur due to the power steering motor overheating. Overheating can occur due to the driver making constant left to right lock movements, or leaving the steering on full lock while the engine is on. The light will go off when the motor is cooled. If there’s a serious malfunction, steering will become difficult, particularly at slow speeds.
15. ETC Warning Light
The Dodge Dart Electronic Throttle Control (ETC) warning light comes on when the engine is running to indicate a problem. Often stopping, switching the engine off and back on resolves the the problem. If the light remains on, the vehicle is usually driveable, though the vehicle may enter reduced engine power mode.
The ETC warning light often comes on due to a damaged throttle controller. Fault codes will likely be generated and stored. A fault code reader will need to be connected tot he vehicle to diagnose the issue.
16. Air Bag Warning Light
The Dodge Dart air bag warning light should come on with the ignition for around 4 to 6 seconds as a bulb check. If the light does not come on at all or stays on constantly, it indicates a fault. The air bag / seat belt restraint system warning light can come on due to a sensor fault, seat belt occupancy sensor fault, items lodged in the seat belt buckle or a connection has been disrupted under the front seat.
17. Security Warning Light
The Dodge Dart security warning light is a visual aid for the vehicle security system being activated and set. The security light will flash at a fast rate for approximately 15 seconds, when the vehicle security alarm is arming, then will flash slowly until the vehicle is disarmed.
18. Fuel Filler Cap Reminder
This symbol sets as a reminder of which side the vehicle the fuel filler cap is on the Dodge Dart.
19. Electronic Speed Control
The electronic speed control or cruise control light illuminates on the dashboard when the electronic speed control has been set. Speed control can be set, cancelled or changed on the steering wheel controls.
20. Low Fuel Warning Light
The low fuel warning light comes on when the fuel level reaches approximately 3.0 gal (11.0 L). The light remains on until fuel is added.
21. Park Lights / Headlights
This green symbol comes on when the parking lights or headlights are switched on.
22. Odometer Display
Odometer / Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) / Driver Information Display (DID) Display. The odometer display shows the total distance the vehicle has been driven. The EVIC and DID is a driver-interactive display that shows certain information such as a compass, outdoor temperature etc.
23. Battery Charge
The Dodge Dart battery warning light comes on for a few seconds when starting the engine. If the battery warning light stays on or comes on when driving, it indicates an electrical charge fault. Engines typically stall once the battery is depleted of charge.
If driving, turn off any non-essential electrical equipment such as radio, A/C system etc as this may extend engine activity. It’s recommended that you make your way immediately to a vehicle repair workshop. Usual faults are alternator belt, corroded connections, bad earth, faulty alternator, old battery.
24. Oil Pressure Warning Light
The Dodge Dart oil pressure warning light comes on in red momentarily as the engine start, but should shortly go off. If the light comes on when driving, stop the vehicle and turn off the engine as soon as possible. The low oil pressure warning light indicates an engine lubrication fault that can lead to significant engine damage. Though this light does not indicate low oil level, low oil levels can trigger this light. Check oil level and only drive if the level has been topped up and the light goes off.
25. ABS Warning Light
The Dodge Dart ABS warning light constantly on means the Anti-lock Braking System has malfunctioned. Provided the BRAKE warning light is not on, only the ABS is defective and vehicle brakes will continue to operate. The usual cause of an ABS fault is one of the wheel speed sensors malfunctioning. If the brake light also comes on, it may also indicate a malfunction with the brake system. See brake warning light.
26. Malfunction Indicator Light
The Dodge Dart engine malfunction indicator light (MIL), also called the check engine light comes on when an engine fault has been detected. Being as it’s part of the Onboard Diagnostic system, called OBD, the system stores fault codes when this light illuminates. These fault codes must be read by diagnostic equipment to determine the cause of the fault. The warning light can come on due to engine or transmission control system faults and may stay on constantly or flash.
If the light stays on, you can continue driving, but have engine serviced if it remains on after several ignition cycles. If the light flashes, it can indicate an engine misfire which can result in damage. The vehicle may enter reduced engine power mode to protect components from damage. Due to there being many potential reasons for this light, you should have diagnostic equipment hooked up to read fault codes.
27. Transmission Temperature Warning Light
The Dodge Dart transmission temperature warning light comes on because the transmission fluid is running too hot. This light comes on due to running the engine too hard, this could be due to trailer towing etc. If the light comes on, stop as soon as possible and leave the engine running at idle until the light goes off. If the light remains on, switch off the engine and do not continue driving as this may result in transmission failure.