The first generation of Ford EcoSport was launched in 2003 and the second generation followed in 2012 to present. The Ford EcoSport dashboard warning light detailed on this page should cover both generations.
Understanding Dashboard Warning Lights
All modern vehicles including the Ford EcoSport have sensors placed all around the car. These sensors constantly send back information to the on board computer (ECU) which in turn reads the data to look for anomalies. If a fault is located, a dashboard warning light will often illuminate.
Coloured Warning Symbols
The warning symbols light up in different colours and their colour represents how urgent the fault is:
- Blue and green symbols – are typically used to indicate a vehicle utility have been activated.
- Amber / yellow symbols – are often used to indicate an issue that requires your attention, but is not urgent.
- Red / flashing symbols / audible alarm – will require immediate attention. In certain instances, there may be a risk to vehicle occupant safety and/or risk of vehicle mechanical damage.
Dashboard Warning Lights for Ford EcoSport
Here are the Ford EcoSport dashboard warning lights / symbols along with their meaning and what action to take. Some warning symbols appear in the information display rather than the dashboard.
Description: ABS or ‘anti-lock braking system’ is a separate system to the normal brakes and as such, vehicle stopping ability and general safety will remain unaffected except under heavy braking conditions or where slippery road surfaces may result in the wheels locking. The Ford EcoSport ABS light illuminates in amber.
Action: Drive cautiously and avoid any situations where there’s a possibly of using harsh braking. If wheels lock, skidding may occur. Have vehicle checked as soon as possible.
Name: Auto Lights
Description: The Ford EcoSport Automatic High Beam will switch the headlights on or off automatically depending on the ambient light. To turn on auto headlights, turn your lights switch to the position.
Action: If a fault has occurred with auto lights, ensure the sensor / windscreen is clean. It is located behind the rear view mirror.
Description: This symbol flashes when the Ford EcoSport Passive Anti-theft System (PATS) has been activated. The transponder in the key fob sends an identification code to the on board computer. If this code is incorrect, certain components such as the fuel pump and possibly the starter motor will remain disabled. It may be necessary to have your key and PATS system reprogrammed from your dealer.
Action: If you have a fault with the anti-theft system, try replacing your key fob battery, try the spare key if you have one. In some situations, disconnecting the vehicle battery for a period of time, inserting the ignition key to the ON position and reconnecting the battery may work.
Description: The battery warning light will come on in red on startup and should go out shortly after. If the light stays on or comes on when driving, there is a fault. If the light stays on after starting the engine, avoid driving the vehicle and have it checked.
Action: If the light comes on when driving, there’s likely a fault with the battery, charging system or connections / wiring. Turn off all unnecessary electrical equipment. It’s possible your Ford EcoSport engine may soon shut down. Drive to the nearest vehicle engineer to have it checked.
Description: The Ford EcoSport brake system malfunction warning light comes on due to three possible reasons:
- Parking brake
- Brake fluid
- Brake system malfunction
Action: Take the following action if the brake warning light comes on:
- If the ignition is on and the warning light illuminates, check that the parking brake is fully released.
- If the parking brake is fully released, stop as soon as it’s safely possible and check brake fluid levels. Top up if required.
- If it is not the parking brake of brake fluid, there is a brake system malfunction. In this instance, it may take your vehicle much longer to stop or slow down. Have vehicle checked immediately. It’s advised not continue your journey.
Description: The Ford EcoSport engine coolant light should come on in red temporarily with ignition. If it stays on or comes on while driving, it indicates either:
- The engine coolant (water) pump has malfunctioned.
- Engine coolant is overheating.
Action: Check engine coolant levels and ensure levels are between the MIN and MAX mark. Wait for engine to cool before adding coolant – risk of scolding. Prolonged use of incorrect dilution of the coolant can cause engine damage from corrosion, overheating or freezing. If engine coolant does not require topping up and the temperature light is on, do not continue driving and have vehicle checked. If frequent topping up is required, it’s likely there’s a leak.
Name: Cruise Control
Description: This is the Ford EcoSport cruise control function light. This symbol will illuminate when cruise control is active.
Action: The Ford EcoSport cruise control system does not adjust speed by applying the brakes. If you are going downhill, your speed may increase. Change down a gear to assist the system. Cruise control will disengage if your vehicle speed decreases more than 10 mph (16 km/h) below your set speed while driving uphill.
Description: The directional indicators / hazard warning lights symbol illuminates in green.
Action: One of the bulbs requires changing if the indicators continue to temporarily flash when cancelled or flash faster than usual.
Description: If you have a diesel Ford EcoSport, it will be fitted with a particulate filter that aids to filter harmful particles into the environment. Over time, this filter becomes full with soot and required regeneration (cleaning). This process is often automatic (the light will come on when regeneration is in progress), but occasionally the system may require your help.
Action: To aid the regeneration process:
- Drive your vehicle on high speed roads that require the fewest stops.
- Select a gear that will enable you to keep the engine speed between 1500 and 3000 RPM.
- Do not turn the ignition off until the process has finished and the light goes out.
- Avoid prolonged stops.
- This will take around 20 minutes.
Description: The Ford EcoSport engine oil light comes on in red temporarily with ignition. If the light stays on or comes on when driving, it indicates 2 possible issues:
- Low engine oil level.
- Low oil pressure.
Action: If driving, stop as soon as safe to do so and switch off engine. Check engine oil levels by using the dipstick and top up so oil levels falls between the MIN and MAX marker. Check to see if light has gone out. If light remains on or engine oil levels are already at correct levels, do not continue your journey. Low oil pressure can cause significant engine damage.
Description: This is the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) that illuminates in amber on the Ford EcoSport. Also known as the ‘check engine’ light, this is a general fault symbol that requires diagnostic equipment to read error codes.
Action: If this light comes on, you can continue to drive. Vehicle may enter ‘limp mode’ which reduces power output as a safety measure. If light flashes, reduce speed immediately. If light continues to flash, have vehicle checked immediately.
Description: The cog containing an exclamation mark is the powertrain warning light. This is a general fault light but is typically local to gearbox issues. As with the MIL, diagnostic equipment is required.
Action: If this light comes on, you can continue to drive. If it flashes, reduce speed until light goes out. If the MIL and powertrain light come on together, stop as soon as safely possible and turn off engine. Try restarting to see if lights go out. If they remain on, seek help from qualified engineer immediately. Engine may stop running after short period of time. On newer versions of the Ford EcoSport, the cog symbol has been replaced with the wrench / spanner symbol
Description: The Ford EcoSport airbag warning light comes on temporarily with ignition as a self-test. If the light remains on or comes on while driving, there is a malfunction.
Action: Have vehicle checked as soon as possible. Possible reasons include airbag sensor, seat occupancy sensor, cabling under front seats or object lodged in belt buckle.
Description: The Ford EcoSport tyre pressure light comes on when one or more tyres falls below the stored values. Check pressures every two weeks when tyres are cold. Correct pressures are located inside the driver door on the B-pillar. The system must be reset each time pressures are altered. To do this:
- Switch the ignition to ON.
- On the information display control, navigate to Menu, Vehicle settings, Driver assist, Tyre Monitor.
- Press and hold the OK button until confirmation appears.
Action: The following applied depending on the warning light:
Light steady on: One or more tyres underinflated. Stop as soon as safely possible, check and inflate tyre.
Flashing: There is a fault with the tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Light will flash for approx 1 minute then remain illuminated.
Name: Hill Start
Description: The Ford EcoSport hill start assist aids in preventing your vehicle from rolling backwards whilst moving off on a hill. If this warning light comes on, hill start assist has malfunctioned.
Name: Low Temperature
Description: This Ford EcoSport snowflake symbol is an indication that outside temperatures are equal or have fallen below 39ºF (4ºC). This symbol will glow orange.
Action: Road surfaces may be slippery and dangerous. Drive with caution.
Name: Glow Plugs
Description: For diesel models only, under normal operating conditions, wait for the glow plugs light to go out before attempting to start the engine. If the light stays on or flashes, there is a fault with the system. Diagnostic equipment will need to be connected to establish a fault code. Vehicle may enter safety ‘limp’ mode to reduce potential damage.
Name: Oil Dilution
Description: The spanner and oil can symbol is the Ford EcoSport oil dilution warning light. If fuel has leaked into the crankcase, it can cause the oil to lose viscosity. The result is that engine oil may become significantly less efficient resulting in damage to engine components.
Action: To avoid potential engine damage, have vehicle checked as soon as possible.
Name: Power Steering
Description: The steering wheel and exclamation mark symbol (amber) indicates the malfunction of the power steering. Power assisted steering uses electronics to help turn the steering wheel.
Action: Normal steering is not affected by this fault. You will notice greater exertion is required to turn the wheel. This can occur due to a temporary fault with the power steering motor overheating.
Name: Stability Control
Description: Electronic stability control (ESC) uses ABS, traction control and braking systems to help the vehicle regain control. When a loss of control is detected, the system automatically detects this and the light will flash when the system is active. If this happens, you are driving close the handling limits of the car and road.
Action: If the light remains illuminated after ignition or comes on when driving, there is a malfunction with ESC. ESC relies on ABS sensors and a fault is often to do with one of these.
Name: ESC Off
Description: Electronic stability control can be manually switched off. This is the warning light that comes on.