The Ford Ranger is now on its forth generation (Mk 4). Depending on which version you have, new 2019 Ranger features a digital or analogue instrument panel. These Ford Ranger dashboard warning lights cover all the latest versions, including the XL, XLT, Lariat, Limited and Wildtrak models. The warning lights also apply to the previous generation 3 (Mk 3) model.
The following warning lights alert you to a vehicle condition that may become serious, in particular red symbols. Some lights illuminate when you start your vehicle to make sure they work. If any warning light stay on or come on when driving, check the list below to find out what they mean and what you should do.
|Symbol||Fault Description / Action|
|The Ford Ranger ABS system helps you maintain steering control during emergency stops by keeping the brakes from locking. The Ranger ABS (anti-lock braking system) warning light comes on temporarily at engine startup. If it stays on or comes on as you're driving, ABS may be disabled.
Note: Normal brakes will continue to operate as usual but without the benefits of ABS. Have your vehicle checked by a Ford workshop as soon as possible.
|The blind spot monitor system is designed to detect vehicles
that may have entered the blind spot zone - the area where vehicles cannot be seen in your side mirrors. When a vehicle is detected, a warning light illuminates in the side mirror of the affected side. The Ford Ranger blind spot monitor light comes on when the system is turned off. Faults may occur with the system and a information message may appear in the dashboard display if the sensor is blocked by dirt / stickers or the area has had an impact. Sensors are located in the tail lights on both sides of the vehicle.
|The Ford Ranger battery warning light illuminates when a fault has been detected with the battery charging system. Typical faults are:
• Generator / alternator
• Electrical connections including battery terminals
• Generator / alternator belt
• Ageing battery
If the battery fails to charge whilst driving, the engine will stall. To prolong engine activity, turn off any electrical draining devices that are not essential.
|The Ford Ranger brake light vary between the red exclamation mark / point and the textual BRAKE symbol depending on region. The brake light illuminates for the following reasons:
• The parking brake / handbrake is applied. Ensure the parking brake is fully released.
• If the parking brake is released, the vehicle brake fluid levels may be too low. Immediately check brake fluid levels and add Ford recommended brake fluid if required.
• If the parking brake is released and fluid levels are normal, there is a brake system fault. This is dangerous due to a significant decrease in braking performance that may occur. It may take much longer to stop the vehicle. Have vehicle checked immediately by a Ford workshop.
|The Ranger automatic headlights turns on high beams if it is dark enough and when no other traffic is present. When the system detects an approaching vehicle’s headlights or tail lights, or street lighting, high beams are switched off in time before lights dazzle other road users. The Ford Ranger automatic headlights warning light comes on when high beams are activated.
• The Ford Ranger uses a camera mounted at the top of the windscreen. If the view of the camera is obscured, the system may not operate correctly - a message may display on the dashboard panel. Clean the windshield.
• The system may not function correctly is bad wet / snowy weather.
• If the cabin becomes extremely hot (parked under direct sunlight for example) the camera may not function until cooled.
• Different tyres / tires that alter ride-height may impair operation.
|The Ford Ranger auto start stop dashboard light illuminates when the engine has automatically stopped. The light flashes when the engine needs to restart. The indicator is shown with a strike through the symbol if the system is not available. If you are having problems with the start stop system, see Ford Ranger auto start stop not working to find possible reasons why.|
|Electronic locking differential can help to provide additional traction if the vehicle becomes stuck by allowing the rear wheels to turn at the same time. The Ford Ranger electronic locking differential light illuminates when the system has been activated.|
|The light symbol with an exclamation mark / point is the Ford Ranger low beam headlight malfunction indicator light.|
|The engine coolant temperature warning light illuminating when the Ford Ranger is moving indicates the engine is overheating. As soon as it's safely possible, pull off the road, stop and switch off the engine. Continual driving is likely to result in engine damage. Allow several minutes for the engine to cool and once cool, check coolant levels. If coolant level is normal, this indicates engine cooling system failure. Avoid driving and contact a Ford workshop.|
|This warning light illuminates when the Ford Ranger hill descent has been activated.|
|The Ford Ranger 4 wheel drive dash light illuminates when:
• 4L: Four-wheel drive low is engaged.
• 4H: Four-wheel drive high is engaged.
|The airbag warning light on the Ford Ranger should as a system check come on briefly as the ignition is set to on or when the engine has started. It should then go out after a few seconds. If the light stays on, flashes, or fails to come on at all, it indicates a malfunction in the airbag system.|
|The Ford Ranger service engine soon warning light is a fault light often referred to as the check engine light. This light comes on briefly and if all is operating correctly, goes out as the engine starts. If the light comes on whilst driving, the vehicle diagnostics system has detected a malfunction. This is often a fault in the emission control system. If the warning light flashes, an engine misfire may occur leading to very high exhaust gas temperatures. This can cause damage to vehicle components. Avoid hard acceleration and drive at a moderate speed. If the light keeps flashing, have vehicle checked as soon as possible.|
|The tyre pressure monitoring system on the Ford Ranger alerts the driver that one or more tyres have become significantly deflated when the warning light comes on. It's advisable to stop as soon as possible and check pressures or change for the spare wheel. If this warning light flashes for around 1 minute then remains on continuously, this indicates a fault with the monitoring system.|
|The Ford Ranger oil warning light comes on briefly as the ignition is switched on and goes out when the engine has started. If the oil warning light comes on when driving, it indicates a possible malfunction with the engine lubrication system. It's important to act swiftly as severe damage may occur.
1. Stop as soon as possible and turn off the engine.
2. Check oil levels using the dip stick.
3. Add engine oil if required ensuring you do not exceed the MAX. level indicator on the dip stick.
4. If when checking oil levels they are normal and within the MIN. and MAX. level indicator on the dipstick, do not continue to drive and seek assistance from a Ford workshop.
|The Ford Ranger ESP warning light (Electronic Stability Program) has many functions. These include:
• Electronic stability control
• Roll stability control
• Traction control
ESP helps by providing independent wheel braking on corners to increase stability (stability control), to help decrease vehicle roll on rough ground and to prevent wheel slip (traction control). The ESP will come on steady or flash.
Steady: A fault has been detected within the ESP system. This is often a sensor malfunction - typically an ABS issue as they share the same sensors.
Flash: ESP is actively engaged and attempting to stabilize the vehicle.
Briefly pressing the ESP button will disable traction control only. Holding the button for 5 or more seconds will disable the entire system. When stability control is manually switched off, a warning light illuminates.
|The Ford Ranger spanner warning light is related to a powertrain, electronic throttle control or four-wheel drive malfunction. This spanner / wrench warning light is generic and has no specific fault identification. A Ford Ranger powertrain warning light includes anything from engine faults, transmission faults and driveshaft, differentials and axles fault. If the powertain light illuminates, you may notice reduced power. Often referred to as 'limp mode', this is a software safety system that is implemented automatically to help protect vehicle components from damage by reducing performance. With the spanner / powertain warning light illuminating on the dash, the only option is to have fault codes read using a diagnostic reader. This will localize the fault.
For certain models of the Ford Ranger, the powertrain fault light will be displayed as a cog and exclamation mark . If this warning light flashes, reduce speed and avoid pushing the engine hard.
|The cog warning light (powertrain) and check engine warning illuminating together requires you to stop the vehicle as soon as possible. Reduced engine power is likely and the engine may stall / cut out soon. Turn off the engine and attempt to restart. If the warning lights remain on, contact a Ford workshop.|
|The car and lock light is the Ford Ranger immobiliser warning light. This light will flash if the key is removed from the ignition or a wrong key is
|The oil can and spanner warning light on the Ford Ranger applied only to diesel versions and is indicating that the engine oil requires changing due to a high level build up of soot within the engine oil. Continual driving without changing the oil over time may result in engine lubrication problems.|
|Ford diesel versions of the Ford Ranger, the water-in-fuel light (fuel filter warning light) will come on if there is excess water in the fuel filter. This requires draining immediately to avoid faults occurring. The fuel filter is located passenger cabin side of the battery and just to the left of the engine junction box.
1. Switch the ignition off.
2. Connect and secure a suitable hose on the filter drain plug which is located at the underside of the filter.
3. Use a suitable container to drain the fluid into as diesel will also expel from the filter.
4. Loosen the drain plug by around 1.5 turns. The drain plug is located under the filter.
5. Switch the ignition on to activate the in-tank pump.
6. Drain the water till it is replaced by a clean diesel fuel.
7. Switch the ignition off.
8. Tighten the drain plug and remove the hose.
9. Start the engine and check for leaks. The warning light should now go off.
|The Ford Ranger DPF warning light indicates that the diesel particulate filter requires cleaning. This is often done automatically, but if you frequently travel only short journeys, the DPF may require driver input to help the cleaning (regeneration) process. If the DPF warning light comes on, do the following:
• Continually drive at a constant speed for up to 20 minutes. To avoid stopping, this will usually involve a motorway / freeway or main road.
• Use a lower gear than normal so that the engine operates at a higher speed. This helps with the cleaning process.
• Avoid switching off the engine until the cleaning process is complete.
When the DPF cleaning process is complete, the warning light will go out. If the warning light remains on, try the cleaning process again. If still the light remains on or begins flashing, have the vehicle checked immediately.
|The snowflake symbol is the Ford Ranger ice / frost warning light and will illuminate in orange when the outside air temperature is between 4°C and 0°C (39°F and 32°F). It will glow red when the temperature is below 0°C (32°F). Drive with caution.|
|The Ford Ranger glow plugs warning light comes on diesel versions of the Ranger dashboard when the ignition is switched on and goes out when the engine is ready to start. When temperatures are low, -15°C (5°F), engine cranking may require up to 25 seconds. The starter motor can be used for a maximum of 30 seconds each time. If the glow plug light begins flashing, a fault has been detected. In this instance, contact a Ford workshop or connect diagnostic equipment to establish fault codes.|
|The Ford Ranger AdBlue warning light may vary depending on model of Ranger. The AdBlue tank holds around 20L of AdBlue fluid and when the warning light comes on, it indicates AdBlue levels are getting low. A full tank of AdBlue will typically last for around 5000 to 6000 miles.|