South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai has been producing the i10 since 2007 and is now on its second generation. The Hyundai i10 dashboard warning lights detailed below cover all i10 models including the D-lite, Era, Magna, Sportz, Asta , S, SE, Go! SE, Premium, Premium SE. All warning lights are explained along with the recommended course of action to take when a light comes on.
Understanding the Hyundai i10 Dash Lights
All warning lights come on with the ignition set to on (without starting the engine). These are either a system or bulb check. If any light does not illuminate when it normally does, have the vehicle checked. After starting the engine, all warning lights should go off. If any lights stay on, this indicates a situation that requires attention.
Warning Light Colours
The warning lights of the Hyundai i10 illuminate in various colours:
- Green and blue – These colours inform the driver that a vehicle utility or system has been switched on.
- Amber and yellow – These colours are used to represent either a minor fault or a safety system has been manually switched off when usually it’s on with each engine start.
- Red / flashing / audible alarm – These colour and if applicable sound warnings warnings require immediate attention. If you’re unsure what the symbol means and you’re driving, pull over when safe to do so and investigate the warning further.
|Symbol||Description / Urgency||What to Do|
|The Hyundai i10 will illuminate on the dash for around 6 when the ignition is switched to on. There is a fault with the air bag and Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) if:|
1. After the ignition is switched to on, the light remains lit after 6 seconds.
2. When the ignition is switched to on, the light fails to illuminate.
3. The air bag warning light comes on when driving.
Urgency: Medium - The air bags may not activate during a collision.
|On occasions, cables and connections located under the passenger front seat can become dislodged. Ensure that all cables and connections are firmly in place. If the light remains on, have vehicle checked as soon as possible.|
|ABS, or Anti-lock Braking System is a safety system that helps to prevent locking wheels during heavy braking or when on unstable / loose road surfaces. As a result, the vehicle's stopping distance is reduced and the driver is still able to steer the car. When the ignition is switched to on, the ABS light should go out after 3 seconds. There is a fault with the Hyundai i10 ABS system if:|
1. After the ignition is switched to on, the light remains lit after 3 seconds.
2. When the ignition is switched to on, the light fails to illuminate.
3. The ABS warning light comes on when driving.
|ABS is a separate function to normal stopping brakes. The normal braking system will remain unaffected if a fault with the ABS occurs. Be cautious when driving and avoid heavy use of the brakes as locking / skidding wheels may be the result of a failing ABS. Have system fixed as soon as possible.|
|The red exclamation mark in a circle is the Hyundai i10 parking brake and/or brake fluid warning light. This symbol illuminates for approximately 3 seconds when the ignition is set to on.|
Parking brake - with the ignition set to start or on, this light comes on the dashboard when the handbrake is applied.
Brake fluid - if the brake fluid level in the reservoir is too low, this warning light comes on. Certain models of the i10 will display the symbol
Urgency: Medium / Critical
|If this light is on, check first that the parking brake / hand brake is fully released. If the parking brake is fully released and the light stays on, brakes fluid needs to be added to the reservoir.
1. Taking into road and traffic conditions into account, safely stop and check brake fluid levels. This can be found in the reservoir tank under the bonnet / hood.
2. Add brake fluid as required.
3. Check under and around the vehicle for leaks. If you notice a leak, or the light remains on or the brakes feel spongy, do not continue to drive. Braking ability may be significantly reduced.
|The illumination of both the ABS and the red brake warning lights simultaneously indicated a fault with the Hyundai i10 EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution) system. When braking, EBD distributes varying braking force to individual wheels. This is a braking aid that helps to reduce stopping distances. Along with the ABS warning light, certain models of the Hyundai i10 may display a 3 symbol light indicating an EBD fault||It's possible that the ABS and regular braking system may not function properly when both of the warning lights come on together. If these lights come on when driving, avoid high speeds and sudden braking. Drive slowly and carefully to a qualified Hyundai engineer.|
|The Hyundai i10 seat belt warning light will flash for approximately 6 seconds each time the ignition is switched to on. This is regardless of whether the belt is fastened or not.||To stop the warning light from lashing and the audible chime, fasten your seat belt.|
|The Hyundai i10 engine oil warning light indicates 2 possible issues:|
1. Low engine oil level
2. Low engine oil pressure
Urgency: High / Critical
|If the red engine oil light comes on the dash, immediate action is necessary. Taking traffic and road conditions into account, pull off the road and switch the engine off. Using the dip stick in the engine compartment, check engine oil levels and if required, add oil. If the oil light remains on or the engine does not require topping up with oil, do not continue to drive. Low oil pressure may result in a lack of lubrication to critical engine components causing significant damage.|
|The dashboard illumination of the red battery symbol is the Hyundai i10 charging system warning light. The battery warning light comes on for a few seconds as you start the engine. If the light comes on while driving, there is a fault with the charging system. This is often a fault with the generator / alternator, the alternator belt or electrical systems / battery or wiring / connections.|
|If you are confident in doing so, pull over and switch off the engine (when safe to do so) and check battery terminal connections are securely fitted and that the generator / alternator belt is unbroken and is not loose. If you can see no fault or you are unable to check, drive immediately to the nearest repair garage. Turn off any non-essential electrical equipment. If the battery is not being charged, you may only be able to run the car for a short time until the battery runs flat.|
|These numbers / letters indicate the gear shift pattern for automatic versions of the Hyundai i10.||The gear shift pattern indicator simply displays which gear, drive mode or park on the dashboard display panel.|
|The car and key symbol is the Hyundai i10 immobiliser system. |
Without the smart key system - the symbol illuminates when the immobiliser key is inserted into the ignition and switched to on. When the engine is started, the light will go out. If the light flashes with the ignition switched on, there is a fault with the system.
With the smart key system - with the smart key in the vehicle, the light will stay on for approximately 30 seconds indicating that the car can be started. If the key is not in the vehicle, the light will flash indicating that the engine cannot be started.
|A weak battery may prevent the i10 from being started. If the engine start/stop button is pressed and the immobiliser light flashes, the engine will not start. Attempt to start the engine by inserting the smart key into the smart key holder. Other related issues in failing to start are smart key system parts the key may require programming. The key reader located above the ignition key barrel is also a fault issue.|
|The low fuel warning light indicates the fuel tank is almost empty. When the warning light comes on, add fuel as soon as possible.|
|Driving with the fuel level warning light on or with the fuel level below E can cause the engine to misfire and damage the catalytic converter.|
|The Hyundai i10 check engine light or 'malfunction indicator light (MIL) coming on indicates a fault with the engine control system. This system monitors emissions and this dashboard light indicates a fault with the engine / emissions control system.|
Urgency: Medium / Urgent
|Generally you can continue to drive with the engine fault light on. The vehicle will require diagnostic equipment as this fault light covers many potential issues. Coil pack, spark plugs and leads often require replacement. A faulty sensor can also trigger the warning light. Driving with the engine fault light on may increase fuel consumption. If you notice the engine stutters or the engine warning light flashes, this may indicate misfiring. This can potentially cause damage to the catalytic converter which is a costly repair.|
|This indicator is displayed for manual transmission versions of the Hyundai i10 only. It indicates which gear to change into to save fuel.||If there is a fault with this system, the up and down arrows and gear indicator do not display.|
|The symbol of the skidding car is the Hyundai i10 Electronic Stability Control (ESC) warning light. ESC is a combination of various stability and traction systems that help to maintain stability of the i10. ESC is on by default each time the engine starts. ESC can be manually turned off (see ESC button) and the amber ECS OFF symbol will be displayed on the dashboard.|
|Other than manually switching off ESC, there are two other instances where the light may come on:
1. If the light flashes / flickers and is temporarily on, this indicates the ESC program is actively stabilising the vehicle. It's advised that you slow down.
2. If the light is on permanently, it indicates a fault with the ESC program. You can still drive the vehicle but will not have the safety features of ESC available.
|The steering wheel with the exclamation mark / point is the Hyundai i10 power steering fault light. In certain models of the i10, this fault light may be displayed in textual format of EPS. EPS helps the driver to turn the steering wheel, which can be difficult for some drivers particularity at very slow or stationary speed.|
|Normal steering will continue to work with an EPS fault, though greater force when steering may be required. You can continue to drive the vehicle.|
|When the engine start/stop button is in the ACC or ON position and if any door is open, the system checks for the smart key. If the smart key is not in the vehicle, the KEY OUT warning light will flash. If all the doors are shut, the audible chime will also sound for approximately 5 seconds.||Keep the smart key in the vehicle. The warning light will go out when the vehicle is moving.|
|The Hyundai i10 overspeed warning light displays on the dashboard when speed of 75 mph (120 km/h) or more have been reached. On certain models of the i10, an audible warning chime will also sound.||The i10 overspeed function is an aid to help prevent drivers from speeding.|
|The Hyundai i10 Overdrive system allows the car to travel in the highest possible gear for that speed. This feature helps to increase fuel economy.||The Overdrive system is activated by default. If the Overdrive system is switched off, the warning light O/D OFF will display on the dashboard.|
|This is the Hyundai i10 Auto Stop fuel saving feature. The dashboard light comes on when the engine enters the Idle Stop mode of the ISG (Idle Stop and Go) system. When automatic starting occurs, this light will flash on the instrument display panel for around 5 seconds.||When the ISG system automatically startes the engine, some warning lights such as ABS, ESP, ESP OFF or Parking brake warning light may illuminate. This occurs because of low battery voltage. It does not mean the system is malfunctioning.|
|This warning light illuminates on the dashboard indicating that the boot / tailgate / trunk is not securely closed.|
|This warning light illuminates on the dashboard indicating that the front fog lights are switched on.|
|This warning light illuminates on the dashboard indicating that the rear fog lights are switched on.|
|This warning light illuminates on the dashboard indicating that the full / high beam headlights are switched on.|
|This warning light illuminates on the dashboard indicating that the parking lights are switched on.|