The Mitsubishi Outlander first generation (MK 1) was first introduced in 2001 under the Airtrek name and the second generation (MK 2) followed in 2006 where the current Outlander name was adopted. The third and current generation (MK 3) of the Outlander was released in 2013.
The Mitsubishi Outlander dashboard warning lights detailed below cover both the Mk 2 and current Mk 3 versions, including model variations such as petrol, diesel and PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle). Depending on your version of Mitsubishi Outlander, fault lights may display as a symbol only, or display in the information panel along with a message.
Mitsubishi Outlander Lighting Faults
These are the warning lights and messages associated with lights being activated or detected faults.
|Symbol||Description / Action|
|The green turning signals or 'indicators' flash when the turn signal lever is moved up or down. All four lights flash when the hazard warning lights are activated.|
|The high beam (full beam) blue indicator light comes on when the high beam headlights are activated.|
|This symbol illuminates on the dashboard indicating that the front fog lights are switched on.|
|This symbol illuminates on the dashboard indicating that the rear fog lights are switched on.|
|Illuminating in green, this symbol comes on indicating that the position lights are activated.|
|The Mitsubishi Outlander AHB (automatic high-beam) headlights system has a fault. This indicates the AHB sensor has a fault. Turn the AHB system off and reactivate. If the fault light remains on, have system serviced. The sensor located at the centre-top of the windscreen could be blocked by dirt. Clean the windscreen. Alternatively, the sensor could be hot after parking in hot conditions.|
|For versions of the Mitsubishi Outlander equipped with LED headlights, this warning light illuminates when a fault has been detected with the LED headlight unit. System requires servicing.|
Mitsubishi Outlander Vehicle Faults
These fault lights are associated with electric or mechanical malfunctions, or where a safety system has been manually switched off.
|The Mitsubishi Outlander keyless operation warning lights indicate either a fault or that there's a temporary issue preventing the system from functioning. See Mitsubishi Outlander key not detected for the various warning lights and messages associated with the keyless operation system.|
|The Mitsubishi Outlander electronic power steering (EPS) warning light illuminates, possibly with the message 'POWER STEERING SERVICE REQUIRED' when a fault has been detected in the system. EPS operates while the engine is running and its purpose is to reduce the effort needed to turn the steering wheel. If EPS has a fault or is temporarily unavailable, you will notice it takes much more effort to turn the steering wheel.
Note: Repeated full-lock steering may activate a protection system to prevent power steering from overheating. This is temporary and they system will resume when it has cooled down. If the EPS system fails to resume, have the system serviced by a qualified Mitsubishi workshop.
|The Mitsubishi Outlander tyre pressure light comes on when:
1. A tyre is significantly under inflated. Depending on your version of Outlander, the LOW TYRE PRESSURE warning message may appear. In this instance, stop as soon as possible - avoid sudden steering or harsh braking and replace the tyre.
2. The tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is faulty. The warning light will flash for 1 minute, then stay on and depending on your version of the Outlander, the warning message TYRE PRESSURE MONITOR SERVICE REQUIRED will display.
|The Mitsubishi Outlander Immobilizer System Service Required fault light indicates a fault in the electronic immobilizer (Anti-theft starting system). Set the ignition to the OFF position and attempt restarting. If you have a spare key, try starting the vehicle with this. If you are still unable to start the vehicle, it's likely the key fob may require reprogramming due to the going out of sequence with the ECU. Contact a Mitsubishi qualified workshop.|
|The Mitsubishi Outlander steering lock service required warning light is an indication of a fault in the steering lock system. It's recommended that you stop as soon as safely possible and discontinue driving. Risk of steering lock engaging. Contact a qualified Mitsubishi workshop.|
|The Mitsubishi Outlander electrical system service required may come on for a few seconds after a remote start but should go out shortly. If the warning light remains on, discontinue driving and contact a qualified Mitsubishi workshop.|
|The Mitsubishi Outlander red engine overheating warning light indicates that the engine coolant is overheating. Depending on your version of Outlander, the message ENGINE OVERHEATING STOP SAFELY will display. In this instance:
1. Stop as soon as possible and check to see if steam is coming from the engine bay.
2. If steam is not coming from the engine bay, keep the engine running (the cooling fan will keep running) and open the bonnet to help ventilate the engine.
3. If steam is coming from the engine, stop the engine and when steam stops coming from the engine bay, raise the bonnet to ventilate the engine.
4. Check the cooling fan is operating. If the fans are operating, turn off the engine after the high temperature warning light goes out. If the fans are not operating, immediately switch off the engine and contact a qualified Mitsubishi workshop.
5. Allow the engine to cool for 15 minutes or so and check coolant levels. Add coolant if required and check for any leaks in the radiator hose.
Blue Warning Light
The engine temperature warning light illuminates in blue when the coolant temperature is low. When the light goes out, it's a good indication that the heating will operate.
|The Mitsubishi Outlander transmission overheating warning light indicates either a malfunction in the continuously variable transmission (CVT) gearbox or that the CVT fluid is overheating. Engine control may activate to limit functions and to slow the vehicle to help protect the system. In this instance:
• Stop in a safe place and put the selector lever in the “P” (Park) position. Open the bonnet with the engine running to allow the the system to cool down.
• If the warning light goes out, it is safe to continue driving.
• If the TRANSMISSION OVERHEATING SLOW DOWN or TRANSMISSION SERVICE REQUIRED warning lights and message remain on, immediately contact a Mitsubishi workshop.
|The Mitsubishi Outlander ABS warning light (anti-lock braking system) illuminates with the warning message ABS SERVICE REQUIRED indicating a fault with the ABS system. ABS helps to prevent the wheels from locking when braking. It is a separate system from the standard braking system and normal brakes will continue working with an ABS fault. If the ABS light comes on, it's usually a faulty sensor. Avoid hard braking and high speeds. When possible, stop and restart the engine to see if the fault clears. If the fault light remains on, have the ABS system serviced by a Mitsubishi workshop as soon as possible.
• If the red brake warning light comes on along with the ABS warning light, this is an indication of a fault with the brake force distribution function. This system provides individual brake force to each wheel. Stop the vehicle as soon as possible and contact a Mitsubishi workshop.
|The Mitsubishi Outlander brake warning light is an indication of a fault in the braking system. If this warning stays illuminated and does not go out while driving, there is a danger of ineffective braking. It's advisable to stop as soon as safely possible and contact a Mitsubishi workshop.|
|The PUSH SWITCH AFTER FASTENING SEAT BELT warning light indicates the brake auto hold system does not turn on because the driver’s seat belt is not fastened. Press the brake auto hold switch after fastening the driver’s seat belt.|
|The PUSH SWITCH WHILE APPLYING BRAKE warning light indicates the brake auto hold system does not turn off because the brake pedal is not pressed. Depress the brake pedal more firmly than usual with the right foot. Then, press the brake auto hold switch.|
|The Mitsubishi Outlander low oil pressure warning light means there is a fault in the engine oil circulation system. While taking traffic safety into account, immediately pull off the road if driving and switch off the engine. Check engine oil level. Add oil if required and check that light goes out. If oil level is normal or the warning light stays on, do not continue driving. Serious engine damage may occur. Contact a qualified Mitsubishi workshop.|
|The Mitsubishi Outlander battery charging system service required indicates a fault in the charging system. The engine may cut out soon. Immediately turn off any vehicle systems that are not required and that use electric. This may keep the engine running longer. If within a short distance, make your way to a repair workshop.|
|The Mitsubishi Outlander Airbag System Service Required warning light indicates a fault in the Supplemental restraint system (SRS) airbag or the seat belt pretensioner system. Have the system serviced if:
• The ignition switch or the operation mode is in ON and the SRS / airbag warning light does not come on or it stays on.
• The SRS / airbag warning light and/or the warning display comes on while driving.
|The ASC System Service Required is the Active Stability Control System. If the Mitsubishi Outlander ASC warning light comes on, ASC will not function. Overall control of the anti-lock brake system, traction control function and stability control will not longer be in operation. Slow down and avoid heavy braking. Have system checked as soon as possible.
Note: If the ASC light flashes, this is an indication that the system in actively functioning and aiding to maintain stability of the vehicle.
|The Mitsubishi Outlander 4WD System Service Required warning light indicates a fault in the electronically controlled 4WD system or the the S-AWC system (Super-All Wheel Control). Ensure that tyres are the same specified size, type, and brand, and have no difference in the amount of wear for all 4 wheels. Else the S-AWC and 4WD function may not operate and the warning messages will illuminate.|
|The Mitsubishi Outlander DPF System Service Required warning light is an indication that engine oil levels have excessively increased. Stop as soon as safely possible. Excessive engine oil can damage components. Contact a qualified Mitsubishi workshop.|
|The Mitsubishi Outlander Check DPF System means there's an excessive amount of particulate matter accumulated inside the diesel particulate filter (DPF). To assist with cleaning of the DPF, drive for around 20 minutes and at a speed of at least 40 km/h (25 mph). The light will go out when the cleaning process has done. If the light remains on, contact a Mitsubishi workshop. Diesel engines are not suited to frequent short trips. This can result in blocked DPF.|
|The Mitsubishi Outlander Remove Water in Separator warning light means that more than the specified limit of water has accumulated in the fuel filter. Water requires draining from the fuel filter. Continual driving with this warning light on may result in engine damage.|
|The Mitsubishi Outlander ACC temporarily not Available Radar Blocked warning light indicates that the Adaptive Cruise Control System (ACC) radar requires cleaning. It is located on the front bumper. The ACC SERVICE REQUIRED is an indication of a system fault.|
|The Mitsubishi Outlander FCM Service Required warning light indicated a fault in the Forward Collision Mitigation System (FCM). This may be due to an overheated sensor. The sensor is located in front of the rear-view mirror inside the car. When parked in direct sunlight for example, the sensor can become extremely hot. The system will begin working when the sensor has cooled. Alternatively, the view of the sensor may be blocked by dirt. Clean the windscreen to ensure a clear view for the sensor.|
|The Mitsubishi Outlander LDW Service Required warning light indicates a fault in the Lane Departure Warning (LDW). The LDW system uses the same camera system as the FCM above. The system may malfunction in extreme heat or when the camera view is obscured. If after ensuring the camera is not overheating or it's view is impaired and the warnin glight remains on, have LDW system checked by Mitsubishi.|
|The Mitsubishi Outlander UMS Service required indicates a fault with the Ultrasonic misacceleration Mitigation System (UMS). UMS uses sensors and prevents the vehicle from surging forward if the driver unintentionally hits the accelerator pedal.|
|The Mitsubishi Outlander BSW Service Required warning light Blind Spot Warning (BSW) alerts the driver when another vehicle that may not be visible in the mirrors is traveling alongside your vehicle. This warning light indicates a malfunction in the system or the sensor.
• The warning message BSW RADAR BLOCKED indicates the radar sensors may require cleaning. The radars are located on the rear bumper, one on each corner.
• The warning message BSW TEMPORARILY UNAVAILBLE indicates a temporary pause in the system. This may be due to environment issues preventing the system from functioning or that the sensors are very hot. The system should resume shortly. If this warning or the service warning light remain on, have system checked.
|The Mitsubishi Outlander Driver Assistance Camera Service Required warning light indicates a fault with the Forward Collision Mitigation System (FCM). Have system checked as soon as possible.
• The warning message DRIVER ASSISTANCE CAMERA TEMPORARILY NOT AVAILABLE indicates that they system is temporarily not able to function. This is often due to weather or highly reflective surfaces or the sensor is too hot. The system should resume operation shortly.
• The warning message DRIVER ASSISTANCE CAMERA BLOCKED indicates the camera located at the centre-top of the windscreen requires cleaning. Clean this area of the windscreen.
|The Mitsubishi Outlander check engine warning light comes on when a fault has been detected with the emissions, engine control system or A/T control system / CVT control system. Vehicle is usually good to drive for a short period of time, but have the fault diagnosed as soon as possible. If the light begins to flash, have vehicle checked immediately as catalytic converter damage may occur.|
|The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV RBS (Regenerative Brake System) warning light illuminates when the regenerative brake cannot be used, while the Plug-in Hybrid EV System is operating.|
|The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV EV System Service Required warning light indicates one or more malfunctions is occurring in the Plug-in Hybrid EV System.
• The warning message EV SYSTEM SERVICE REQUIRED STOP SAFELY indicates that you must immediately stop the vehicle and contact a Mitsubishi workshop.
|The Mitsubishi Outlander battery too cold warning light will usually come on when the vehicle has been parked outside in cold conditions. Wait for the outside temperature to rise before starting the Plug-in hybrid system.
• The warning message BATTERY TOO COLD PLUG IN NORMAL CHARGER TO WARM indicates the battery is too cold to operate. Even if the battery is fully charged, plug in the charger to warm the battery.