Acura ILX Warning Lights and Dashboard Symbols

When you’re behind the wheel of your Acura ILX [2012-2024], it’s essential to pay attention to the various indicators, gauges, and displays on your instrument panel. These indicators provide critical information about the status of your vehicle, helping you stay safe and informed while on the road. In this guide, we’ll break down some of the most important instrument panel indicators, what they mean, and what actions you should take if they illuminate.

Malfunction Indicators: Red and Amber Warnings

The most critical instrument panel indicators are the red and amber ones. If any of these indicators come on and remain illuminated while you’re driving or at any other time, it’s a signal that there may be a problem with your vehicle. In such cases, it’s crucial to take prompt action and seek assistance from your Acura dealer. Here’s a closer look at some of these critical indicators:


Parking Brake and Brake System (Red Indicator):

  • Illuminates when the parking brake is applied and turns off when released.
  • Indicates low brake fluid if it stays on.
  • Alerts to a problem with the brake system.
  • A beeper sounds if you drive with the parking brake not fully released.
  • If it comes on while driving, ensure the parking brake is released and check the brake fluid level.
  • If it illuminates along with the ABS indicator, consult your dealer.

Brake System (Amber Indicator):

  • Comes on if there’s a problem with a system related to braking other than the conventional brake system.
  • If it comes on while driving, have your vehicle checked by your dealer.
  • Even with this indicator on, your vehicle maintains normal braking ability.

Low Oil Pressure (Red Indicator):

  • Illuminates when engine oil pressure is low.
  • If it comes on while driving, stop in a safe place immediately.

Charging System (Red Indicator):

  • Lights up when you set the power mode to ON and should go off when the engine starts.
  • Indicates a problem if the battery is not charging.
  • If it comes on while driving, reduce electricity consumption by turning off non-essential systems.

Supplemental Restraint System (SRS):

  • Briefly illuminates when you set the power mode to ON and then goes off.
  • Alerts to a problem with various safety components, including airbags and seat belt tensioners.
  • If it stays on constantly or doesn’t come on at all, consult your dealer.


Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) (Amber Indicator):

  • Comes on if there’s a problem with the LKAS.
  • If it stays on constantly or doesn’t come on, have your vehicle checked by your dealer.

Malfunction Indication Lamp (Check Engine Light):

  • Comes on when you set the power mode to ON and goes off when the engine starts.
  • Alerts to a problem with the emissions control system.
  • Blinks when there’s a misfire in the engine’s cylinders.
  • Consult your dealer if it comes on while driving.

Anti-lock Brake System (ABS):

  • Illuminates briefly when you set the power mode to ON and then goes off.
  • Indicates a problem with the ABS if it comes on at any other time.
  • Consult your dealer if it stays on constantly.

Low Tire Pressure / Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS):

  • Comes on briefly when you set the power mode to ON.
  • If it illuminates while driving, check tire pressures and inflate if necessary.
  • Consult your dealer if it blinks and remains on.

Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) System:

  • Lights up briefly when you set the power mode to ON and then goes off.
  • Blinks when VSA® is active.
  • Indicates a problem with the VSA® system or hill start assist system if it stays on constantly.

Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™):

  • Briefly comes on when you change the power mode to ON and then goes off.
  • Illuminates when there’s a problem with the CMBS™ system.
  • Consult your dealer if it stays on constantly without the CMBS™ turned off.

Road Departure Mitigation (RDM):

  • Stays on if the area around the camera is blocked or if there’s a problem with the RDM system.
  • Consult your dealer if it remains on constantly.

Blind Spot Information:

  • Illuminates if there’s a problem with the system.
  • Stays on while the blind spot information system is turned off.
  • Comes on when mud, snow, or ice accumulates near the sensor.

Electric Power Steering (EPS) System:

  • Comes on if there’s a problem with the EPS system.
  • Consult your dealer if it stays on constantly or doesn’t come on.

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC):

  • Lights up if there’s a problem with ACC.
  • Briefly comes on when you set the power mode to ON and goes off.

Transmission System Indicator:

  • Blinks if there’s a problem with the transmission system.
  • Avoid sudden starts and acceleration if it blinks while driving and consult your dealer immediately.

Keyless Access System:

  • Comes on when a problem is detected in the keyless access system or keyless starting system.
  • Consult your dealer if it stays on constantly or doesn’t come on.

Condition Indicators: Action Required

Additionally, there are condition indicators that may require your attention:

Seat Belt Reminder:

  • Illuminates and sounds a beeper if you or your front passenger haven’t fastened your seat belt.
  • Blinks while driving if seat belts remain unfastened.

Low Fuel:

  • Illuminates when your fuel reserve is running low.
  • Refuel your vehicle as soon as possible.

System Message:

  • Comes on along with a beep when a problem is detected.
  • Check the multi-information display (MID) for more details and follow the appropriate action.

Immobilizer:

  • Comes on if the immobilizer system cannot recognize the key information.
  • If it blinks repeatedly, there may be a malfunction.

On/Off Indicators

These indicators serve as reminders of whether a particular item is in an active or inactive state.


These instrument panel indicators are your vehicle’s way of communicating with you. Understanding their meanings and taking appropriate action when they illuminate can help ensure your safety and the proper functioning of your Acura. If you ever encounter any of these indicators and are unsure of what to do, don’t hesitate to reach out to your Acura dealer for assistance. Your safety is our top priority, and we’re here to help you enjoy a worry-free driving experience.

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