Ford Ranger Dashboard Warning Lights – DASH-LIGHTS.COM

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.

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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.

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4 Wheel Drive
The Ford Ranger 4 wheel drive dash light illuminates when:

• 4L: Four-wheel drive low is engaged.

• 4H: Four-wheel drive high is engaged.
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Airbag Warning Light
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.
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Check Engine Warning Light
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.
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Tyre / Tire Pressure
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.
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Oil Pressure
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.




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ESP Warning Light
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.

ESP Button

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.
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Spanner / Wrench / Powertrain
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 Ford Ranger Dashboard Warning Lights - DASH-LIGHTS.COM. If this warning light flashes, reduce speed and avoid pushing the engine hard.
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Check Engine + Powertrain
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.
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Immobiliser
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

inserted.
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Change Oil
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.




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Water in Fuel
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.
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DPF
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.
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Ice / Frost Warning
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.
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Glow Plugs
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.
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AdBlue
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.


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