Kia Carnival Owners Manual

Warning lights
Features of your vehicle / Warning and indicator lights / Warning lights

✽ NOTICE - Warning lights

Make sure that all warning lights are OFF after starting the engine. If any light is still ON, this indicates a situation that needs attention.

Air bag Warning Light

Kia Carnival: Warning lights. This warning light illuminates:

This warning light illuminates:

  • Once you set the ignition switch or Engine Start/Stop Button to the ON position.
    - It illuminates for approximately 6 seconds and then goes off.
  • When there is a malfunction with the SRS.
    In this case, have your vehicle inspected by an authorized Kia dealer.

Seat Belt Warning Light

Kia Carnival: Warning lights. This warning light informs the driver that the seat belt is not fastened.

This warning light informs the driver that the seat belt is not fastened.

For more details, refer to the Seat Belts in chapter 3.

Parking Brake & Brake Fluid Warning Light

Kia Carnival: Warning lights. This warning light illuminates :

This warning light illuminates :

  • Once you set the ignition switch or Engine Start/Stop Button to the ON position.
    - It illuminates for approximately 3 seconds.
    - It remains on if the parking brake is applied.
  • When the parking brake is applied. When the brake fluid level in the reservoir is low.
    - If the warning light illuminates with the parking brake released, it indicates the brake fluid level in reservoir is low.

If the brake fluid level in the reservoir is low:

1. Drive carefully to the nearest safe location and stop your vehicle.

2. With the engine stopped, check the brake fluid level immediately and add fluid as required (For more details, refer to Brake Fluid in chapter 7).

Then check all brake components for fluid leaks. If any leaks in the brake system is still found, the warning light remains on, or the brakes do not operate properly, do not drive the vehicle.

In this case, have your vehicle towed to an authorized Kia dealer and inspected.

Dual-diagonal braking system

Your vehicle is equipped with dualdiagonal braking systems. This means you still have braking on two wheels even if one of the dual systems should fail.

With only one of the dual systems working, more than normal pedal travel and greater pedal pressure are required to stop the vehicle.

Also, the vehicle will not stop in as short a distance with only a portion of the brake system working.

If the brakes fail while you are driving, shift to a lower gear for additional engine braking and stop the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so.

Kia Carnival: Warning lights. WARNING - Parking Brake & Brake Fluid Warning Light WARNING - Parking Brake & Brake Fluid Warning Light

Driving the vehicle with a warning light ON is dangerous. If the Parking Brake & Brake Fluid Warning Light illuminates with the parking brake released, it indicates that the brake fluid level is low.

In this case, have your vehicle inspected by an authorized Kia dealer.

Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) Warning Light

Kia Carnival: Warning lights. This warning light illuminates :

This warning light illuminates :

  • Once you set the ignition switch or Engine Start/Stop Button to the ON position.
    - It illuminates for approximately 3 seconds and then goes off.
  • When there is a malfunction with the ABS (The normal braking system will still be operational without the assistance of the anti-lock brake system). In this case, have your vehicle inspected by an authorized Kia dealer.

Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) System Warning Light

Kia Carnival: Warning lights. These two warning lights illuminate at the same time while driving :

These two warning lights illuminate at the same time while driving :

When the ABS and regular brake system may not work normally. In this case, have your vehicle inspected by an authorized Kia dealer.

Kia Carnival: Warning lights. WARNING - Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) System Warning Light WARNING - Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) System Warning Light

When both ABS and Parking Brake & Brake Fluid Warning Lights are on, the brake system will not work normally and you may experience an unexpected and dangerous situation during sudden braking. In this case, avoid high speed driving and abrupt braking. Have your vehicle inspected by an authorized Kia dealer as soon as possible.

✽ NOTICE - Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) System Warning Light

When the ABS Warning Light is on or both ABS and Parking Brake & Brake Fluid Warning Lights are on, the speedometer, odometer, or tripmeter may not work. Also, the EPS Warning Light may illuminate and the steering effort may increase or decrease.

In this case, have your vehicle inspected by an authorized Kia dealer as soon as possible.

Electronic Power Steering (EPS) Warning Light

Kia Carnival: Warning lights. This warning light illuminates :

This warning light illuminates :

  • Once you set the ignition switch or Engine Start/Stop Button to the ON position.
    - It remains on until the engine is started.
  • When there is a malfunction with the EPS.
    In this case, have your vehicle inspected by an authorized Kia dealer.

Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL)

Kia Carnival: Warning lights. This warning light illuminates :

This warning light illuminates :

  • Once you set the ignition switch or Engine Start/Stop Button to the ON position.
    - It remains on until the engine is started.
  • When there is a malfunction with the emission control system. In this case, have your vehicle inspected by an authorized Kia dealer.

Kia Carnival: Warning lights. CAUTION - Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) CAUTION - Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL)

Driving with the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) on may cause damage to the emission control systems which could effect drivability and/or fuel economy.

Kia Carnival: Warning lights. CAUTION - Catalytic con- charging system. verter CAUTION - Catalytic con- charging system. verter

If the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) illuminates, potential catalytic converter damage is possible which could result in loss of engine power. In this case, have your vehicle inspected by an authorized Kia dealer as soon as possible.

Charging System Warning Light

Kia Carnival: Warning lights. This warning light illuminates :

This warning light illuminates :

  • Once you set the ignition switch or Engine Start/Stop Button to the ON position.
    - It remains on until the engine is started.
  • When there is a malfunction with either the alternator or electrical charging system.

If there is a malfunction with either the alternator or electrical charging system :

1. Drive carefully to the nearest safe location and stop your vehicle.

2. Turn the engine off and check the alternator drive belt for looseness or breakage.

If the belt is adjusted properly, there may be a problem in the electrical charging system.

In this case, have your vehicle inspected by an authorized Kia dealer as soon as possible.

Engine Oil Pressure Warning Light

Kia Carnival: Warning lights. This warning light illuminates :

This warning light illuminates :

  • Once you set the ignition switch or Engine Start/Stop Button to the ON position.
    - It remains on until the engine is started.
  • When the engine oil pressure is low.

If the engine oil pressure is low :

1. Drive carefully to the nearest safe location and stop your vehicle.

2. Turn the engine off and check the engine oil level (For more details, refer to Engine Oil in section 7). If the level is low, add oil as required.

If the warning light remains on after adding oil or if oil is not available, have your vehicle inspected by an authorized Kia dealer as soon as possible.

Kia Carnival: Warning lights. CAUTION - Engine damage CAUTION - Engine damage

If the engine is not stopped immediately after the engine oil pressure warning light is illuminated and stays on while the engine is running, serious engine damage may result.

Low Fuel Level Warning Light

Kia Carnival: Warning lights. This warning light illuminates :

This warning light illuminates :

When the fuel tank is nearly empty.

If the fuel tank is nearly empty :

Add fuel as soon as possible.

Kia Carnival: Warning lights. CAUTION - Low Fuel Level CAUTION - Low Fuel Level

Driving with the Low Fuel Level warning light on or with the fuel level below 0 or E can cause the engine to misfire and damage the catalytic converter (if equipped).

Door Ajar Warning Light

Kia Carnival: Warning lights. This warning light illuminates :

This warning light illuminates :

When a door is not closed securely.

Tailgate Open Warning Light

Kia Carnival: Warning lights. This warning light illuminates :

This warning light illuminates :

When the tailgate is not closed securely.

Sunroof Open Warning Light

Kia Carnival: Warning lights. This warning light illuminates :

This warning light illuminates :

When the sunroof is not closed securely.

Master Warning light

Kia Carnival: Warning lights.  This warning light informs the driver of the following situations

This warning light informs the driver of the following situations

- Low washer fluid (if equipped)
- Blind Spot Detection (BSD) malfunction (if equipped)
- Lane Departure warning system (LDWS) malfunction (if equipped)
- Forward collision warning system (FCWS) malfunction (if equipped)
- Smart cruise control system (SCC) malfunction (if equipped)
- High beam assist system (HBA) malfunction (if equipped)
- Service required

The Master Warning Light illuminates when more than one of the above warning situations occur. At this time, the LCD Modes Icon will change from (Kia Carnival: Warning lights. to ().) to (Kia Carnival: Warning lights. If the warning situation is solved, the master warning light will be turned off).

If the warning situation is solved, the master warning light will be turned off and the LCD Modes Icon will be changed back to its previous icon (Kia Carnival: Warning lights. (ex : refill the washer fluid)). (ex : refill the washer fluid)


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