Mazda MX-5 Miata Dashboard Lights

At Montrose Mazda of Cleveland, we want our customers to be as prepared as possible if they see a light illuminate on the dashboard of their Mazda MX-5 Miata while cruising through the Cleveland, Lorain, and Bedford areas.

That's why we created this 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata dashboard light guide, where we'll cover some of the lights you're more likely to experience and how to proceed if you do. If you find that you need to bring your Mazda to our service center, make sure to check out our service specials to ensure you're getting the best deal!

Mazda MX-5 Miata: Dashboard Lights

Let's go over some of the most common dashboard lights you may see while driving your Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Brake System Warning Light: If you see a dashboard light that looks like an exclamation point in a circle over the word "BRAKE," check to see if the parking brake is activated. If it's not activated, you may have low brake fluid levels or an overall problem with the brake system. To avoid possible brake failure, park your vehicle as soon as it's safe and contact an authorized Mazda dealer for assistance.

Charging System Warning Light: A picture of a battery means that there could be an alternator or charging system malfunction. Do not continue driving because your car may stop unexpectedly. Instead, pull over once it's safe to do so, turn off the engine, and contact a certified Mazda technician.

Engine Oil Warning Light: If you see the dashboard light of an oil can, your engine oil pressure may be low. Continuing to drive could result in extensive engine damage, so pull over as soon as it's safe and contact your local Mazda dealership for an oil change.

Master Warning Light: The Master Warning Light looks like an exclamation point in an inverted triangle and indicates a vehicle system malfunction. If equipped, refer to the message in the Multi-information Display. Contact an authorized Mazda service center as soon as possible.

Check Engine Light: This light looks like a drawing of an engine and could mean several things, including low gas levels, an emission control system problem, or an electrical system problem. Do not drive at high speeds and visit your nearest Mazda service center as soon as possible for a professional diagnosis.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Warning Light: This will illuminate if your tire pressure is low. Avoid sudden maneuvering or braking and fill your tires with air to the recommended PSI as soon as possible. If the light stays lit through several regular driving cycles, visit our service center as soon as possible. If the light is flashing, there's a possible issue with your TPMS that needs to be checked by a technician. This light looks like an exclamation mark in parentheses.

High Engine Coolant Temperature Warning: If you see a flashing red dashboard light that looks like a thermometer being dipped in liquid, your coolant temperature may be dangerously high. Drive slowly and find a safe place to pull over. Turn off the engine and wait for it to cool down.

If the light is illuminated, there's a possibility of overheating. Prevent this by pulling over when it's safe and turning off the engine to let it cool. Do not continue driving if this light is solid or flashing or you may experience engine damage.

Dashboard Lights: Schedule a Service Appointment

If you see a light on your dashboard-either one we covered in our 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata dashboard light guide or one we didn't-reach out the service center at Montrose Mazda of Cleveland to receive a professional diagnosis.

Drivers in the Lorain, Bedford, and Cleveland areas can contact us to make a service appointment today!


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