Hyundai Elantra Owners Manual

Warnings and indicators
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All warning lights are checked by turning the ignition switch ON (do not start the engine). Any light that does not illuminate should be checked by an authorized HYUNDAI dealer.

After starting the engine, check to make sure that all warning lights are off. If any are still on, this indicates a situation that needs attention. When releasing the parking brake, the brake system warning light should go off. The fuel warning light will stay on if the fuel level is low.

ECO indicator (if equipped)

Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. Active ECO system (if equipped) When the active ECO is operating the ECO indicator

Active ECO system (if equipped) When the active ECO is operating the ECO indicator is green.

For more detailed information, refer to Active ECO in chapter 5.

Air bag warning light

Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. This warning light will illuminate for approximately 6 seconds each time you

This warning light will illuminate for approximately 6 seconds each time you turn the ignition switch to the ON position.

This light also comes on when the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) is not working properly. If the SRS air bag warning light Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. on after operating for about 6 seconds when you turned the ignition switch to the does not come on, or continuously remains on after operating for about 6 seconds when you turned the ignition switch to the ON position or started the engine, or if it comes on while driving, have the SRS inspected by an authorized HYUNDAI dealer.

Anti-lock brake system (ABS) warning light

Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. This light illuminates if the ignition switch is turned ON and goes off in approximately

This light illuminates if the ignition switch is turned ON and goes off in approximately 3 seconds if the system is operating normally.

If the ABS warning light remains on, comes on while driving, or does not come on when the ignition switch is turned to the ON position, this indicates that there may be a malfunction with the ABS.

If this occurs, have your vehicle checked by an authorized HYUNDAI dealer as soon as possible. The normal braking system will still be operational, but without the assistance of the anti-lock brake system.

If the ABS warning light turns on while driving

1.Park the vehicle in a safe place and turn off the engine.

2.Turn on the engine again.

3.If the warning light illuminates and turns off in approximately 3 seconds, the system is operating normally.

If the warning light does not turn off, have your vehicle checked by an authorized HYUNDAI dealer as soon as possible.

Electronic brake force distribution (EBD) system warning light

Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. If these two warning lights illuminate at the same time while driving, your vehicle

If these two warning lights illuminate at the same time while driving, your vehicle may have a malfunction with the ABS and EBD system.

In this case, your ABS and regular brake system may not work normally. Have the vehicle checked by an authorized HYUNDAI dealer as soon as possible.

Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. If the both ABS and brake warning lights are on and stay on, your vehicles brakeWARNING

If the both ABS and brake warning lights are on and stay on, your vehicles brake system will not work normally during sudden braking. In this case, avoid high speed driving and abrupt braking. Have your vehicle checked by an authorized HYUNDAI dealer as soon as possible.

NOTICE

If the ABS warning light or EBD warning light is on and stays on, the speedometer or odometer/tripmeter may not work. In this case, have your vehicle checked by an authorized HYUNDAI dealer as soon as possible.

Seat belt warning

Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. The driver's seat belt warning light and chime will activate to the following

The driver's seat belt warning light and chime will activate to the following table when the ignition switch is in "ON" position.

Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. *1 Warning pattern repeats 11 times with interval 24 seconds. If the driver's

*1 Warning pattern repeats 11 times with interval 24 seconds. If the driver's seat belt is buckled, the light will stop within 6 seconds and chime will stop immediately.

*2 The light will stop within 6 seconds and chime will stop immediately.

Turn signal indicator

Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. The blinking arrows on the instrument panel show the direction indicated by the

The blinking arrows on the instrument panel show the direction indicated by the turn signals. If the arrow comes on but does not blink, blinks more rapidly than normal, or does not illuminate at all, a malfunction in the turn signal system is indicated. Your dealer should be consulted for repairs.

High beam indicator

Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. This indicator illuminates when the headlights are on and in the high beam position

This indicator illuminates when the headlights are on and in the high beam position or when the turn signal lever is pulled into the Flash-to-Pass position.

Tail light indicator

Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. This indicator illuminates when the tail lights are on.

This indicator illuminates when the tail lights are on.

Engine oil pressure warning light

Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. This warning light indicates the engine oil pressure is low.

This warning light indicates the engine oil pressure is low.

If the warning light illuminates while driving:

1. Drive safely to the side of the road and stop.

2. With the engine off, check the engine oil level. If the level is low, add oil as required.

If the warning light remains on after adding oil or if oil is not available, call an authorized HYUNDAI dealer.

Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. If the engine is not stopped immediately after the engine oil pressure warning CAUTION

If the engine is not stopped immediately after the engine oil pressure warning light is illuminated, severe damage could result.

Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. If the oil pressure warning light stays on while the engine is running, serious CAUTION

If the oil pressure warning light stays on while the engine is running, serious engine damage may result. The oil pressure warning light comes on whenever there is insufficient oil pressure. In normal operation, it should come on when the ignition switch is turned on, then go out when the engine is started. If the oil pressure warning light stays on while the engine is running, there is a serious malfunction.

If this happens, stop the car as soon as it is safe to do so, turn off the engine and check the oil level. If the oil level is low, fill the engine oil to the proper level and start the engine again. If the light stays on with the engine running, turn the engine off immediately. In any instance where the oil light stays on when the engine is running, the engine should be checked by an authorized HYUNDAI dealer before the car is driven again.

Parking brake & brake fluid warning light

Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. Parking brake warning

Parking brake warning

This light is illuminated when the parking brake is applied with the ignition switch in the START or ON position. The warning light should go off when the parking brake is released.

Low brake fluid level warning

If the warning light remains on, it may indicate that the brake fluid level in the reservoir is low.

If the warning light remains on:

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. Then check all brake components for fluid leaks.

3. Do not drive the vehicle if leaks are found, the warning light remains on or the brakes do not operate properly. Have the vehicle towed to any authorized HYUNDAI dealer for a brake system inspection and necessary repairs.

Your vehicle is equipped with a dualdiagonal braking system. This means you still have braking on two wheels even if one of the brake circuits is damaged or malfunctions. With only one of the circuits working, more than normal pedal travel and greater pedal pressure are required to stop the car. Also, the car 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 car as soon as it is safe to do so.

To check bulb operation, check whether the parking brake and brake fluid warning light illuminates when the ignition switch is in the ON position.

Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. Driving the vehicle with a warning light on is dangerous. If the brake warningWARNING

Driving the vehicle with a warning light on is dangerous. If the brake warning light remains on, have the brakes checked and repaired immediately by an authorized HYUNDAI dealer.

Low tire pressure telltale (if equipped)

Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. The low tire pressure telltale illuminates when one or more of your tires is

The low tire pressure telltale illuminates when one or more of your tires is significantly underinflated.

Inflate your tires to the correct inflation pressure.

The low tire pressure telltale will illuminate after it blinks for approximately one minute when there is a problem with the Tire Pressure Monitoring System.

If this occurs, have the system checked by an authorized HYUNDAI dealer as soon as possible.

For details, refer to the TPMS on chapter 6.

Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. - Low tire pressureWARNING - Low tire pressure

Significantly low tire pressure makes the vehicle unstable and can contribute to loss of vehicle control and increased braking distances. Continued driving on tires with low pressure will cause the tires to overheat and fail.

Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. - Safe stoppingWARNING - Safe stopping

  • The TPMS cannot alert you to severe and sudden tire damage caused by external factors.
  • If you feel any vehicle instability, immediately take your foot off the accelerator, apply the brakes gradually and with light force, and slowly move to a safe position off the road.

Automatic Transaxle shift indicator

Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. The indicator displays which automatic transaxle shift position is selected.

The indicator displays which automatic transaxle shift position is selected.

Manual transaxle shift indicator (if equipped)

Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. This indicator informs you which gear is desired while driving to save fuel.

This indicator informs you which gear is desired while driving to save fuel.

For example

Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. 3rd gear is desired (currently the shift lever is in the 2nd gear). Indicates that shifting up to the 3rd gear is desired (currently the shift lever is in the 2nd gear).

Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. 3rd gear is desired (currently the shift lever is in the 4th gear).Indicates that shifting down to the 3rd gear is desired (currently the shift lever is in the 4th gear).

Charging system warning light

Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. This warning light indicates a malfunction of either the generator or electrical

This warning light indicates a malfunction of either the generator or electrical charging system.

If the warning light comes on while the vehicle is in motion:

1. Drive to the nearest safe location.

2. With the engine off, check the generator drive belt for looseness or breakage.

3. If the belt is adjusted properly, a problem exists somewhere in the electrical charging system. Have an authorized HYUNDAI dealer correct the problem as soon as possible.

✽ NOTICE

When the charging system warning light comes on or the voltage is low (when the alteranator (or battery) does not operate normally or it malfunctions), the steering wheel may get heavy and become difficult to control operate abnormally.

Front fog light indicator (if equipped)

Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. This light comes on when the front fog lights are ON.

This light comes on when the front fog lights are ON.

Trunk lid open warning light

Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. This warning light illuminates when the trunk lid is not closed securely with

This warning light illuminates when the trunk lid is not closed securely with the ignition in any position.

Door open warning light

Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. This indicator illuminates when a door is not closed securely.

This indicator illuminates when a door is not closed securely.

Immobilizer indicator (if equipped)

Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. Without smart key system

Without smart key system

This light illuminates when the immobilizer key is inserted and turned to the ON position to start the engine.

At this time, you can start the engine.The light goes out after the engine is running. If this light blinks when the ignition switch is in the ON position before starting the engine, have the system checked by an authorized HYUNDAI dealer.

With smart key system (if equipped)

If any of the following occurs in a vehicle equipped with the smart key, the immobilizer indicator illuminates, blinks or the light goes off.

  • When the smart key is in the vehicle, if the engine start/stop button is turned to the ON position, the indicator will illuminate until the engine is started. However, when the smart key is not in the vehicle, if the engine start/stop button is depressed, the indicator will blink for a few minutes to indicate that you will not be able to start the engine.
  • When the ignition switch is turned to the ON position and the indicator turns off after 2 seconds, the system may need repair. Have the vehicle checked by an authorized HYUNDAI dealer.
  • When the battery is weak, if the engine start/stop button is depressed, the indicator will blink and you will not be able to start the engine. However, you may still be able to start the engine by pressing the engine start/stop button with the smart key. If smart key system related parts need repair, the indicator blinks.

Low fuel level warning light

Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. This warning light indicates the fuel tank is nearly empty. When it comes on,

This warning light indicates the fuel tank is nearly empty. When it comes on, you should add fuel as soon as possible. Driving with the fuel level warning light on or with the fuel level below E can cause the engine to misfire and damage the catalytic converter.

Malfunction indicator light (MIL) (check engine light)

Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. This indicator light is part of the Engine Control System which monitors various

This indicator light is part of the Engine Control System which monitors various emission control system components. If this light illuminates while driving, it indicates that a potential malfunction has been detected somewhere in the emission control system.

This light will also illuminate when the ignition switch is turned to the ON position, and will go out in a few seconds after the engine is started. If it illuminates while driving, or does not illuminate when the ignition switch is turned to the ON position, take your vehicle to your nearest authorized HYUNDAI dealer and have the system checked.

Generally, your vehicle will continue to be drivable, but have the system checked by an authorized HYUNDAI dealer promptly.

Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. Prolonged driving with the Malfunction Indicator Light illuminated may cause CAUTION

Prolonged driving with the Malfunction Indicator Light illuminated may cause damage to the emission control systems which could effect drivability and/or fuel economy.

If the Malfunction Indicator Light illuminates or blinks, potential catalytic converter damage is possible. This could result in loss of engine power. Have the Engine Control System inspected as soon as possible by an authorized HYUNDAI dealer.

ESC indicator (Electronic Stability Control)

Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. The ESC indicator will illuminate when the ignition switch is turned ON, but

The ESC indicator will illuminate when the ignition switch is turned ON, but should go off after approximately 3 seconds. When the ESC is on, it monitors the driving conditions. Under normal driving conditions, the ESC light will remain off. When a slippery or low traction condition is encountered, the ESC will operate, and the ESC indicator will blink to indicate the ESC is operating.

The ESC indicator stays on when the ESC may have a malfunction. Take your car to an authorized HYUNDAI dealer and have the system checked.

ESC OFF indicator

Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. The ESC OFF indicator will illuminate when the ignition switch is turned ON,

The ESC OFF indicator will illuminate when the ignition switch is turned ON, but should go off after approximately 3 seconds. To switch to ESC OFF mode, press the ESC OFF button. The ESC OFF indicator will illuminate indicating the ESC is deactivated.

Cruise indicator (if equipped)

CRUISE indicator

Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. The indicator light illuminates when the cruise control system is enabled.

The indicator light illuminates when the cruise control system is enabled.

The cruise indicator light in the instrument cluster is illuminated when the cruise control ON-OFF button on the steering wheel is pushed.

The indicator light turns off when the cruise control ON-OFF button is pushed again. For more information about the use of cruise control, refer to Cruise control system or Smart cruise control system in section 5.

Cruise SET indicator

Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. The indicator light illuminates when the cruise function switch (SET- or RES+)

The indicator light illuminates when the cruise function switch (SET- or RES+) is ON.

The cruise SET indicator light in the instrument cluster is illuminated when the cruise control switch (SET- or RES+) is pushed. The cruise SET indicator light does not illuminate when the cruise control switch (CANCEL) is pushed or the system is disengaged.

Electronic power steering (EPS) system warning light

Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. This indicator light comes on after the ignition key is turned to the ON position

This indicator light comes on after the ignition key is turned to the ON position and then it will go out.

This light also comes on when the EPS needs repairs. If it comes on while driving, have your vehicle inspected by an authorized HYUNDAI dealer.

Steering effort may increase significantly if this lamp illuminates. See EPS system in this section.

Key reminder warning chime (if equipped)

Without smart key

If the drivers door is opened while the ignition key is left in the ignition switch (ACC or LOCK position), the key reminder warning chime will sound. This helps prevent you from locking your keys in the vehicle. The chime sounds until the key is removed from the ignition switch or the drivers door is closed.

With smart key

If the drivers door is opened while the smart key is in the vehicle with the engine start/stop button in ACC, the key reminder warning chime will sound. The chime sounds until the drivers door is closed.

KEY OUT indicator (if equipped)

Hyundai Elantra: Warnings and indicators. When the ignition switch is in the ACC or ON position, if any door is open, the

When the ignition switch is in the ACC or ON position, if any door is open, the system checks for the smart key. If the smart key is not in the vehicle, the indicator will blink, and if all doors are closed, the chime will also sound for about 5 seconds. The indicator will turn off while the vehicle is moving. Keep the smart key in the vehicle.


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