The dash lights on the 2002 Ford Escape are indicators that provide a combination of alerts and warnings. Some indicators are purely informational, such as turn signals and high beam indicators. Other gauges are system fault warnings and should be addressed immediately to avoid damage to the vehicle, such as the oil pressure gauge and brake gauge. Understand the alert and warning indicators on the Escape’s instrument cluster to determine if a dash light requires immediate action or simply provides you with information.
Check engine soon and turn signals: dash lights meaning
The turn signal indicators flash when the respective turn signal is active. The turn signal indicators are the left and right arrow icons on either side of the instrument cluster. The malfunction indicator, also called the check engine indicator, is to the left of the left turn signal indicator. This indicator illuminates when the Escape’s computer detects a system malfunction. If the check engine indicator comes on and stays on while the engine is running and no other indicators are lit, have the Exhaust diagnosed and serviced. If this indicator lights together with another indicator, focus on the other indicator first.
Left side instrument cluster – 2002 ford escape dash gauges
The first indicator to the left of the check engine is the seat belt warning light, represented by a person with a seat belt across the chest. This light stays on when the driver’s seat belt is not fastened. The airbag warning indicator is the next light in the row, represented by an icon of a person in the seat with an airbag deployed in front of him. When illuminated while the Escape is running, this indicator warns of an airbag system malfunction that needs immediate attention.
To the left of the air bag indicator is the low coolant level indicator. This indicator is only present on the Escapes equipped with the 3.0-liter engine and looks like a rectangular box with fluid. The low coolant level indicator comes on when the coolant level in the reservoir is low. The last gauge on the left side of the instrument cluster is the cruise control gauge. This indicator looks like a small speedometer and is only present if the Escape is equipped with cruise control (or “cruise control”). The cruise control indicator lights up when the cruise control system is in use.
Upper Center and Right Side Instrument Cluster – Meaning of Dash Lights
The light in the upper center position of the instrument cluster is the high beam indicator. The icon looks like a beam of light in profile. This indicator comes on when the Escape’s high beams are in use. The indicator on the far right and at the bottom of the instrument cluster is the overdrive indicator. Overdrive-equipped exhausts have this indicator on the instrument panel that illuminates when the overdrive is turned off. If this light blinks or does not come on when the transmission control switch is turned off, have the Escape repaired immediately.
The low fuel indicator is the next light above the overdrive indicator. The low fuel icon looks like a fuel pump. This indicator comes on when the gas tank is almost empty. The light turns off after fuel is added to the Escape’s gas tank. If your Escape is equipped with four wheel drive, the next indicator is the “4X4” indicator. This indicator comes on when the four wheel drive system is engaged. A flashing 4X4 indicator warns of a four wheel drive system malfunction requiring service.
Indicator lights on and near the tachometer: meaning of dash indicators
If your Escape is equipped with antilock brakes, the ABS warning indicator is located at the bottom of the instrument cluster, to the left of the tachometer. The ABS indicator will come on during start-up and then turn off once the Escape is running. If the indicator light comes on or flashes while the vehicle is running, the antilock brake system requires service. The door ajar indicator is located in the top row and to the left of the indicators within the face of the …