2018 Jeep Compass Dashboard Symbol Guide

Have you ever been making your way through Jeannette and Delmont, maybe heading to Greensburg for a day at the Museum, when a dashboard light turns on? Did you know what to do? If you’re like most people, chances are you weren’t quite sure what the appropriate response was.

That’s why the team at Hillview Motors put together this 2018 Jeep Compass dashboard symbol guide, so that you’re well prepared the next time your car tries to tell you what it needs.

Jeep Compass Dashboard Lights

Keep in mind that most of these lights will illuminate when you start the ignition, and then turn off. If any of these lights stay lit while driving, follow the instructions presented here. We don’t have the space to cover all the lights, but these are some of the more common ones.

Battery Charge Warning Light: This red light looks like a battery and indicates that there could be a malfunction with the charging system or related component. Contact a certified Jeep technician as soon as possible for service.

Engine Coolant Temperature Warning Light: This light is red and looks like a thermometer being dipped in liquid. It will probably be accompanied by a single chime and means that the engine coolant temperature is too high. If you hear a continuous chime, the temperature has reached its upper limits. Pull over as soon as it’s safe, turn off the A/C system, and shift into “neutral.” If the temperature doesn’t return to normal in four minutes, contact a service technician.

Oil Pressure Warning Light: If you see the image of an oil can, you may have low engine oil pressure. Stop the vehicle and turn off the engine as soon as it’s safe and contact your local Jeep service center. Do not continue to drive until the issue is corrected.

Oil Temperature Warning Light:  The image of a thermometer being dipped in an oil can indicates that the engine oil temperature is high. Pull over, turn off the engine, and wait for temperatures to return to normal.

Transmission Fault Warning Light: An exclamation mark in the middle of a gear means that there’s an issue with the transmission. It will also be accompanied by a buzzer and a message on your instrument cluster display. Safely pull over and restart the engine. If the light remains, contact an authorized Jeep dealer.

Transmission Temperature Warning Light: If your Compass experiences regular strenuous situations, like frequent towing, you may encounter the image of a thermometer in a gear. This means the transmission fluid temperature may be high. Safely pull over, run the engine at idle while in “park” or “neutral” until the light turns off. Do not continue driving with this light present, as the fluid could boil over and cause a dangerous situation.

Engine Check/Malfunction Indicator Warning Light (MIL): The MIL is the most famous light, but what does it mean? Well, if you see this yellow image of an engine, there could be several issues. If it stays lit through several typical driving cycles, make an appointment with your local Jeep service center for a professional diagnosis.

If the light is blinking, there could be a serious condition present that may lead to immediate loss of power or catalytic converter damage. Pull over as soon as possible and call your local Jeep technician for assistance.

Learn more about Jeep Compass Dashboard Symbols

If you see a light that we didn’t get to cover in our 2018 Jeep Compass dashboard symbol guide, or even one that we did, contact the team of skilled technicians at Hillview Motors. We’ll happily get you an appointment and help you diagnose and repair the issue, so you can get back out on the Delmont, Jeannette, and Greensburg roads.

Contact our service center today!