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What does the red exclamation mark on my dashboard mean?

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Q: A light appeared on the dashboard of my 2012 Kia Sedona looking like a red enclosed exclamation point with a circle around it. I looked it up in the manual and there is no explanation. Nothing is leaking and the car runs great. What do you think it could be?

A: There are two indicators that look like the one you describe. One is for the tire pressure monitoring system indicating a tire is low on air. The second and more critical light is a warning of low fluid level for the brake system. Check out the website It educates motorists about all the warning lights on today’s cars.


John Paul is AAA Northeast’s Car Doctor. He has over 40 years experience in the automotive business and is an ASE certified master technician. He answers readers’ questions each Saturday. You can tune in to his radio program Saturday morning from 8:30-10 a.m. on 950AM WROL or Email your car question to [email protected] Follow John on Twitter @johnfpaul and friend him on Facebook mrjohnfpaul.