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The Most Common Ford Transit Symbols

These are the most common dashboard symbols that you will see in your Ford Transit. Click on one to see more information or scroll further down to see the link to the owner's manual where you can find even more symbols.

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About the Transit

The Ford Transit really needs no introduction, everyone knows this vehicle, we see them every day working hard on the roads taking everything in their stride. That’s not to say Ford hasn’t changed it over the years, they have, and quite dramatically.

Technically it’s classified as a ‘light commercial vehicle.’ Originating in 1965 it was primarily built to try and please everyone, and in most ways it did. The variations were fairly different, cargo transporter, passenger carrier, cutaway van chassis and even a pick-up truck version.

Ford gave these slightly less imaginative names, T-150, T-250 & T-350. To date there have been 8 million sold, making it the 3rd best-selling van of all time, just being eclipsed by the VW Transporter (as you’d expect) and the Vauxhall Vivaro (which perhaps you wouldn’t).

The Ford transit was originally sold in Australia but its popularity saw it achieve global sales towards the end of the 20th century, finally replacing the Ford E Series in North America. There have been numerous facelifts here it’s now on its official 4th generation.

Described as the ‘backbone of Britain’ in the popular advertising campaign, it’s used by builders and Police alike. One of the main features that make this van popular is its engine configuration, the way it’s set up makes top speeds easily achievable. Its comfortability and handling are what gave it the edge over its competition in earlier decades.

Ford entered its Supervan Transit into Le Mans 24-hour race where it won 4 times on the track. On the darker side, this van is easily the most popular amongst thieves, to date the Transit has been used in 95% of bank raids! With this in mind, you wouldn’t be surprised to learn that it's also the most stolen van in the UK, for example, in 2015 6,000 transits were stolen.

Common Transit Warnings

The most common warnings for the Ford Transit (according to visitors of this website) mainly center around the brakes.

Warnings concerning the brakes are possibly the most important to pay attention to due to the effects on safety.

A generic "Brake" warning would suggest that there is a problem with the system and driving your Transit any further could possibly put the occupants in danger.

Turning your van off and then on again to reset the ECU should be your first port of call - if the problem persists seek a mechanic trained to work on Ford models immediately.

Sometimes alongside this generic warning is another warning with a more descriptive icon and words explaining the precise issue.

These issues are usually centered around:

  • Brake pad wear
  • Brake fluid problems such as the level being low
  • The ABS system has a fault and could potentially cause the brakes to fail or reduce their effectiveness

Seeking professional help in these situations is important and usually low-cost thanks to these parts requiring regular replacement.