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What Does the Alternator Warning Light (Battery Warning Light) Mean?
The alternator warning light means there is an issue with powering the battery. This could be due to the alternator becoming worn out.
Is it Safe to Drive With the Battery Light On?
The battery of the vehicle supplies electric energy to your car. It powers the lights, ignition system, the radio, headlights, and much more....
How to React If Your Battery Light is On
The battery light or charging warning light, available on the dashboard of your car, indicates malfunctioning or poor charging of the battery. This...
How Long Should a Car Battery Last?
Eventually your car battery will become worn out and need to be replaced. Most car batteries should last about six years if well taken care of.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Alternator
Common signs include having to jump start the car frequently, dim lights when operating the vehicle, or the Battery Light coming on.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Alternator Belt
A failing alternator belt can cause the Battery Light to turn on, dimming or flickering lights in the car, and engine stalls.
How Long Does an Alternator Belt Last?
Your Your car’s alternator is what delivers energy to your vehicle’s battery. It works by means of converting mechanical energy to electrical energy, taking power from the engine’s crankshaft and delivering it to the battery where it is stored. The...

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why is battery and brake light on?
Hello, thank you for writing in. The battery light and brake light often illuminate together when your alternator has failed. You can verify this easily by scanning for diagnostic codes. These are codes that pertain to the warning lights, and...
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Possible dead battery
Hello. The battery light turning on when the engine is running indicates that system voltage is low. Everything required to run the engine, and everything in the car, will drain the battery. Most likely, it is the alternator, but the...
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my battery light stays on
You need to check to make sure the large power wire to the alternator is getting power. If it is not then you may have to check the wire from alternator to the battery fuse box for burned out wires...
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Loud humming noise
The bearing or brushes in your alternator are likely going out. You could also have another issue in your belt drive system causing the noise and lack of charging. A visual inspection of the drive system, a stethoscope to listen...
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Engine/battery light on
If the Engine and Battery Light have come on, then you probably have two separate problems. The Battery Light may indicate that the system's voltage may have dropped too low, which may be indicative of even more problems, such as...
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Electrical problems?
Hello, thanks for writing in about your Jeep Patriot. The low voltage condition from the alternator not charging will cause the Totally Integrated Control Module (TIPM) to not work correctly. You should have the battery charged up completely and then...
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Do I need a new alternator?
I would recommend having your alternator tested for proper function with a digital multimeter by a qualified technician. This test will determine if the alternator is charging the battery at the proper levels. If the alternator is not charging the...
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Car keeps dying
Hello. We will be happy to assist you. To find the cause of your drain a parasitic draw test must be performed. A parasitic draw test is performed by disconnecting the negative terminal of the battery and hooking a multimeter...
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Battery light staying on
Hi. This could mean there is a short somewhere connected to your alternator. A mechanic can trace this issue along with any other issues along the way in order to diagnose the cause of your battery light.
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Battery light staying on
If the battery light is still on, the chances are your battery might not have needed replacement. The battery light is simply an indicator for the whole charging system. A bad battery, bad connection, bad alternator, bad regulator, etc. are...
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Battery light on
This may be a sign of a weak battery, a failing voltage regulator or failing alternator. As you may know, the alternator is responsible for charging the battery while the engine runs by generating amperage and recharging the battery while...
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Battery Light on
Hello! The Battery Light indicates that there is a failure in the charging system. This should be diagnosed and repaired sooner than later, as a failing charging system can leave you stranded. The charging system needs to be tested to...
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Battery light on
Hello. If you continue to have a low voltage issue with the new alternator then there may be a circuit issue. Most of the time, if the alternator is good, it is the battery cables or there is an issue...
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Battery light is on
Hi, this comes up often. Your car battery light being on is an indication that your engine is not getting enough energy. This could be because of a malfunctioning alternator or a battery going bad. I suggest having a certified...
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Battery light coming on
When the battery light comes on this indicates that the vehicle isn't receiving sufficient enough power from the alternator. A starting charge system test should be performed to ensure the proper battery voltage, check the proper starter operation, and make...
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Battery Light comes on and off
Hi there. Sounds like you may have to step up the alternator amperage output, to compensate for the new and improved stereo system. The factory alternator output may not be enough to handle the additional load. It could be, a...
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Battery light
Hello, thank you for writing in. The charging system is controlled by the PCM (powertrain control module). The module receives input information to keep the electrical system operating, if the voltage goes below 9.0 volts the light will come on...
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Battery Light
There is probably a fault in the charging circuit and or the connections. The charging system output should be tested and if you are noticing this problem (the warning light) intermittently but it is nevertheless quite repetitive, it's possible to...
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Battery light
Hello. This may be caused by a faulty ground connection or potentially a bad voltage regulator. Try checking to be sure you have a good connection from the battery to the car's chassis (black negative battery cable from the battery...
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Battery draining
These sound like the symptoms of an alternator failure. The alternator can cause all sorts of weird electrical symptoms if it has gone bad. While the battery is responsible for starting the vehicle, the alternator's job is to charge the...

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