Is it Safe to Drive With the Battery Light On?

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The battery of the vehicle supplies electric energy to your car. It powers the lights, ignition system, the radio, headlights, and much more. It is essential to the vehicle operating properly. All vehicles have a built-in recharging system, so the battery recharges itself.

Whenever the Battery Light is on it is a sign that there is an issue within the system. The battery sign is never a sign of a healthy battery, so the issue needs to be diagnosed.

Here are some of the common reasons why the Battery Light comes on:

  • The battery is faulty: This can be because the battery cannot receive a charge due to a bad cell. The voltage in the battery will drop, which causes the Battery Light to come on. If this happens, it could be time to contact a mechanic for a battery replacement.

  • There is a problem with the alternator: The alternator is used to charge the battery and help power the electrical system while the engine is working. The perfect charge for the alternator is between 13.6 and 14.6 volts. If your alternator is receiving 12 or less volts, the Battery Light may come on and your vehicle may lose power. If the alternator is faulty, necessary parts of your vehicle may not work correctly, such as the ignition system or headlights. If this is the case, it may be time to have your alternator replaced.

  • There may be excessive resistance or bad wiring: The wire can become broken or the flow of electricity can be interrupted, which causes the Battery Light to come on. Furthermore, if buildup on the battery terminals gets too bad, the light will come on as well. Putting an anti-corrosive coat or cleaning the terminals can clean the buildup off the terminals. If you clean the terminals and your Battery Light is still on, it may be time for a battery terminal end replacement.

Driving with your Battery Light on is not a good idea. If the battery is bad, the alternator is faulty, or the wiring is bad, these can cause the vehicle to lose power and not operate like it normally would. The battery powers essential parts of your car, so it is a must have piece of equipment. If you are still unsure why you're Battery Light is on, have a Battery Light inspection by a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic.


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TJ

25 years of experience
362 reviews
TJ
25 years of experience
Volkswagen Routan - Battery Light is on - Rotonda West, Florida
TJ text to say he was on his way and arrived slightly before the appointment time, he is very knowledgeable and professional and provided an excellent service. I would have no hesitation in recommending TJ to friends and family
Chrysler 300M - Battery Light is on - Bokeelia, Florida
Professional and very friendly. Know exactly what is wrong with my car. I book him to come again on Thursday and fixed my car. I will reccommend him.

Justin

7 years of experience
328 reviews
Justin
7 years of experience
Hyundai Elantra - Battery Light is on - Boca Raton, Florida
Justin was great ! He arrived on time and was extremely professional and knowledgeable . I would recommend your mechanic to everyone !!

Mario

8 years of experience
28 reviews
Mario
8 years of experience
Volkswagen Jetta - Battery Light is on - Los Angeles, California
Very friendly and professional. Will be requesting him again for future services. I would highly recommend him.

Jason

14 years of experience
42 reviews
Jason
14 years of experience
Kia Sedona - Battery Light is on - New Hyde Park, New York
I could not have asked for a more positive experience. Jayson called before arriving, arrived on time and did a great job in the freezing cold and did it with a smile. I would definitely use Jayson again and recommend Your Mechanic

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