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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 12.6 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

24 years of experience
339 reviews
TJ
24 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.

Daniel

13 years of experience
37 reviews
Daniel
13 years of experience
Cadillac Eldorado - Battery Light is on Inspection - Addison, Texas
Daniel has been very informative and honest.the previous mechanic was wrong in his diagnosis and missed some things as well.
Toyota Camry - Battery Light is on - Bedford, Texas
Polite, respectful, and honest. Was a little late arriving but he called prior to appointment to let me know ahead of time that he was going to be late. Definitely would recommend for future car repair/inspections.

Cameron

12 years of experience
92 reviews
Cameron
12 years of experience
Ford Focus - Battery Light is on - Spanaway, Washington
As someone who knows nothing about cars and as someone who has been taken advantage of by mechanics for my money - Cameron was so helpful with diagnosing my car, explaining the issue, and with giving me his advice on if it was worth it to fix or not. Very genuine and kind. Definitely would recommend him and YourMechanics to a friend!
Honda Civic - Battery Light is on - Tacoma, Washington
Great job, was able to identify what needed to be fixed give a pre-estimate of how much it would cost.

Andrew

9 years of experience
236 reviews
Andrew
9 years of experience
BMW X3 - Battery Light is on - Jessup, Maryland
Andrew was amazing! Very knowledgeable, showed up early and was extremely professional! I hope to have Andrew fix my vehicle in the very near future!! Thanks Andrew!

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