Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: battery not charging light came on

asked by on

Started engine yesterday battery not charging light came on, gauge show it was out putting 6 to 9 volts. Check Battery terminals to make sure they were clean and getting good contact. Made sure belts were not off, etc. Came out next morning ready to remove the battery and alternator for testing. Started the truck and battery not charging light came on an then went off as out put climbed to normal 14 volts.

What is getting ready to go bad?

My car has 109000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

I would still recommend getting the alternator and battery tested. The most likely cause would be the alternator. The alternator can have an intermittent failure that causes it to charge and not charge randomly. If this turns out to be the case after testing, I would recommend having the alternator replaced. I would also be a good idea to have the battery fully charged while the alternator is being replaced to ensure that the vehicle starts easily. If you need help testing the vehicle, a certified professional from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to diagnose the battery light and proceed with the correct repair.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: I was driving and my car started to slow down, and my gas pedal wouldn't work, and all the signs came on and the car light was flickering

Hi, thanks for writing in. It sounds like your battery has crashed. When the system voltage drops below a certain point, the electronics go haywire. The alternator is supposed to maintain the battery voltage at around 14 volts, and I'm...

Q: Engine light and battery light is on.

Hi there. Check the alternator and see if its not charging properly. Charge up the battery and start the engine. Check for a voltage on the battery with the engine running and see if its between 13.5 and 14.7 volts....

Q: hello jerel can compressor work without receiver driers accumulators my compressor not working its brand new

If the drier was bypassed using a segment of pipe, and system was well evacuated, the system would probably still work to some extent but not as well as it could. On the other hand, if the drier was removed...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...