Q: Car died after battery, brake, and Check Engine light came on.

asked by on

The battery light, Check Engine light, and brake light on the dash are on, and the vehicle died on me.

Hi there. When you get this combination of warning lights and symptoms it is typically the result of a battery that has failed. If the battery voltage gets low enough then the check engine light and the brake light can come on as they can no longer function without suitable power. The battery itself may have failed or if this occurred while driving it may be the alternator. You should enlist the help of a certified mechanic, like one from YourMechanic, and he/she can perform specified tests on the systems to located the cause of this problem.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Car died after battery, brake, and Check Engine light came on.

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: Car won't start, engine ticking

Hello. It sounds like the battery is weak and does not have enough power to start the car. Even though the lights come on in the dashboard, it does not mean that there are enough volts for the battery to...

Q: Black smoke and rich fuel the codes P0191 & P0452 and short trim bank 1 & 2. Both at -28.9

Hello. You have 2 separate problems here. The P0191 (fuel rail pressure sensor circuit problem) may just be a symptom - it is reporting suspect fuel pressure on the rail. The fuel pressure on the rail is controlled by the...

Q: Intermittent starting. No cranking over

Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. Check the connections between the battery and the starter. The battery cables could have corrosion inside the wire and making the engine not start. Also check the wires for any loose connections. If...

Related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
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...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.