Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Engine/battery light on

asked by on

The engine and battery indicator light is on.

A: If the Engine and Battery Light have come o...

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 a bad alternator. The Engine Light will typically come on when there is a problem with the vehicle's emission system. Since this vehicle is pre-OBD-II, I would recommend having a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, look over the vehicle, to determine the right repairs for your Battery Light and Engine Light.

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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Stalls/Dies only in reverse - 1991 Dodge Dakota

Hey there, thanks for writing in. You'll need to check that the shifter linkage has not rubbed against any wires causing a short. If they are fine, your most likely culprit may be the neutral safety switch. To pinpoint the...

Q: Check engine light is on after replacing battery

Manually resetting the Check Engine Light on modern vehicles requires a diagnostic scan tool. Any automotive professional can do this for you. However, battery replacement should not have caused your Check Engine Light to come on. There may be an...

Q: 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...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.