Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: What does "battery saver active" mean?

asked by on

Just got my alternator and new battery changed out on my 2014 Chevy Cruze. On my way home from work today my "battery saver active. Just changed my battery & alternator this week. Today on my way home my DIC presented "battery saver active with a voltage of 11.7. What does this mean?

My car has 35000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hello. Your message indicates that the elec...

Hello. Your message indicates that the electrical system voltage has fallen to 11.7 volts. This is rather low for a modern car with the engine running - normal voltage should be about 13.0 volts. Perhaps your new alternator has a bad voltage regulator which is preventing the alternator from charging at the expected rate. If warranty is still available on the alternator, I would return to the facility which installed the alternator. It is not charging at the expected rate. If they can’t find the problem, have a professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, inspect your alternator for you.

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: Won't stay running

Hello and thank you for your question. It seems to be the transmission that is causing the engine to stall out when you are putting the vehicle into drive. The transmission could have a converter clutch lock up issue causing...

Q: Driver side brake light won't work

If the bottom plug does not register any voltage to it, then the socket is bad. If after replacing the socket, this still does not work, then this is likely a result of bad brake light switch. If you would...

Q: How do I adjust the steering wheel?

Before driving your vehicle, you should adjust the steering wheel so it is at the proper distance and height for you. Doing so is simple: Locate the steering wheel lever, which is to the left of the steering wheel,...

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...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
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.