Q: What does it mean if the Battery Light/Charge warning Light comes on?

asked by on

What does it mean if the Battery Light/Charge warning Light comes on?

A: The Charge Warning Light, or Battery Light ...

The Charge Warning Light, or Battery Light if you prefer, should turn on and then go off after a few seconds when you first start the engine. If it doesn’t go off or if it comes on while you’re driving, it can indicate a problem with your car’s charging system. Here are the steps to take:

  1. Pull over somewhere safe.

  2. Turn off the car.

  3. Open the hood.

  4. Check the alternator belt. It could be broken, or worn so much that it’s slipping on the pulley.

  5. If the belt is OK, it may mean that the alternator is not charging the battery. Driving in this situation is not advisable. Have the alternator tested and replaced if necessary.

  6. It’s also possible that the problem is the battery. Have the battery tested as well and replaced if necessary.

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: How do I use the Lockout menu?

The satellite radio comes with a Lockout Menu that allows you to protect certain stations. You can use this menu to lock stations with a pin number. To use the Lockout Menu. When listening to the satellite radio, press...

Q: What does the Service Airbag message mean?

The Service Airbag message can appear on the driver information center (DIC). The DIC displays this alert when there is an issue with the airbag system. You should have the airbag system fixed as soon as possible.

Q: My low oil light comes on but, when I start the car the second time, it goes out and the dipstick reads full

Hi. The most likely cause of this problem is the oil level sensor has an intermittent problem and is about to fail. There is electrical circuitry inside the oil level sensor that sends info to PCM. Sometimes this electrical circuitry...

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...
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.