March 5, 2018
Have you ever been driving and your car notifies you that the battery is not charging? What does this warning light actually mean? Let’s look at what the battery light signals as well as some of the problems that can be associated with the light coming on.
What Does it Mean?
When the battery light comes on in your car it simply means the battery isn’t charging as it should be. This little light in the shape of a battery will come on for a few second when starting the car, but if it remains on, or comes on while you are driving the car, there is a problem. There are several causes of the light coming on, but all mean the same thing, the battery is not charging. If your light comes on while driving make sure to get to a mechanic as quickly as possible.
But what can cause a battery to stop charging? One of the most common reasons the battery light comes on and the car battery stops charging is because of corrosion. Whether the corrosion is on the battery cables or cable terminals, it is still a problem that needs to be addressed.
Another common culprit for the battery not charging is a problem with the alternator. The alternator powers the battery, and if it is not functioning properly the battery will not be either. This can be a problem with the actual alternator or the belt that drives it.
What to Do?
So what do you do if the light does come on while you are driving? First, you’ll want to locate a mechanic or service center to drive to as soon as possible. To help ensure your car can make it there, turn off all accessories that draw power from the battery. This includes the air conditioning and the stereo. Do not turn off your car or stop driving if you can help it, as the battery likely won’t have enough juice to start the car back up again.
If you are driving and your battery not charging light comes on don’t panic! There are several things that could cause this issue but your best course of action is to turn off systems drawing extra power, and head straight to a service center. At Hillmuth Auto Care our mission is to get you back on the road as quickly as possible. If you run into an issue while on the road, stop into our Maryland battery shop for assistance!