What’s That Dash Light?

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What’s That Dash Light?

You’re driving down the road and all of a sudden a dash light illuminates showing an icon of a battery or the word “CHARGE.”

+ What does it mean?

The battery has an insufficient charge to power the vehicle’s electrical systems and accessories.

+ What action should be taken?

Immediately find a safe place to pull over. The battery charge will be depleted shortly and the vehicle will shut down.

+ So, the battery is bad?

Not necessarily. The problem is likely due to a bad alternator, which failed in its duty to charge the battery while the engine was running.

+ Will a jump-start help?

Not really. It will help for a few minutes, but because the alternator isn’t charging the battery while the engine is running, the charge will be depleted again very quickly.

+ What’s the fix?

Have the alternator inspected and likely replaced. Depending on where the alternator failed, it may require towing.

….article courtesy of AC Delco