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Car Battery Light Guide

Why is My Dashboard Battery Light Appearing?

Today’s vehicles have the necessary systems in place to detect an issue or mechanical failure, so the driver can be notified to take the necessary precautions to prevent further damage. You’ve certainly seen a few dashboard lights appear while you’re out on the road, but one of the most important lights that should grab your attention is your vehicle’s battery light. If this light appears, there are a few things that you’ll need to do in order to keep your vehicle running.

Why Did My Battery Light Come On?

If you see this light appear while you’re out on the road, it’s letting you know that there’s a problem with your vehicle’s charging system. It’s pretty much telling you that your car isn’t getting the power it needs from the battery. There are plenty of ways that this problem can occur, whether it’s the battery’s connections, your alternator, charging cables, or even the battery itself. Now that you know there’s a problem, you should begin seeking out the cause.

What’s Going On with My Charging System and Battery?

There are a few possible issues that could be affecting your battery and causing your battery light to come on in your dashboard. The most common cause is that your battery has died. Over time, batteries drain their power, and at one point, will stop working. While we’re all familiar that batteries can drain, die, and eventually will need to be replaced, car batteries can be costly. Typically, batteries last about three to five years, depending on the type of battery and how often you drive your car. Another issue that could be facing your charging system is the actual charging cables, especially if they’re damaged, worn, or disconnected. This can prevent the power from your battery getting to your vehicle’s engine. This can not only prevent your engine from getting the power to actually perform, but it will also reduce your battery’s ability to charge. If you’re stuck figuring out what’s wrong with your battery or charging system, you can always contact our technicians at Stateline Nissan to help. In just a few minutes, they’ll be able to determine what’s going on with your charging system, so they can work towards fixing it.

How Can I Tell That My Car Battery is Dying?

In order to tell if your car battery is dying, you’ll need to spot the signs. Luckily, there are a few indications that will let you know that your battery is on its way out and losing its power.

  • Your vehicle won’t even start.
  • It takes a couple times for your engine to turn on.
  • The audio levels in your car aren’t as loud as they normally are, even if you’re increasing the volume.
  • Your air/heating system isn’t working at full capacity.
  • Your interior lights don’t appear as bright.
  • Your digital clock and radio display are fading in brightness.

What to Do When the Battery Light Comes On

If you’ve noticed any of the signs listed above, or you see that your battery light has appeared on your dashboard, it may be time to start looking for a new car battery. If your car is currently running, you can always swing by our dealership for service. However, if your vehicle fails to start, you can still contact us, and we’ll work with you to get your vehicle back out on the road and functioning properly. Learn more about our car battery services, or schedule a service appointment using our free online scheduling assistant.