Why Is My Battery Light On?

Dashboard Light Meaning Your dashboard is equipped with a number of helpful indicator and warning lights. One of these lights lets you know if there’s a problem with your battery. If your battery light is on and you’re wondering what to do, you’re in the right place.

Drivers in D’Iberville, Gulfport, and Hattiesburg can learn more about the battery warning light in this guide put together by our team at Pat Peck Kia. Read ahead to get started!

Battery Problems You Could Be Experiencing

There are several things that can trigger the battery warning light on your dashboard. One of the most common problems that can occur with the battery is corrosion. Corrosion can prevent the positive and negative terminals of your battery from communicating with each other and the other parts they’re connected to. If the flow of energy between these terminals is interrupted, your battery won’t work.

Another common problem that can occur with the battery is short circuiting. Your battery can short-circuit for a number of reasons starting with separator failure. The battery can also short-circuit when shed plate material builds up below the positive and negative plates.

In addition to these two common battery problems, several other problems can occur that can trigger the battery warning light. If your electrolyte fluid is low or there is damage to the battery case, your battery won’t be able to work properly. If you don’t drive your vehicle for a long period of time or use it very infrequently, sulfation could be to blame for your battery not being able to function.

Other Common Battery Problem Symptoms

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When the battery in your car is experiencing a problem, sometimes the warning light turning on will be accompanied by other symptoms. Other times, you’ll have to rely on these symptoms alone to determine that there’s a problem under the hood.

Luckily, most battery problem symptoms are easy to spot. Some of the most common ones to keep an eye out for include…

  • A delayed start, or your vehicle won’t start at all
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  • The electronic features in your vehicle aren’t working correctly or turning on at all—like your entertainment systems, windshield wipers, headlights, and power-operated windows
  • No lights on your dashboard are coming on including simple indicator lights such as your turn signals
  • A rotten-egg smell coming from your vehicle that can be noticed inside your vehicle, outside, or both

If one or more of these things sound familiar, your battery is experiencing a problem and should be looked at by a professional at our service center!

Need Some Assistance with Your Battery?

If your battery light is on, and/or you believe that you’re experiencing a problem with your battery, we at Pat Peck Kia can help. Our service center is equipped and staffed to help with all kinds of problems including battery problems.

Drivers in the D’Iberville, Gulfport, and Hattiesburg areas can schedule a service appointment today by giving us a call at the dealership, or by visiting our service center page on our website!