Come to Beck & Masten Buick GMC Coastal Bend to learn what it means when your Buick GMC battery light symbol is on.
If the battery indicator in your vehicle comes on just when you start your car, that is just a normal system test. If it stays on after a few moments, then there is probably a problem. If you have battery problems, you may notice that your headlights aren’t as bright, the stereo may not turn on, and the power windows might be moving slower. If any of these things are happening, you need to get to your destination or bring it here to us immediately because your vehicle is in imminent risk of being inoperable. If neither destination is available, find a safe place to park.
The car battery light might come on for many reasons, but generally, the reasons are:
A vehicle works most efficiently when it has a charged battery. Any one of these problems will make it difficult for your car battery to get a charge. If it’s not fixed immediately, it will probably drain all of the power from your battery and maybe even leave you stranded.
Like nearly everything automotive-related, how far you can continue to drive with the car battery light on truly depends on a lot of factors. If the car battery light just turned on, then you can help mitigate the problem by switching off all accessories such as the infotainment system or heater and disconnecting any cellphones that may be connected to USB slots. This will help extend the remaining battery charge, but you should get here or head back home. Keep in mind that you should NOT shut off the engine because a dying battery won’t have the power to start your vehicle.
If there is a safe place to pull over, at least you can open the hood and check your battery for a loose cable or oxidation on the battery terminals. Besides those quick checks, the best way to get the battery light off is to bring it here. Our skilled technicians have the skills and specialized tools to determine the issue. They’ll analyze everything from the health of your battery to looking at your alternator and then recommend the right course of action to fix your car.
Beck & Masten Buick GMC Coastal Bend is your ideal destination for all your auto service needs near Corpus Christi. Our friendly staff is ready to get you and your vehicle back on the road safely, no matter its make or model. Schedule your next auto service with us in person or online.