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Why is the battery light on my dashboard on? My battery is new.

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Why is the battery light on my dashboard on? My battery is new.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Chevy
Expert:  Neal replied 5 years ago.

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How new is the battery?

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
It's about 3 months old.
Expert:  Neal replied 5 years ago.

Even though it is pretty new it can still fail, to rule it out I would go to a parts store and get a free battery test. Also ask them to test the charging system while you are there.


If you got the battery from a parts store, go back to the same one as your battery will still be under warranty.


I have seen a lot of problems with new batteries lately so there is a fair chance that is all it is.

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

I read online, using google, that it can be a sign of a bad alternator or alt. belt. Is that a possibility in this vehicle?


I got the battery from Firestone; they also installed it.

Expert:  Neal replied 5 years ago.

Yes it could be the alternator which is why I reccomended checking the charging system. The belt will only be responsible if it is slipping a lot which is pretty unlikely.


Firestone will probably test it for you for free and may not charge for checking the charging system.

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Expert:  Neal replied 5 years ago.
You're welcome!!