Mazda

Mazda repair questions? Ask mechanics for answers ASAP

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

This answer was rated:

The battery light has only come on when I'm driving on the…

The battery light has...

The battery light has only come on when I'm driving on the interstate (once I reach 75mph - 2600rpm) or if I rev the engine to around 3,500rpm while driving on a surface road. Like when you floor it to get up to speed when pulling out in traffic.This morning, while driving on the interstate, the battery light came on along with the ABS, skidding/traction control and power steering lights came on. I then lost the power steering and the headlights dimmed. I pulled off the next exit and by the time I got the car stopped for the traffic light at the bottom of the exit ramp, all those lights had gone off, the headlight brightness was back and the engine had plenty of power. I drove on for a few miles, around 45-50mph and experienced no issues. I even stopped and started the car two more times and the car started right up, no hesitation and plenty of power.
Until that issue this morning, I hadn't noticed any dimming of the lights and the engine/starter had no issues when I would start the car in the morning to leave for work. I went to my closest Mazda Dealership last week and they test the battery and charging system and said both passed, no issues, no codes.

Mechanic's Assistant: Is the power loss consistent, or does it fluctuate?

The only power loss happened this morning when the power steering light came on. Once I stopped the car, the warning lights went off and the car seemed normal. In fact, it seemed to have more power than before. Every time I've started the car, it starts without hesitation.

Mechanic's Assistant: What is the model/year of your Mazda?

2012 Mazda 3, 2.5L. 91k miles, new battery put in back around February/March of this year.

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Mazda2 yourself? What have you tried so far?

Mazda 3.... the only thing I've done is check the battery cables (to see if they were frayed or were loose on the posts). As I mentioned, the only other thing I've done is the system check at the dealership last week.

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

I don't think so

Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Mazda Question
Answered in 9 minutes by:
12/12/2017
peterpete190
peterpete190, Auto Technician
Category: Mazda
Satisfied Customers: 32,939
Experience: Auto repair Technician with 17 years experience.Past ASE and other certifications.
Verified

Hi, my name is ***** ***** I will be happy to assist with this today.In some cases, I may need more info to assist better.I apologize for any delay.

Since you had warning lights and the lights themselves did dim this does sound like an intermittent low voltage issue.This will cause warning lights to come on from other computers in the vehicle turning on these lights due to low voltage.I have seen this several times before.This sounds to be intermittent so it is a fault with either the alternator intermittently not charging properly ( very possible and when it was tested it may have been working properly so it passed the test at that time) or an issue with a loose cable leading from the battery to the starter, alternator or fuse panels or a loose ground from the battery to the engine block or body.It is usually one of these that will cause this fault.

I would trace and check all cables for any issues including fuse panel power cable input feeds.If all cables and connections appear to be o.k. with no loose or corroded connections as well as no bulging cables or damaged cables then the alternator will need to be tested when it is acting up.If you can pull into a local parts store when it is acting up and have them test the alternator quickly ( they will do this free of charge) this will tell you for sure if it is acting up intermittently needing replaced.

If more help is needed, use the reply tab to continue our conversation. If no further assistance is needed, kindly rate my service,your 5 star rating is appreciated ( should be a link to click on here or above).You can rate at any time and we can continue to work on your question as this will not close out your question.Keep in mind in some cases it can be difficult to fully diagnose or help repair your vehicle without seeing it and I work on delivering the best possible answer from what I see to work with.

Thanks Pete

peterpete190
peterpete190, Auto Technician
Category: Mazda
Satisfied Customers: 32,939
Experience: Auto repair Technician with 17 years experience.Past ASE and other certifications.
Verified
peterpete190 and 87 other Mazda Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Thanks for the quick response. I've got another appointment scheduled at my local Mazda Dealership this afternoon.

Your welcome

If you do need anything else on this let me know.

Thanks Pete

Ask Your Own Mazda Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a mazda mechanicLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask peterpete190 Your Own Question
peterpete190
peterpete190
peterpete190, Auto Technician
Category: Mazda
Satisfied Customers: 32,939
32,939 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Auto repair Technician with 17 years experience.Past ASE and other certifications.

peterpete190 is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I would (and have) recommend your site to others I was quite satisfied with the quality of the information received, the professional with whom I interacted, and the quick response time. Thanks, and be sure that I'll be back whenever I need a question answered in a hurry.

Stephanie PElm City, NC

used your service this weekend with "Trecers" help. thank you ,thank you, thank you. replaced an A/C fan motor. Local Auto Zone had part. $15.00 "tracer" fee and $40.00 for parts, I saved several hundreds of dollers at a shop. i will recommend you and use you in the future.

David L.Richmond, TX

9 dollars, 2 hours of my time, and I drove away. Your diagnosis was right on the mark. Thank you so much.

PhilMarysville, CA

Lurch. Thank you very much. I had real doubts about this website but your promptness of response, quick followup and to the point answer with picture was incredible.

CharlesWalnut Creek, CA

As a single woman, I really appreciate an excellent and affordable opinion.
Thank you Geordie, I will not hesitate to contact justanswer in the future!

SueCharleston, WV

Another great insight to what may be the problem. I will have my mechanic take a look at it tomorrow. Thanks again, Frank...you do indeed know your stuff.

JimCastleberry, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Drew

Drew

Super Mazda Tech.

2,188 satisfied customers

19 yrs. experience. Mazda Senior Certified Tech, with Ford, Linc. & Merc. experience. ASE L1 Advanced Certified Master Tech.

Chris (aka- Moose)

Chris (aka- Moose)

Technician

919 satisfied customers

16 years of experience

mazdamaster577

mazdamaster577

Master Technician

691 satisfied customers

mazda master/shop foreman for 15 years.

George H.

George H.

ASE Certified Technician

458 satisfied customers

15+Years

Ron Z.

Ron Z.

- Mazda Tech -

418 satisfied customers

18+yrs experience. State Inspector and Mazda Diagnostics

Mike Kelly

Mike Kelly

Mazda Mechanic

273 satisfied customers

17 years experience as an auto mechanic, foreign and domestic. 5 years running my own repair business.

Mazda Ed

Mazda Ed

ASE Certified Technician

264 satisfied customers

ASE Certified Mazda Master Technician

< Previous | Next >

Related Mazda Questions
I have a 2010 Mazda 3 with non-Bose radio and the radio
I have a 2010 Mazda 3 with non-Bose radio and the radio illumination is not working correctly (very dim blue center light and very dim orange button lights when not working). I was told by two dealers… read more
peterpete190
peterpete190
Auto Technician
32,939 satisfied customers
2004 mazda 3. Whenever gh beam lights are turned on,
2004 mazda 3. Whenever high beam lights are turned on, directionals, interior lights, rear window defrost stop working. Have to shut off car and restart with lowbeams in order for directionals to work… read more
cloe0626
cloe0626
800 satisfied customers
Mazda 6: Just purchased a 2004 Mazda 6 the problem is intermittent
Just purchased a 2004 Mazda 6 the problem is intermittent 1st car will not take a charge battery new alternator tested good only starts on jump from other vehicle tried to turn key off engine kept run… read more
sprinkles08
sprinkles08
Technician
High School or GED
11 satisfied customers
Mazda 3: 2004 manual Mazda 3. Speedometer drops to zero and
2004 manual Mazda 3. Speedometer drops to zero and then power steering warning light comes on. Occasionally actually loose the power steering. Shut car off and restart and it's OK again for a while. W… read more
Kavey
Kavey
86 satisfied customers
Mazda 3 hatchback: I have a 2006 Mazda 3 hatchback with 75,000
I have a 2006 Mazda 3 hatchback with 75,000 miles. When I leave for work in the mornings I start the car (works fine) however the battery light comes on and stays on for about 10-15 minutes. I have a … read more
Kavey
Kavey
86 satisfied customers
Mazda Protege: While driving a 1998 mazda protégé, the radio
While driving a 1998 mazda protégé, the radio when out, the head lights went dim, and the air bag light began to flash. Car started losing power and gradually died. Next morning, started right up and … read more
Drew
Drew
Super Mazda Tech.
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
2,188 satisfied customers
Mazda MPV: My 2005 Mazda MPV ES only has bright lights. I
My 2005 Mazda MPV ES only has bright lights. I drove the van with the lights switching between dim and bright without issue. However, upon restart I only have bright lights. The bright beam indicator … read more
Kavey
Kavey
86 satisfied customers
Mazda Protege LX: I have a 2003 Mazda Protege and it will not
I have a 2003 Mazda Protege and it will not start. The battery was tested and showed it was good but the battery negative post will lift up away from the battery about a half inch. I don't have any he… read more
Mike Kelly
Mike Kelly
Mazda Mechanic
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
273 satisfied customers
2002 Mazda Protege LX: driving my..I lost power..headlights..terminal
About 2 weeks ago while driving my 2002 Mazda Protege LX at night , I lost power to everything (battery connections were clean & tight and battery appeared to have normal charge) - tow truck driver sa… read more
HondaPlatinum
HondaPlatinum
High School or GED
148 satisfied customers
Mazda Tribute: driving home..ac..car restarted..power steering pump
I have just bought 30 days ago a Mazda Tribute 2001, and was driving home with AC on and the car suddenly stop getting gas, and then the oil light came on. I pulled over turned car off checked oil, an… read more
Drew
Drew
Super Mazda Tech.
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
2,188 satisfied customers
Mazda 3: have 2005 mazda 3 2.0 liter, manual transmission,
have 2005 mazda 3 2.0 liter, manual transmission, speedo stopped working, power steering light came on and engine light as well. Figured since speedo and power steering pump are on same circuit that m… read more
mazdamaster577
mazdamaster577
Master Technician
691 satisfied customers
2004 Mazda 6: Sport..Wagon..the car hesitates when accelerating..stall
Hello All- I have a 2004 Mazda 6 Sport Wagon with 91K on it. Over the past couple of days, since it's been colder outside [40-50], the car hesitates when accelerating in the first 5 minutes or so of o… read more
HondaPlatinum
HondaPlatinum
High School or GED
148 satisfied customers
2005 mazda: there was plenty of juice but the engine was not engaging
Yesterday I changed the battery on my 2005 mazda 3. This morning there was plenty of juice but the engine was not engaging. Thoughts on what could have been affected? Could the computer not have liked… read more
HondaPlatinum
HondaPlatinum
High School or GED
148 satisfied customers
1996 Mazda miata: crank..running fine 10 minutes..gear shift..Park
My 1996 Mazda miata will not crank. Was running fine 10 minutes ago, stopped to get gas and now will not crank. Have had similar problems in the past with the gear shift not being all the way in Park … read more
HondaPlatinum
HondaPlatinum
High School or GED
148 satisfied customers
2008 Mazda 3: intermittently..abs light..power steering..all went dead
My 2008 Mazda 3 is having some electrical issues. The battery light came on a while back intermittently and then the ABS light, swirvy car picture light and power steering light then all went dead. We… read more
HondaPlatinum
HondaPlatinum
High School or GED
148 satisfied customers
2001 Mazda: mpg..van..the wipers came on and the high beams came
I have 2001 Mazda mpg van 2.5l and fully loaded. We were driving home and the wipers came on and the high beams came on for no reason and then shortly later the car died. No power whatsoever. The lock… read more
HondaPlatinum
HondaPlatinum
High School or GED
148 satisfied customers
94 Mazda Tribute: battery light..randomly..the headlights are..dim
I have a 94 Mazda Tribute. The battery light on the dash will start blinking on and off randomly, if the headlights are on they dim everytime the light flashes. It has a new battery and the alt. is ok… read more
Mike
Mike
Proprieter / Diagnostic Technician
High School or GED
2000 mazda 626: my way home..I noticed my gas was at ~1/8th of a tank
I've got a 2000 mazda 626 that I just purchased. Everything was fine for the past two days. When I purchased the car I was informed that it had been sitting around with gas in it for quite some time a… read more
kalamykid
kalamykid
Pactor automotive
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
97 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x