If the battery light in your car comes on only when you start the car, that is just a normal system test. If the car battery light stays on after a few moments, then there is likely something that needs to be repaired. If you're having battery issues, you may notice that your headlights are getting dimmer, the infotainment system might not power on, and the power windows could be moving slower. If any of these are happening, you need to get home or bring it to us immediately because your car is in imminent risk of being inoperable. If neither destination can be reached, look for a safe place to park.
There are many reasons why the car battery light might come on, but the most common reasons are:
Your car works most efficiently when it has a charged battery. Any of the problems listed above will make it extremely difficult for your battery to get charged. If it's not repaired immediately, it can reduce the power of your car battery and leave you stranded.
Like nearly everything automotive-related, how long you can drive with the car battery light turned on really depends on your circumstances. If the light just turned on, then you can help mitigate the problem by turning off all non-vital systems such as the radio or air conditioning and disconnecting any devices that may be charging in USB slots. Doing this may help extend the remaining battery charge, but you should still try to get here or head back home. The critical thing to remember is to NOT turn off the engine because a dying battery won't have the power to start.
If there's a safe place to pull over, at least you can pop the hood and examine your car battery for a loose connection or rust on the battery. Other than those quick checks, the best way to get the battery light off is to bring it here. Our knowledgeable technicians have the specialized tools and skills to diagnose the issue. They'll test everything from looking at your alternator to your battery health and recommend the correct plan to fix your car.
Robbins Nissan is your ideal destination for all your auto service needs near Houston. 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.