While a CHECK ENGINE light or a SERVICE ENGINE light does not necessarily signal the need for immediate action, the electrical fault light is another matter.
This warning light usually appears as a battery icon with positive (+) and negative (-) notations at each terminal. This light usually becomes illuminated as the engine is started as part of the engine’s self-test. Then, it disappears. However, if at any time the battery icon becomes illuminated and stays lit, it is an indication that the electrical charging system is no longer working properly.
We all know what happens when a battery fails to get recharged. To prevent getting stranded, it is important to head immediately to a service location.
TIP: A faulty alternator or loose belt is usually the culprit when a vehicle’s battery is not recharging.
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