What does the Battery Charge Low or the Battery Low
messages on my dash mean when they come on?
For vehicles equipped with the Battery Management System , this message
occurs when the battery’s State of Charge (SoC) , has dropped below a predetermined
level. The message is intended to inform you that the battery requires charging to guarantee
proper performance under all conditions (extremely cold conditions, high electrical
system demands, etc) .
What conditions make the Battery Low message appear?
Extended time spent with the ignition on , but the engine not running.
Driving short trips repeatedly without a longer trip between them . Running high-demand
electrical accessories, such as seat heaters, can make this situation even worse. Extremely
cold weather is also hard on the battery.
How does the Battery Management System Work?
The system constantly looks at the battery’s charge level and
determines the optimum charging rate for the current conditions in the vehicle. It provides
a first indicator of low battery charge; so the system m ay occasion ally display “ BATTERY
CHARGE LOW ” or “ BATT LOW ” on your dashboard when your battery falls below its optimum
level of charge. This helps to ensure that fuel economy and battery life is both maximized.
What should I do if the Low Battery message comes
on ? Does it mean that my battery needs replaced?
If you see the BATTERY CHARGE LOW or BATT LOW message, don ’t panic.
It simply means that the battery’s charge is lower than it should be. This can be
fixed by taking longer trips between shorter trips, minimizing unnecessary electrical accessor
y usage (such as power seats) during short trips, and spending less time using electrical
accessories while the engine
is not running.
For Help or Questions on Servicing your Acura Vehicle:
Call Gabe Leonard at 724-834-1160
Greensburg PA 15601