Your Honda is equipped with a variety of systems and sensors to ensure it runs at its peak. Among them is a Battery Management System, which is available on select Honda vehicles. As its name suggests, this system is designed to alert drivers when the battery requires charging to provide its best performance.
When you see the BATTERY CHARGE LOW or BATT LOW alert in your Honda, there’s no need to panic. In fact, if you catch it within a reasonable amount of time, the alert does not necessarily mean you’ll need a jump start before driving. Instead, it’s a warning that the battery needs to be charged soon or it may soon die and prevent your Honda from starting.
There are a few reasons you might see the Battery Charge Low alert on your Honda, the first of which may not be all that uncommon here in Edmonton — cold weather. Extreme cold is not easy on your battery. When temperatures plummet below freezing, it takes more energy to start any vehicle. Additionally, the cold prevents the battery from operating to its full potential.
Another common reason for seeing the Battery Charge Low alert involves keeping your Honda running without the ignition on. While that does not consume an abundance of energy on its own, using the radio, heat, lights or other systems will quickly drain the battery. If you happen to be sitting in your car and the alert goes on, start the ignition and keep it running for a while so the alternator goes to work.
If you see the low battery light in your Honda and the above factors aren’t in play, think about the last time you drove your car. Did you move it a short distance and shut it off immediately? Starting your Honda uses a lot of the battery’s energy, and when you take short trips without any long ones in between, the car does not have time to recharge the battery to the point it was before you started the car.
If you are having constant issues with your battery, it may be time for a replacement. Stop by the lot and we’ll test your battery and help you find a new one for your vehicle if necessary.