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What to do about the BATT LOW message

What to do about the BATT LOW message

How to turn off Battery Charge Low alert in Honda Vehicles

One of the most frequently asked questions we get from owners after they leave our lot with a new Honda vehicle has to do with the BATT LOW alert that might pop up on their instrument cluster. First things first, we want to make sure you know not to panic when you see it, as it is by no means a matter of life and death. But we thought we’d tell you about how to turn off the Battery Charge Low alert in Honda vehicles, so that you don’t have to worry about it the next time it pops on.

[ READ MORE: What does the Battery Charge Low alert mean in a Honda? ]

What is the BATT LOW message?

2017 Honda Accord Sedan Dashboard Instrument Cluster_oWe covered this topic over a year and a half ago, but we still get similar questions so we thought we’d tackle it again. The BATT LOW or BATTERY CHARGE LOW message will pop on your instrument cluster if your vehicle is equipped with the Battery Management System. The BMS has a predetermined level for the battery’s State of Charge, and if the charge falls below that level the message will automatically be sent to alert you.

Your State of Charge will start dropping if you spend a decent chunk of time with the ignition turned on without the engine on, and it will only be exacerbated if features like the radio, lights, heater, air conditioning or others are left on as well. If you take a lot of short trips without any large trips between them, the battery level can begin to drop as the vehicle’s starter takes a lot of energy. And finally, if the car gets far too cold, the battery also loses charge, which you might run into during those harsh Edmonton winters.

So while that might sound dangerous, it doesn’t necessarily mean your car won’t start at all. The charge drops, the message is sent – but that’s just warning you that if similar actions are continued, or in extreme situations, the battery might not be able to start the car again. All you have to do to get the level back up to normal, and subsequently turn off the Battery Charge Low alert, is to take some longer trips between shorter trips, reduce the amount of electrical usage from things like lights and heaters and the radio, and of course less time with the ignition turned on but the engine off.

If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call, we’d love to help you figure things out.

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