Battery Light Still Comes On


Asked by Jan 08, 2016 at 11:03 PM about the 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Here's the the little problem that turned into a big
problem and more money coming out of my
pockets. I had 1 dim head light, I replaced the
bulbs and the lamp but it still showed dim, I had a
mechanic come too look at it, It was the wires he
said, He fixed the light by attaching the wires to my
battery, Car ran good for bout 3days now its
shutting off and now the battery light is on. I asked
him is them lights killing my battery he said no it
has to be the alternator, Bought a brand new
alternator battery light still on, Bought a brand new
battery light still on, Figured it was the headlights
so I untached the wires that was attched to my
battery, Battery light still and sometimes it doesn't
crank on the first try. Im so frustrated and
confused. Someone please help.

3 Answers


The headlight problem is going to be a bad ground connection for the bulb. You'll have to trace the wires from the bulb to where the ground wire bolts to something metal. Usually the fender or something else metal that's close to the headlight assembly. The battery light could be a blown fuse or the alternators were damaged by the incorrect hook up of the headlight. Have the alternator tested to see if you have a burned out dioed or other internal failure of the alternator. HTH. -Jim

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Thank you, I do believe my alternator was damaged by the incorrect hook up of my headlights which drained my battery also, That's why I replaced my alternator and battery today with brand new ones, Being that my battery light is still on could it be I need the headlights fixed correct? Or could it be something else

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If the alternator is ok, check the wiring at the alternator. Make sure everything is hooked up correctly. Especially if there's a small wire coming from the positive (+) battery cable that's supposed to be hooked up to a terminal on the alternator marked "BAT". If that's not hooked up that'll keep the battery indicator on the dash lit. HTH. -Jim

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