Battery saver mode

Asked by Jul 15, 2017 at 10:03 PM about the 2014 Dodge Journey SE

Question type: General

Why does the battery saver mode come on

3 Answers


The purpose of the "battery saver mode" is to prevent running down the battery by accidentally leaving on the lights or some accessory while the motor is not running. Things turn off automatically after about 10 minutes. That way you don't come back to a "dead car" after parking it with the lights left on. Incidentally, cars without this preventive feature will usually start after a few minutes after turning off all electrical loads and waiting for the battery to recover. I hope this helps.


Yes, this does help. I work on cars, and know that Dodge has a system on my 2012 Journey R/T that makes it impossible to kill the battery by leaving any of its lights on. My alternator (Dodge calls it a generator in Alldata ) just failed this morning, and while it did not fail completely, it would drop to 12.0 to 11.9 volts at idle, then up to 13.6 above 1800 RPM, all of these numbers being well below normal. But no red dash light, only the "Battery Saver Mode" message. And the battery was still good. And FYI Journey owners, if your vehicle has keyless entry, pay very close attention when shutting the engine off. If you stop, give the off button a quick push and exit the vehicle, you may have accidentally pushed the button twice, and left the ignition in the accessory on position. And that will NEVER turn off, resulting in a dead battery. Trust me, I've done it twice since 2013. Always look at the indicator lights around the Start/Acc/On button to be sure the ignition is OFF before you exit the vehicle.

DAN.... I have a question need some urgent advice please. I have to leave the Island soon where I live and need my 2012 Journey feeling reliable. My ligths started surging the other day and when I checked the message center it said battery saving mode or something like that. Have I got screwy module somewhere ? This is the first time I've ever owned a newer type vehicle so I'm stumped.

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