what does the red battery light mean when it is on?

Asked by Jun 28, 2017 at 01:38 PM about the 2006 Chevrolet HHR LT

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

my hhr was used to jump another car and he sparked the cables twice as he
had them hooked up to his car incorrect. now my battery red light went on but
it still starts up

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When the Battery light comes on, some models will also set the BRAKE and/or other warning lights as well. This is by design. It’s just how the system is set-up to work. So if you have a Battery light on with other warning lights, concentrate on the Battery light first, as most times, resolving this will reset the others. When these dash lights are lit, this is a common sign of a fault in the Charging System. First- make sure to check your battery terminal connectors. Make sure they are tight, there is a solid connection from the cable to the connector end and that they are free of any corrosion. If there is corrosion build-up, some baking soda and water with a toothbrush make a good cleaning combination! If the cables and terminals check out ok, then there is a quick easy test for the charging system, with the use of a voltage meter. With the engine running, take a voltage reading at the battery terminals. If the voltage is not between 13.2-14.4v, or fluctuates in and out of this area, the Alternator will need to be replaced. If the Alternator passes this test, turn the engine off and wait 15min. Take another reading at the battery terminals, this time with the engine off. If the voltage is anything less than 12v, the battery may have a “bad cell” and is not accepting the alternator’s charge. If you do not have access to a voltage meter, most local “big chain” parts stores, like AutoZone or Advance Auto, will run these tests for Free right in their parking lot

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Failing Electrical Systems... .red light means your battery system is low 2006-7 Chevrolet HHR This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Chevrolet dealer

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this is a video on correctly jumping...using your HHR vehicle Send your friend the video https://www.carcarekiosk.com/video/2006_Chevrolet_HHR_LS_2.2L_4_Cyl./battery/jump_start

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