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: June 23, 2018
If the battery warning light (a light in the shape of a battery symbol) on the dashboard comes on while you're driving, that means the charging system isn't working, but the fault may lie in something other than the battery. The cause of the battery light could be a loose or corroded battery cable or other wire connecting components of the charging system, or it might be a problem with the alternator or voltage regulator. The alternator generates the power that is stored in the battery. If the alternator fails, or the accessory belt that drives the alternator is loose or broken, then you'll end up with a dead battery because the bad alternator isn't recharging the battery.
Of course, in modern cars, there are battery charge indicators (in the same panel as the speedometer, fuel gauge and temperature gauge). Using these indicators, you can be able to know when your battery is developing problems, like when it is losing charge too quick, even without opening your car's bonnet. Naturally, these indicators only work for as long as the battery is at least 'basically functioning;' for it is the very same battery that powers them.