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Old 01-06-2023, 07:21 PM   #1
Drives: Yaris 2014 2-Door LE
Join Date: Oct 2022
Location: South Dakota, USA
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will the red battery indicator light turn on if the battery is not charging / working

I recently had a harrowing experience with my Yaris.

The steering wheel suddenly froze up, all the dashboard lights started blinking.

Fortunately, somehow, I didn't get into an accident, and was able to steer into a parking lot by the side of the road.

The diagnosis was that my alternator was shot. Replaced it. Things seem to be fine now.
(Note: the reason the steering wheel froze up is because my Yaris has electric power steering.)

The thing is: I'm not sure if the red battery warning indicator light turned on or not before this happened.

My question for you: is the red battery warning indicator light expected to turn on if:
  1. it's not charging
  2. the battery is not working properly (e.g. some cells are charging but others are not)

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Old 01-06-2023, 08:14 PM   #2
Drives: 2010 yaris 3 door hatch
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It should have been on.
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