My battery light came on when i was briving and so did some other lights on the dash board replaced battery and it still came on w

My battery light came on when i was driving and so did some of the other lights on the dash board so when i got to where i was gone i tryed to start the van and it just made a clicking noise so we replaced the battery and got half way home and the battery light came on again what is wrong

My car has 16758 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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Hi there. What you are describing is common with an alternator failure or problems with the charging system in your Chrysler. The battery is supposed to supply power to the vehicle before starting the car, in which time the alternator takes over. If the alternator is damaged, the car will continue running off the battery and drain it. This is what tends to cause the clicking issue when you turn the key. It is probably a good idea to verify this problem before attempting repairs, by having a professional mobile mechanic come to your location and complete a battery will not hold a charge inspection.

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An illuminated battery light could be due to a number of issues, including: A loose or corroded battery cable. A problem with the alternator or voltage regulator. Damaged cells or plates inside the battery.
If your 2015 Chrysler Town & Country battery warning light comes on while driving, be sure to turn off your accessories, so the battery doesn`t drain further. The warning light normally means that the alternator isn`t working perfectly, meaning you are operating solely on battery power.
It is possible that the problems that you have been experiencing with the bad alternators have damaged the battery causing it to be weak. This would make the Battery Light come on. It is also possible that there is a problem with the fusible link or the alternator fuse for the charging system.
I did a bit of research and found a battery reset is required to resolve the issue. The message can reset by itself, but the car needs to sit undisturbed for at least eight hours. Perhaps with your work/driving schedule the car doesn`t sit long enough.
Basically, the light indicates a battery charging problem. If the light comes on and stays on while driving, this means that your alternator is running solely on energy stored in the battery. If you continue driving, your battery will eventually drain and your vehicle will stop working.
A blown fuse could be a cause of the battery light to come on. Excessive voltage in the electrical system can blow the fuse and prevent charging of the battery. A electrical technician can replace the fuse quickly and it an inexpensive fix.
Can I Keep Driving My Car if the Battery Light Is On? Yes, you can, for a short time. The light indicates that the alternator isn`t charging the battery, which means your car`s electrical system isn`t getting the needed power.
A dying, fading car battery means low voltage. As a result, your car`s computer, which is responsible for reporting error codes, is also receiving low voltage. An error code will be generated which will in turn trigger the Check Engine Light or even the Battery Charge Warning Light to display.
Your battery needs to be charged if the battery light illuminates, signaling a low battery. You can reset the light by disconnecting the negative terminal of the battery for a short while if the battery or charging system of the automobile is working properly.
Your battery light, also called the dashboard battery indicator, is designed to let you know about an issue with your vehicle`s battery or charging system. It could indicate that your battery is damaged or worn out, or that the charging system is malfunctioning in some way.
Like desktop computers and most other electronics, disconnecting the battery cable for a short period will not fully reset your ECU due to the residual power remaining in the circuits.
Leaving the battery disconnected for a few minutes will ensure the vehicle systems will completely reset when you reconnect the battery. Secure the negative cable back to the terminal and cover it with the cap. Disconnecting the battery will clear the error codes and reset the check engine light.

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My battery light came on when i was briving and so did some other lights on the dash board replaced battery and it still came on w
ANSWER : Hi there. What you are describing is common with an alternator failure or problems with the charging system in your Chrysler. The battery is supposed to supply power to the vehicle before starting the car, in which time the alternator takes over. If the alternator is damaged, the car will continue running off the battery and drain it. This is what tends to cause the clicking issue when you turn the key. It is probably a good idea to verify this problem before attempting repairs, by having a professional mobile mechanic come to your location and complete a battery will not hold a charge inspection.

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ANSWER : Hi, thanks for writing in. This may be a sign of a failing starter relay. The starter relay is a small unit near the starter that directs power to the starter from the battery. When this fails, it may cause a clicking sound and will not allow the starter to engage the flywheel when you turn the key. I would suggest having a professional from YourMechanic come to your home to diagnose your starting issue to determine the solution to get you back on the road.

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ANSWER : The alternator on this vehicle is computer controlled and if the alternator is not communicating to the computer then it may default to a set charging rate that will show up as good when testing using standard methods. The computer and charging system needs to be tested using a scanner that is compatible that can check and test charging rates. You most likely do have a bad alternator on the car.

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If the mechanic completed the O2 sensor replacement, reset the codes and the error code was triggered again, it is possible that the catalytic converter is damaged and needs to be replaced. However, it’s also very common for the electrical harnesses that power these sensors to become frayed, damaged or faulty; which can also trigger the check engine light. It’s not advisable to drive a vehicle with a damaged catalytic converter for extended periods of time, as it can cause damage to internal engine components.

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