The battery light turn on when it rains and steering wheel gets jammed for a few seconds. Then battery light turns off it works

It rains. The battery light lights up. Steering wheel jams. The battery light gets turned off. The steering wheel starts working.

My car has 103000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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This is most likely caused by the serpentine belt slipping. You need to have the belt and tensioner checked for problems and have them repaired as needed. If you need further assistance with this repair, a certified technician from YourMechanic can come to your home or office to inspect your steering system.

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The stiff steering wheel and flashing Battery Light may be caused by a serpentine drive belt that has broken or come off. It could be that the serpentine belt tensioner pulley was making noise and seized or that the serpentine idler pulley was making noise and seized.
This is a serious battery problem if the battery is now swollen and has no power. There has been an obviously internal fault. This will cause the vehicle to power down and the EPS light to come on as well. The EPS light is the warning indicator for the electric power steering.
Why Does The Car Battery Light Go On and Off? The car battery light might come on for many reasons, but generally, the reasons are: An old car battery. Car battery connections that are corroded.
When the warning light comes on, it means there is an issue with the battery and you should take action immediately. What is this? If your car has low or no power when starting, this can be caused by a defective battery or wiring problem within the vehicle.
The issues you`re experiencing are commonly caused by an exposed wire that is shorting when introduced to moisture or ignition problems that temporarily shut down electrical power to important components.
The most common cause of a stiff steering wheel is when you are running low on power steering fluid in your system. Often, this happens when there is a leak in the system from the pressurized hose area. Most of the time, it is due to a cracked or loose hose causing the fluid to leak out.
Improper Fluid Levels

Too much and your valves and seals could collapse under the pressure. Not enough and the fluid can`t exert the force needed to turn your car. Replacing your fluid on time will help prevent this issue, but any leaks can cause a loss of fluid that will ultimately lead to power steering failure.

Yes it does, if the battery is running low the car control unit can switch off the electric power steering. It can be a bit scary if the steering switches off while driving but it is possible and can happen if the alternator fails.
The average cost for a Honda Accord Alternator Replacement is between $570 and $779. Labor costs are estimated between $100 and $126 while parts are priced between $470 and $652.
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.
JBA – The risk that often occurs when a car is flooded is damage to some parts of the engine or some electrical compound. One of them is an electrical component called the Electric Power Steering (EPS). This electrical component can be damaged by floods that hit EPS modules and motors.
Just as important, the fluid attracts moisture, and since moisture/water has different (less effective) properties than steering fluid, with time the fluid delivers decreased power through the system. On top of that, water is corrosive and can damage steering components over time.
This problem can be fixed on your own, but if you`re not sure how to fix electric power steering problems, take it to a certified mechanic.
The standard symptom your alternator is going bad is the warning light on your dashboard. Other symptoms include the lights on your car are flickering or you have issues starting your car. If you hear sounds coming from the engine, it`s almost definitely coming from a failing alternator.
Strong vibrations or water ingress are possible causes of bearing damage on alternators. But too much tension on the drive belt can also cause bearing damage or premature wear.
The power steering can and absolutely will go out if the alternator or battery fails while driving.
The power steering can and absolutely will go out if the alternator or battery fails while driving.
Does a low battery affect electric power steering? Yes it does, if the battery is running low the car control unit can switch off the electric power steering. It can be a bit scary if the steering switches off while driving but it is possible and can happen if the alternator fails.
If the battery is dead, you may not be able to turn the key completely to the off position meaning the steering wheel won`t lock—not only that but you won`t be able to get the key out. BTW, not all cars have locking steering wheels—there is no such law.
If the battery is dead, you may not be able to turn the key completely to the off position meaning the steering wheel won`t lock—not only that but you won`t be able to get the key out. BTW, not all cars have locking steering wheels—there is no such law.

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The battery light turn on when it rains and steering wheel gets jammed for a few seconds. Then battery light turns off it works
ANSWER : This is most likely caused by the serpentine belt slipping. You need to have the belt and tensioner checked for problems and have them repaired as needed. If you need further assistance with this repair, a certified technician from YourMechanic can come to your home or office to inspect your steering system.

Okay so when I turn my lights on at night my brake lights do not work, when I don’t have my lights on they work fine.
ANSWER : Hi there. Based on your inquiry, it’s highly probable that you have a damaged light switch or some electrical fault inside the turn signal relay. However, it’s also possible that the brake switch above the brake pedal could also be the source of your problem. Due to the fact that multiple electrical components might be causing this issue, it’s a smart idea to first have a professional mobile mechanic complete a brake lights are not working inspection, so they can determine what’s causing all of these issues and recommend the right repairs.

Just replaced head gasket, changed crack sensor new plugs. The check engine light is on, but dim, the only other light that the dash is a normal battery indicator. The fuel pump is not running when switch is turned on, the power windows don’t work, it turns over but not firing. It’s like only one part of the system is working. Also the heater fans work even if the switch is off.
ANSWER : I would first look at the diagnostic trouble codes. Those codes are available because the check engine light is on. If the fuel pump is not running (momentarily) at key on, that fault alone will prevent the car from starting as there will be no fuel pressure. Pump output and pressure can be directly tested and you can also check for electrical power to the pump. To find out why the engine will not run, the recommended diagnostic is a no start diagnostic. If you request that service, the responding certified mechanic will get this taken care of for you. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

steering wheel won’t unlock my key turns only to turn lights on but that’s it can’t unlock steering wheel to start the car what to
ANSWER : The steering lock may not be unlocking either due to a faulty ignition lock housing or more commonly as the cars age a faulty spring at the steering wheel on the under side of the column. If the ignition lock housing is the issue the housing can be replaced. It s a bit tricky as the mounting bolt has break off heads and generally need to be driven out with a punch. If the lock is not disengaging because of a faulty spring on the ignition lock many owners have had the spring removed by having it drilled out of the housing. However, removing the spring may permanently disable the steering lock. The last option would be to replace the steering column. You may want to enlist the help of a mechanic who can recommend the proper repair for your situation.

The battery light still shows after replacing with a new battery and the steering wheel is hard to turn. what is the issue?
ANSWER : Hi there. This sounds like a belt failure or belt driven component failure. First check to see if the belt is broken/missing, then check the driven component pulleys for resistance that may have contributed to the belt failure. If the belt is present and not broken, then check the crankshaft harmonic balancer (pulley) for failure by seeing if the pulley aligns with all of the other pulleys; when a balancer fails, the outer section where the belt rides can move back and forth or come off completely. When the belt is off or broken, the alternator and power steering pump will not work and cause the concerns you are having. You may need a harmonic balancer and/or a serpentine belt. YourMechanic has several available technicians to assist you with a hard steering inspection, belt replacement, and harmonic balancer replacement.

Steering wheel does not center
ANSWER : The problem to me sounds like you have worn out bushings that hold the power steering rack and pinion assembly. This is why your steering wheel gets off center in the direction of the turn. Have the steering inspected and the bushings replaced if they are bad. You should have no problems then.

The Battery Light is on and the lights and power mirrors are not working – 2002 Mercedes-Benz C320
ANSWER : Hi. If the Battery Light is on, this an indication that either the battery is bad, the alternator is not charging properly, or both of them are bad. Low battery voltage will cause the car to do abnormal things like have no headlights. There are other things that can cause headlights to not work as well, for example, a blown fuse, broken headlight relay, or, the most common cause, blown headlight bulbs.

I suggest you have a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, come to your location to determine why the Battery Light is on and suggest the necessary repairs.

Battery light goes on when I start car then turns off, if I rev engine light comes back until rpms go down. Abs goes comes on/off
ANSWER : Batteries can die due to faults in the charging system so ideally a suspected "faulty" battery should be load tested before a decision is made to condemn it. The only exception to this rule is if the battery is already clearly "old" (greater than 5 years) but even then once you put a new battery in, as a replacement for a "dead" battery, you have to comprehensively check out the charging system. Diagnostic Trouble Code P0460 will result in disruption of the dashboard fuel gauge’s ability to accurately report your tank’s fuel levels. The fuel gauge readings may be erratic, or read somewhere off scale. Vehicles equipped with a low fuel warning light feature may also suffer from erratic low fuel warnings in the event of a code P0460. Unless the P0460 code has been reported alongside other trouble code, all of the vehicle’s essential systems should otherwise function normally. I would recommend that you request a check engine light diagnostic to first resolve the fault causing the P0460 code to set. The check gas cap light warning light could be due a faulty gas cap and/or small leaks in the EVAP system.