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Battery indicator light on while driving

On the way home tonight the battery indicator light came on in my Chevy S10 (1998). Do I need to be worried it won't start tomorrow? Does it "automatically" mean I need a new battery?

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Usually the battery warning comes on while on the road, it means one of two things....1) the alternator has stopped charging. this can be either from a bad alternator or a broken drive belt. 2) the charge is too high. this is often from a part in the alterator called a regulator failing. the easy way to test it for one of these conditions is to look at your volt gauge on your display panel. when running it should read app'x 14 volts. if it is much lower or higher, it usually means the alterantor has failed. if you don't have a gauge, you can use a multimeter set to { volts-DC } and when running that should read between 13.5 and 14.5 volts. your car will start with a bad alterantor when you jump start it, but don't drive it too far. (auto parts stores will test your battery and alternator, usually for free)

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