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My 2009 Chevy Malibu just had a new battery put in within the last 60 days. Then I needed a new transmission. Got it fixed. Today my battery light comes on and stays on. What is this?

My 2009 Chevy Malibu just had a new battery put in within the last 60 days. Then around 19 Dec 2016 my wave plate broke and I needed a new transmission. Got it fixed and received my car back on 29 Dec 2016. Today, 2 Jan 2017 my battery light comes on and stays on. The manual says to keep the radio and AC off and not to drive long distances. What is this?

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The light means that your battery is not being charged properly. It could be that when the transmission was replaced, they alternator belt was not put in properly or tight enough. I'd do the following:
1. Check battery connections to make sure they are clean and tight.
2. Check the drive belt to the alternator. It should be tight and not slipping.
3. If neither of the above is the problem, fully charge the battery with a battery charger so you can drive it for a while. Don't drive it without charging or you may get stranded. Don't let the battery run all the way down either or it may ruin it.
3. Check alternator output by driving to a nearby auto store or the place you had it repaired. They usually can check your charging system for free. The alternator could have decided to malfunction, although it's pretty new.
Good luck...

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