'99 Chevy Malibu ABS light & Battery light on



My 1999 Chevy Malibu ABS lights went on this morning along with the Battery lights being on, I don’t have a garage and the car sort of got plowed into its parking place as we had a big three day snow storm. It isn’t making any noises. But it is full of ice and snow. What is wrong with my car?


I can’t think of anything that would link these 2 lights to the same problem (except that both separate issues may come from the ice/snow).

For the ABS light, you probably have one or more wheel sensors clogged up with ice & snow. You’ll need to clean it up or find a warm place to park it for a while so it all melts off. If that doesn’t help the ice & snow may have damaged the sensor & or its wiring or knocked it out of place.

As for the battery light, one possibility is that you have an old battery (how old is it) and the cold has it teetering on being dead. And/or the same with the alternator. And/or a bunch of ice & snow got rammed up past your splash shields and is messing with the belt - which would be worse if the belt is also old. Incidentally, is your steering working normally? Pop your hood and look on the left hand side (passenger side) where the serpentine/accessory belt resides. Make sure there is a belt there.

If you verify that the belt is actually there and the car seems to run well, and there is an auto parts store close by call them asd ask if they test charging systems. Many do it for free. Drive there and your battery/alternator can be checked. If your battery is old don’t be surprised if you end up buying a new one (which they will probably install for you).