I have a 2004 Saab 9-3. Currently the Batter Warning Light has come on. It came on while the car was being driven. The car’s performance seemed to suffer and it was hard to turn the steering wheel. We were about two miles away from home and we somehow managed to get home but we simply couldn’t get the car to turn on to our driveway because of loss of power for steering.
We checked the Saab manual and it reads
Warning Charging - This light comes on together with ‘triangle/exclamation’ light if the battery is not charging. If it comes on while you are driving, stop the car as soon as possible and switch off the engine.
Check the alternator drive belt. If the belt has broken, the engine may overheat (cooling system will not function properly), the battery will not be charged, the A/C compressor will not run and power assistance for steering will be lost.
- We experienced the a/c not working too well
- We had problem with steering - It was almost as if the steering wheel was locked. It was extremely hard to turn.
Is this an alternator belt or a battery issue? If so, how do we figure out?
If it is an alternator belt issue, how much would it cost to fix it?
Please help us identify the cause and fix the issue. Thank you.