P0562 – Meaning, Causes, Symptoms, & Fixes

Code P0562 Definition

System Voltage Low

What Does P0562 Mean?

The P0562 code is the result of the ECM detecting that the vehicle voltage has dropped below the optimal specified range. This is indicated by the check engine light, in which the voltage of the vehicle has dropped below the manufacturer’s minimal voltage range.

P0562 Symptoms*

  • Check engine light
  • Battery light
  • Vehicle runs rough
  • Engine may not start
  • Lower fuel economy

*No noticeable adverse conditions in some cases

P0562 Cause

  • Frayed alternator circuit wiring/connectors
  • Defective battery
  • Increased battery drain
  • Faulty Alternator
  • Faulty ECM

Code P0562 Severity – Severe

This trouble code’s severity is increased due to its impact on overall engine performance. If the engine voltage drops too low, the vehicle may stall or be unable to start up. If this code is present, it is recommended to have your vehicle serviced immediately to protect from further negative implications towards the drivability of your vehicle.

Code P0562 Common Diagnosis Mistakes

Prematurely replacing the battery without visually inspecting the wiring around the alternator for disconnection.

P0562 Diagnosis

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Difficulty of Diagnosis and Repair – (1-7)

  1. Check to see if there are any other codes along with P0562 and clear your Check Engine Light with FIXD.
  2. Check the freeze frame data and fuel gauge to pinpoint the issue.
  3. Conduct a visual inspection of wiring around the alternator for fraying or disconnection.
  4. Inspect the wiring and clamps around the battery to ensure they are not loose or frayed.
  5. Check connection of wiring to ECM to ensure no disconnection.
  6. With the engine off and the key selecting “on”, check the battery for at least 12 to 12.6 volts. If reduction in voltage, this could be indicative of battery failure or excess draw on the battery.
  7. If the problem persists, consider testing the voltage of the alternator, if this does not match the battery voltage taken in (Step 6), the alternator circuit might need repair.

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Comments 7

Anthony Larkin

December 3, 2018

Thanks for the diagnosis of my 2004 PT Cruiser.

FIXD Marketing

December 3, 2018

No problem Anthony!Glad we could help.


Amy Huggins

February 2, 2019

I have a 2012 Dodge Avenger 2.4 The car runs great but if I drove it a long distance and shut it off it would not crank bank just like the batter was dead but if I let it sit for a few hours it would crank right back up. No problem if I drove it a short distance. The car runs perfectly fine no signs of something being wrong other than it not cranking after being drove more than 30 minutes.So I had it hooked to computer scanner cause the Engine light was on. The following codes are showing code P0562 System voltage low and P000B camshaft Position slow response bank.. replaced both camshaft position sensors and battery.. Now The low voltage code is gone and the car has been cranking every time. But the P000B camshaft Position slow response bank code is back any ideas? going try doing an oil change. Thanks in advance

Willie Turner

June 4, 2019

Code 5062 appeared on my dash and it was exactly what it said it was. I replaced the Alternator and my problems were resolved. Thank to FIXD I saved myself over a 1K dollars had I taken it back to the Dealer.


June 7, 2019

Glad to hear that we were able to help Willie!

Marlon Espinosa

July 3, 2019

I have a 2011 T&C Battery light turned on. Battery got replaced alternator got replaced. Drove it a few miles then same thing happened. All dashboard lights turned on.

Marcus Green

August 25, 2019

I have a 2011 dodge caravan and I’ve done change my alternator twice and after about six months my check engine light came and it’s saying low voltage and I don’t know what’s killing the alternator do you have any suggestion on what could make your alternator to go bad and also my battery is fairly new

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