Jun 25 , 2020

How to Test a Car Battery

 

The Family HandymanHow to Replace a Car Battery If you car battery is five years old or older, you should do this soon. It only takes a few minutes and can save you from being stranded due to a dead battery. Learn more about car battery care and make sure you know how to manage a roadside emergency with these tips.

Avoid Driving for Several Days, Then Locate the Battery

  • Wait at least a few days without driving to test your car battery, unless you’ve already determined it won’t start and suspect battery issues.
    • Your car’s alternator charges the battery while the vehicle is running. Testing the battery after not driving for a few days will tell you how well your battery is holding a charge. If it runs down significantly, it probably needs replacement.
  • Lift your vehicle’s hood when you’re ready to test the battery, if that’s where it’s housed. If not, find it elsewhere in the vehicle.

Locate the Battery

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