Practical Ways to Test a Car Battery

Battery maintenance is vital during the coldest months because arctic air can affect power cells. If you want to monitor your battery's power level after outdoor temperatures drop, you can accomplish this by following a few simple steps.

To get accurate results, conduct the tests with a multimeter. This is a device that provides readings for a car battery's voltage. The highest readings mean that a battery is fully charged. During a general test, you'll want a reading that's close to 12 volts. If the voltage is low, you may have problems cranking your engine down the road. You could also test your battery without using a multimeter. To conduct this type of test, turn on your headlights, and observe the beams. If the headlights are dim, the battery isn't fully charged.

An average car battery should be tested twice a year. If you need help conducting tests, you can service your vehicle at Michael Hohl Honda.



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