Tips for Testing Your Vehicle's Battery

Car batteries last for about three to five years, but exposure to extreme temperatures can shorten that lifespan. It's important to check your car battery once per month so that you can avoid an unexpected surprise when you're in a hurry to leave. To check the battery, you need a voltmeter.

Connect the voltmeter's red lead to the battery's positive terminal. Connect the voltmeter's black lead to the car battery's negative terminal. A reading of 12.4 to 12.6 indicates a good battery. A reading of less than 12.4 means that it's time to consider replacement. A charge lower than 12.0 means that the battery needs prompt replacement.

If your car's battery has a low charge, stop in to see us at Charlie's Pre-Owned. If you get a battery jump, drive over to our dealership for battery replacement.



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