Don't Get Stuck on the Road: How to Test your Car's Battery

One of the worst feelings in the world is being stuck on the side of the road with a dead battery. Besides hybrid and electric car batteries, use the following tips to make sure you won't experience any interruptions during your commute or road trip.

The easiest and most popular way to test your car's battery is by using a Multimeter. These can be purchased at most local auto parts stores. If you're unable to locate one, head to Mercedes-Benz of Fort Wayne for more assistance. First, remove the positive terminal cover and clean the corrosion as best you can. Almost every car will have the positive terminal marked with a "plus" sign and the negative terminal marked with a "minus" sign. Set the voltmeter to the lowest setting, usually right above 15 volts, and connect your negative cable to the negative battery terminal, and the red cable to the positive terminal.

Doing this should be able to tell you how many volts are running through your battery. A fully charged battery should have at least 12.6 volts when off, and 13.7 to 14.7 volts when the vehicle is turned on.


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