You get into your car and find out that the engine is not starting. Moreover, the headlights won’t turn on and you get frustrated. Calm down! To find out whether you need a new battery or not, Carrera Car Wash- the best South Melbourne car detailing service providers the step to check your car battery.
Method 1: Check with a Voltmeter
- Switch your engine off.
- Take the battery’s positive terminal code off. The best part is to check and clean the battery terminals (positive and negative).
- Next step is to connect your voltmeter’s positive lead to the positive terminal and negative voltmeter lead to the negative battery terminal on your battery. The positive lead of a voltmeter is usually red colour.
- Check the voltmeter.The voltage must be between 12.4 to 12.7 volts then your battery is in good condition. A reading lower than 12.4 volts means, you need to charge your car battery.
Method 2: Check Your Battery with a Power Probe
- Remove the battery’s positive terminal cover and connect your Power Probe’s positive lead to the positive terminal and attach the negative lead to the negative battery terminal on your battery.
- To get the voltage reading; connect the tip of the probe to the positive battery terminal.
- Get the Power Probe reading.The voltage must be between 12.4 to 12.7 volts then your battery is in good condition.
The 3rd method to check your car battery is by cranking the engine. At the time of cranking, check the reading of the power probe which shouldn’t go below 9.6 volts.