How to Test Your Car’s Battery

If you’re concerned that your car’s battery isn’t holding a charge, you can use a voltmeter to check it. You may choose an analog or digital option, but the first step is to make sure that your car is shut off, including the lights. Connect the positive, or red, cable to the positive battery terminal. Go on the negative, or black, cable and attach it to the negative battery terminal.

A battery that’s less than four years old and registers at 12.4 volts or above should hold a charge. If the battery is older than 5 years and is showing 12 volts or below, it is not able to hold a continuous charge. Remove the negative cable from the voltmeter first followed by the red. Disconnect the battery’s cables from the terminals and clean using an appropriate cleaning tool and solution. Reconnect and try the voltmeter again.

When you find that, after proper cleaning, your battery still doesn’t hold a charge, it may be time for replacement. When you have questions or would like assistance with your car’s battery, stop in to our Honda parts and service station. A knowledgeable member of our team will be happy to assist you.

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