How to Test Your Vehicle Battery

While the vehicle battery is not the most expensive component of your car, it is one of the most important. The battery not only starts up the engine, but it also powers all the electronics in the vehicle. If the battery is not fully charged, then the vehicle may not start or may stop running.

In order to test the battery, you will need a voltmeter that is either analog or digital. Be sure to turn off the ignition and the lights. Connect the red test end to the positive terminal on the battery and then attach the black lead to the negative terminal. If the reading is 12.4 or above, the battery is good. Otherwise, it is bad.

If your battery isn't holding a charge or is at a low charge, come in to Santa Maria Mazda, and we will test your battery and see if you need a replacement.

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