Learn to Test Your Car Battery at Home | Evansville Kia
When you’re all dressed up and ready to head to work, the last thing you want is to attempt to start your car and hear deafening silence instead of the sound of your engine starting. Your friends at Evansville Kia have a few no-equipment-needed tips to help you check your car battery at home so you can avoid that frustrating situation.
In the scenario above, it’s likely that you would have heard a faint clicking noise when turning your key in the ignition. If you hear a rapid click when attempting to start your car, it is likely that your battery is already dead. If you hear only one click, however, it’s more likely that your starter has failed. If you think it is the battery, get a jump start from a friend or neighbor and drive to Evansville Kia so we can replace your battery.
To complete the load test, simply leave your headlights on for 15 minutes without turning on your car. After the 15 minutes is up, start your car. Do you notice that your headlights are dimmer than before? If so, that could be a sign you need to replace your battery. If your battery is unable to power your headlights for 15 minutes, it’s likely not going to be able power your engine for much longer.
Periodically, consider checking your battery terminals for corrosion. Corrosion is a normal process, but the residue left on your battery terminals can make it harder for your battery to do its job. The good news is that you can clean the corrosion from your battery with a toothbrush and baking soda.
Are you DIY-challenged, or do you perhaps prefer to leave vehicle maintenance to the professionals? No problem. Evansville Kia’s team of expert service technicians have been troubleshooting and replacing batteries for years.