Tips to Check Your Car Battery at Home

Under the hood, the battery is the beating heart of your vehicle. You need it to start your car, turn on the headlights, run the air-conditioning, etc. Without a functional battery, your vehicle is as good as dead.

A typical car battery has a lifespan that ranges between three to five years, depending on its make, use, maintenance, among other factors. But, if you suspect your car battery is losing power or is on the verge of death, it might be time to have it checked, and, if required, get a new car battery.

Given below are some tips to check your car battery by yourself to see if it is functioning correctly or not.

Tip #1 The Headlights Test

If you are not a qualified technician, you might be sceptical about performing any ‘test’ on your car. However, this test can easily be done without any equipment at home. First, without starting your engine, turn on your car headlights and leave them on for 10 to 15 minutes. Then, start your car and make note of your car’s headlights – is it dim, flickering, stable, bright? If your headlights dim as you power the engine or flicker, your car battery doesn’t pass this health test. The battery should hold sufficient charge to handle 10 to 15 minutes before the engine is powered, and once the engine turns over. If your car battery is already struggling, it means that it is time for you to get a new car battery.

Tip #2 The Sound Test

Generally, when you turn your key to ignite the engine, you can hear your car’s engine come to life with a roar. But, when you hear a rapid clicking noise instead, it could mean that your car battery is likely dead or just on the brink. This could also mean that the alternator which charges the battery is not functioning properly. This clicking noise is a tell-tale sign that there is something wrong with your car’s electrical system. A jumpstart might get your car to move temporarily, but this isn’t the solution. Have a qualified technician take a look at every part of the electrical system, especially the battery, and if needs, get a new car battery.

Tip #3 The Test for Corrosion

The powdery, white and bluish-green substance that gathers on the car battery terminal is battery corrosion. Corrosion is caused when the acid within the battery releases hydrogen gas or acidic fumes. Since the battery terminals are in direct contact with the battery, they are exposed to the acidic fumes, thereby developing corrosion. Over time, corrosion can interfere with the terminals’ ability to transfer electricity, sometimes even blocking the flow. This results in the car battery working harder to compensate, and this extra work can shorten its lifespan. This is why you must check your battery for corrosion and keep the terminals clean.

Final Thoughts

You should keep a check on your car’s engine performance and take your car battery for routine servicing, irrespective of whether there are any signs of weakness or not. This will keep premature ill-health or death at bay.

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