How to Check Your Vehicle's Battery

Your vehicle's battery is a critical component in the starting system. If the battery voltage is low, your vehicle will not start. If your vehicle is experiencing starting problems, you can easily test the battery to see if it is the source of the problem.

To test your battery, you will need a multimeter that is capable of measuring DC voltage. You can test the battery while it is connected or disconnected. If you will be testing the battery while it is connected, ensure that the key and all accessories are turned off. The terminals should be clean before testing. Your battery should read at least 12.4 volts. Most batteries tend to fail between 3-4 years.

The signs of a bad battery are low voltage, hard starting, and difficulty maintaining a charge. If you experience any of these problems, you should consider replacing your battery. For additional information or to have your bad battery replaced, contact Team Kia of Bend in Bend, OR today.

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