Simple Battery Testing Steps
The average lifespan of a car battery around the Southwest is around two to four years.
While certain weather conditions affect the battery, extremely high temperatures in summer can actually drain the life from your battery as well. But there are certainly things you can do during the year to keep your car battery fully powered and ready to go. Read on for some helpful tips.
Many times it’s easy to identify a dead battery.
If the engine idles and you are just about to turn the ignition off, then you know that there are a free battery but other times it may not be obvious right away. For instance, if your car battery is dead when you first start it, then you should look for a small black box that is sometimes called a battery charger/injector kit. A dead battery may also be a sign that the electrical system has failed and will need to be replaced before you have an opportunity to change the ignition.
To test your electrical system, you need to purchase a small digital tester that will monitor all of the necessary parameters for your car battery.
This includes charging, discharging, and temperature. You should be able to enter a specific number combination into the virtual tester and then view your battery information right away. By using a digital device like this, it will allow you to make sure everything is working correctly including the voltage, current, and temperature.
The next thing you need to do is to locate the fuse that does the work to maintain the charge in your alternator. There are fuses that are labeled with a + or – symbol. Simply refer to the symbols to see which one is currently in place. Then simply remove the negative fuse and attach the positive wire to the + fuse. Be sure to replace the car battery before testing the alternator again.
Next you need to be able to identify what type of battery you have. A battery is commonly classified by the manufacturer as being deep cycle, alkaline, or lithium ion. Once you know the type of battery you have you will easily be able to determine the amount of charge you need to maintain your vehicle’s battery life. A good way to test this is by purchasing a multimeter that has a charge indicator built into it.
After determining the type of battery you have, you will also need to purchase a set of battery discharge testers.
These will be used to determine the capacity of each individual cell. If you have a trickle charged battery, you will only want to use the highest discharge testers. If you are using an automotive battery that is deep cycle, you should use the lowest rated discharge testers on the market. When purchasing the batteries for your testing equipment, make sure that you purchase ones that have the appropriate rating for the equipment you intend to use. For instance, if you intend to test a high performance vehicle, you should purchase a battery with higher amp-hours capability.
The final step is to purchase a set of adjustable load testers. These are used to test the load functionality of the terminals of the battery. If your vehicle has dual battery cables, you should test the terminals of both sets of batteries. If you are not planning on changing the batteries in any significant way, you can leave the terminal’s the same as they are.
As you can see, proper battery testing is absolutely vital to ensure proper vehicle use.
Proper maintenance can also prolong the life of your battery so be sure to perform this task on a regular basis. By performing these steps on a regular basis you will greatly extend the life of your vehicle’s battery. Remember to protect your investment by purchasing an excellent charger for each vehicle you own. Properly maintaining your investment with a quality battery will save you money in the long run and will help you save money when it comes to replacement of the batteries.
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