You obviously know that the battery is a very important part of the car, and the whole system of powering your engine up depends on it. If it is not properly maintained, there is a large chance for corrosion to occur, which might be very detrimental in the future.
What causes car battery corrosion is the reactive oxygen gas that is released from the acid in the battery. For effective functioning of the battery, it is important for you to take care of your battery and maintain it in a way that it performs tasks just like you want it to. So keep reading on to find out how to test a car battery and maintain it in the most convenient ways possible.
For this method, all you need is an accurate voltmeter. You can choose either an analogue or a digital voltmeter, your choice, but using a digital voltmeter would be better as it is easier to read and gives you an accurate measurement.
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Now, the results the voltmeter will show are going to vary depending on the condition of your battery. If your battery is in good condition, the voltmeter will show a value between 12.4 and 12.7 volts.
Watch a YouTube Video illustrating the whole process in a much more detailed way over here.
So, basically, a Power Probe is a device used in diagnosing and testing circuits. Using this, testing the car battery would indeed be less complicated than with a voltmeter. Besides, a Power Probe will do the job faster and more accurately than other methods.
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The Power Probe is a very efficient device that will benefit you the most if you live in an area where the weather is mostly cold, or if you are frequently uncertain about the condition of the battery, hence feeling like you need to test it repeatedly.
Find a YouTube Video illustrating the use of this Power Probe in a more detailed way here.
This is a method that involves the use of a Power Probe. All you need to do in this method is to ‘Crank’ the engine. You can do that by turning on the ignition to the point where the starter is engaged and then you must hold it for two seconds. While you observe the battery’s voltage drop, have an assistant crank the engine for you.
At the time of the crank, you should check the voltage. The Power Probe should not be showing a voltage reading less than 9.6 Volts. A voltage that is going below 9.6 will easily indicate that your battery is sulfated and is not accepting the charge.
A hydrometer is basically a fluid device that is used to measure the specific gravity of the battery electrolyte to determine its state of charge. This device can be used to determine how strong or weak the acid in the electrolyte or the battery fluid is.
In this way, you can determine the wellness of your car battery conveniently. It is basically dipped into the cells, one by one, and the reading gives you a good check of how strong your battery is.
However, this method is worthless if you want to know the capacity of your battery, i.e. if it is able to sustain its charge in a way that it performs just as you want it to.
The capacity basically depends on the amount of plates that are present in each cell. The cell’s capacity is affected if the number of plates is varied or if any damage comes to any of these plates.
However, this method might not work if you have a sealed-for-life battery in your car, as the electrolyte in that battery cannot be tested.
Watch a YouTube video to get to understand how to use a Hydrometer over here.
Some cars come pre-fitted with a Battery Condition Indicator, but you can get this fitted into your car anytime just to be sure about your battery condition.
This Indicator is more like a built-in voltmeter for your car battery, and it is marked in semi-circle bands in the sequence of red-green-red color.
This will lead you to a detailed intro to understanding and reading your Car Battery Indicator.
An Ammeter is an instrument that is normally used to measure the current flowing through something. In some cars, even nowadays, an ammeter is pre-fitted in and proves to be incredibly helpful, without a doubt.
An ammeter will let you know about the wellness of the charging system of your battery, and in that sense, will prove to be giving more immediate results than a voltmeter would.
Being a person who loves cars and takes care of them like my children, I felt an immense need to share with you all the ways that I personally found very helpful when I needed to check the battery of my cars.
I hope the list helped you just as it has always helped me in the past. Do let us all know how these techniques worked out for you below in the comments, and help others out as well by sharing it!
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