How To Do A DIY Test on a Car Battery

How To Do A DIY Test on a Car Battery

We understand that you cant always make it instore to do a battery test on your vehicle. 

So here is our DIY Tips on Testing your vehicle's batteries without the correct tooling.

Firstly, Using any tooling can be dangerous. 

Make sure you are wearing appropriate PPE for the job at hand.

So let's start with a visual inspection, Check the battery is secured properly.

Inspect the battery terminals for corrosion and check the battery casing for any acid leaks (Remember, PPE!) 

Inspect the Battery Casing, Batteries that have vented lose there out blow out. This can be anything from swelling to separated casings.

If you have access to a Multi-Meter, check the batteries resting Voltage, Batteries should be above 12v.

If your batteries over 12v and its unable to start your vehicle, try to get access to a  battery tester or load tester (At Townsville Wholesale Batteries this is a free service)

If you can't use a tester, take your battery out of the vehicle and weigh it on a scale.

Batteries that weigh less then a new equivalent have suffered from Sulphation.

Sulphation occurs when the current in a battery isn't sufficient to keep the electrolyte moving through the battery, and causes the acid inside a lead acid battery to eat away at the Lead plates.

If it helps feel free to call our store to discuss any other battery issues you may be having, or book a free battery test with us.

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