Using a Voltmeter to Test Battery Strength

Extremes in temperature throughout the year can deplete your car's battery. You can pull into our service center at Ford of Uniontown in Uniontown, PA to have us check the strength of your battery's charge, or you can do it yourself using a simple device called a voltmeter. Purchase or borrow a digital meter to get an easy, accurate reading.

Wear eye protection and gloves, making sure the car's ignition and electrical devices are all turned off. Connect the red test lead to the battery's positive terminal and the negative or black test lead to the negative terminal. A voltage reading of 12.4+ or higher is good news, while a reading of less than 12.0+ means your battery is likely to give you trouble in the near future.

If you haven't had your battery serviced in the past four years, either test your battery yourself using a voltmeter or let our service center inspect it.

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