What Level of Voltage Means I Need a New Battery?

When you jump into your vehicle and the car will not crank, you suspect that you have a bad battery. The first thing to do is to turn on the headlights and jump out of your car to see if the lights are on. If the lights are on, your problem lies elsewhere. If the lights are not on or are dim, then you were probably right with your first assumption.

To confirm that your battery is bad, you need to use a voltmeter to measure the charge. If you do not have a voltmeter, then you should get one. Voltmeters are invaluable instruments that you use to find voltage levels in more than just batteries. When you apply your voltmeter, and the charge level reads less than 12.2 volts, the battery is bad.

At Lakewood Happy Motors, we can help you read your voltmeter or find a replacement battery.

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