You need to take a drive in Redding, CA. You hop in your car, turn the key and nothing happens. Turns out your battery is dead. It's hard to know when a battery is going to fail, but there is a way to test to see if it's going bad.

A quick and dirty way to see if your battery is good is called a load test. Shut off your engine and flip on the headlights for a quarter-hour. If the headlights dim significantly when you restart your vehicle, then your battery may be going bad.

You can do a more advanced test with a tool called a volt-ohm meter, which you can buy at an auto parts store. Hook it up to your battery and test the juice. If the reading is less than 12.6 volts, you might have a problem.

To get your battery checked out or replaced, come in and see our friendly service staff at Redding Kia.

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