How to Test Your Car Battery at Home

Your car battery needs to be replaced every three to five years, and a great way to make sure you’re never stranded is to stay on top of its condition. With regular testing, you can be confident that your car battery has the juice you need to keep moving.

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How to test your car battery at home

In order to conduct a proper test, you’ll need a car battery tester, which you could buy for as little as $10 depending on where you look.

You don’t want to test the battery after you’ve driven because it can be hot under the hood. Testing when it’s been a few days since the last time you drove will also give you a more accurate idea of how much it retains a charge.

When you find the battery, connect the tester by clipping the red to the positive and the black to the negative terminal. Turn on the tester and set it to check the voltage and cold cranking amps. The former should read 12.6 volts or higher and the latter will be close to the number found on the battery casing. If these numbers are too low, you are likely coming due for a battery replacement. If you’d rather leave the work to professionals, the service experts at High River Toyota near Calgary, AB, can test your battery for you when you stop in for routine maintenance. Have concerns about your battery? Give us a call or schedule an appointment online and we’ll help make sure you’ve got all the power you’ll need.

Signs That You’re Due for New Windshield Wipers

Spring has sprung once again, which means it’s time to consider bringing your vehicle into High River Toyota for seasonal maintenance. One service you may want to consider this spring is a new set of windshield wipers — especially if you’ve noticed any signs that they may be due for replacement.

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Physical condition

A surefire sign that you’re due for new windshield wipers is the rubber being in poor shape. The rubber part of your wiper blades should be in good condition, and any cracking or brittleness means that the blade won’t be as effective on rainy spring drives.

Not quite music to your ears

If you’re using your wiper blades to improve your visibility in a light rain, you may hear some squeaking. But if squeaking or dragging sounds are persistent in all conditions, it probably means your blades aren’t doing what they should.

Streaks and missed spots

When your windshield wiper blades are in good shape, they’ll leave a clear and clean path in their wake. A blade that either doesn’t clear away all the water or leaves behind smudges likely needs to be replaced.

These and other signs can tell you that you’re due for new windshield wipers this spring. If you are, bring your vehicle to High River Toyota near Calgary, AB. Our service pros can equip your vehicle with a new set in no time at all and get you back on the road toward springtime fun.