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Checking battery leads and connections

A faint click or total silence when the starter key is turned usually means that the battery is almost or completely flat. If, however, the battery is fully charged, the trouble is probably in the circuit between the battery and starter. Read more

Using a car battery charger

Frequent short trips, with constant stopping and starting, make your battery work very hard, especially in winter when heater, headlights , heated windows and wipers may be working most of the time. Read more

How to test a car battery

If your car's instrument panel includes an ammeter , it will tell you how well the charging system is working - the difference between the charge going into the battery and the power being used from it. Read more

Checking the batteries

Most car batteries are sealed for life - apart from a small vent hole which allows gas to escape. They never need topping up. Read more