Car batteries last for an average of three years. Your battery might not last as long if you park your car outdoors or if it's exposed to extreme heat or cold. One way to keep track of the battery is to test it.

Testing a car battery is simple and fast. You'll need a multimeter. Set the tool to a low voltage level. Connect its black probe to the battery's negative terminal and its red probe to the positive terminal. Voltage less than 12.6 means it's time for a new battery.

No voltmeter to test your own battery? Visit our service center at Awesome Ford for a battery test. We'll check it for you and provide you with the opportunity to have the battery replaced before it suddenly stops working and leaves you stranded.

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