Things You Can Check on Your Car Battery - Service Information at Hanson KIA

If your Kia is having problems with its battery, the best thing to do is to bring it to an authorized Kia service center. The technicians here have a variety of state-of-the-art diagnostic tools that allow them to find out what the problem could be. However, there are a few things that you can check on your own. Four of them are listed below. Keep an eye out for these problems; telling the technician about them may help them narrow down where the problem is coming from.

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4. Inspect the Terminals & Cables for Corrosion

Corrosion on the battery terminals is relatively obvious: it's a white, green, or blue substance that coats the terminals. This can be cleaned off by yourself, but it's a better idea to take your Kia in for service. Cleaning requires disconnecting the battery, and any work with car batteries can be dangerous.

While corrosion on the terminals is easy to spot, it's harder to find if it's affecting the cables. This is because cable corrosion affects the internal parts, rather than the plastic or rubber insulation. However, if you notice that the insulation is cracked, there's a chance that corrosion may be to blame. If this is the case, you might need to have the cables replaced.

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3. Make Sure the Cable Clamp Connection Is Strong

If your car has recently had the battery replaced, but still has trouble starting, the cable clamps may be too loose. This is unlikely to happen at an authorized Kia service center, but is more common at other places. It's possible that this problem could be fixed simply by tightening the clamps; however, there may be other issues causing the loose fit. Bringing your Kia in for an inspection is the best way to proceed.

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2. Check for Cracks

When you're looking at your battery, be sure to check the case and other components for any cracks. If you notice any, take care: in addition to not functioning as well, a cracked battery can be dangerous. It should be replaced immediately to avoid harm.

1. Check To See if a Jump Start Gets Things Going

Often, a car with a dead battery will respond well to a jump start. Try to start your car this way. If it works, be sure to head to a Kia service center. A battery that's not able to hold a charge needs to be inspected to see where the problem lies. If you don't have the problem looked at, you might find yourself needing a jump again next time you start your car.

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    2300 Carriage Loop SW
    Olympia, WA 98502

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