i need to replace my battery. i need specification. do i need to test the alternator before replacement?

Asked by Jul 20, 2012 at 06:00 AM about the Toyota Camry

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

my car is a toyota camry 1998 model.

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Do you have a voltmeter or multimeter? Set it to DC volts and wth the engine off probe the negative and postive posts. The voltage should be 12.4-12.6V. Any lower and you will need to replace. If the car does start, then probe again, you should have a reading of 13.8-14.5V , this means the alternator is charging and working correctly. How old is your batter, any older than 4-5 years old is ready for replacement.

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Also check your battery terminals for loose or corroded connections. Bad connections can give you false conditions of battery and alternator.

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Yes Always check charging system

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