Cheapest way for me to diagnose car troubles.
May 29, 2009 6:43 AM Subscribe
Engine is turning over slowly and I think it might be the battery. Affordable way to check this myself or just take it into the garage?
posted by scarello to travel & transportation (31 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The other day, I went to start my 2002 Toyota echo, and the engine had a really slow turn over before it finally started. I notice if I give it a bit of gas, it starts right away. No check engine or battery lights come on while driving around town. From the research I have been doing, it seems to suggest either the battery or the alternator. My wife bought the car used 3 years ago, so there is a good chance it is the original battery, so i am leaning toward a dying battery. Is there a cheap way to figure this out? I don't own a battery charger or a voltmeter, and am trying to figure out if it's cheaper to just have the dealer check it out when we bring the car in for an oil change tomorrow or pick up some items at the auto store and test it myself tonight (and get some tools in the process). Suggestions?