My battery went dead yesterday. I couldn't hear the usual cranking sound of starter. just a faint click when try starting the engine. replaced the battery then all was fine. I tested the voltage across the battery with the engine running, I got 14v DC. Is this how you check the alternator? It's a 1litre 2001 polo hatchback. The maintenance free battery only lasted around 5 years and I dont use my car alot at all.
Is there any tips you can give me to stop this from happening? Is there anything else that could of caused the battery to die?