The battery of your car is the center of all functions of your car. You will have to do hard labor to get your car started, no music can be played inside the cabin once the car starts and if you feel hot, there is oy one thing you’ll be able to do to solve that, open the windows.
The battery does not help in the movement of the car. That means your car will surely run without the battery, but all the modern conveniences that we are so used to having in our cars will cease to function. But, there is a solution to not fret the loss of your battery, change car battery yourself, when the time comes. No matter how well you drive your car, no matter how well you maintain it, get it repaired, your car batteries will die out one day. You can avoid tow truck costs, calls to the nearest service station while being stranded in the middle of the road by just changing car battery yourself. So, how to replace a car battery?
Well, luckily for everyone who is willing to change their car batteries themselves, this is a pretty straightforward job. The hardest part in this whole car battery replacement
process is to lift the battery out of the car once it has been disconnected as it is quite heavy. So, in this article, we will see how to change car battery, at home, by yourself.
Things to know before installing your battery:
Before you set out to replace car battery with a new one, it is best to know a few things beforehand:
- Before you start working on the battery, ensure that the vehicle is turned off and the emergency brake is set.
- Do not spill battery acid on you, your clothes or the paint body of the car as it is corrosive.
- If possible, recycle your used car battery.
- While installing car battery, please make sure that you have connected the right terminals.
- Even if you think the battery is completely dead, DO NOT let any metal object touch both, the negative as well as the positive terminals. If at all any metal touches the terminals, then it may set off a spark which can cause an explosion.
- While changing a battery, it is recommended that you wear gloves and the necessary eye protection.
Procedure to change battery:
Follow the given steps to replace car battery and make this process a lot easier and safer.
- With the engine off and the emergency brake initiated, open the hood of the car and locate the battery. You can also check your owner’s manual for the location of the battery.
- Identify correctly the negative and the positive terminals of the battery. The positive terminal may have a red plastic cover on it or the color of the cable could be red. There should also be a ‘+’ sign printed on the battery next to the terminal. Once you identify the positive terminal, the other terminal will be the negative one.
- With a wrench, detach the negative battery cable from the battery. The more appropriate tool to use for this purpose would be a battery wrench, but a normal wrench would work just fine.
- Once the bolt is loosened, twist and pull the end of the cable with your hand. If it does not come off easily from the battery, you might have to use a battery terminal puller. This will reduce the chances of damage and extra costs later on.
- Once the cable is removed from the negative terminal, do the same with the positive terminal.
- Using a wrench, remove the battery hold-down clamp that retains the battery in place. Set the fasteners aside to prevent misplacing them.
- Lift the battery out carefully. Do this slowly as batteries are heavy. Grab the battery from the bottom and use both hands. If a battery has a handle, then use that instead.
- Examine the terminals to make sure they’re clean and corrosion-free. Even then, it is prudent to use a battery cleaning solution to clean any residual corrosion. If you do not have a battery cleaning solution, you can also use baking soda to clean out corrosion.
- Also, clean the battery cable connectors with a wire brush. If it has heavy corrosion on it, use a battery cleaning solution on the connectors.
- Position the new battery change so that the positive and negative posts match up to the cable’s location.
- Secure the new battery with the hold-down system that we had removed earlier.
- Spray both the terminals with an anti-corrosion solution and then begin to attach the battery cables.
- While attaching the cables, make sure that you connect the positive terminal first.
- In the end, ensure that all connections are secure and the battery is securely in place.
This is all you need to do to ensure that you don’t end up stranded alone somewhere because your car won’t start. Always remember the last time you recharged your battery to keep track of when to recharge/replace battery