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How To Replace A Car Battery

by Courtney Kennedy

Car batteries are one of the most essential parts of your vehicle. Without a properly functioning battery, your car's electronics, lights, and even ignition system won't work, effectively leaving your car a massive waste of space in your driveway. If your battery has been performing poorly and no longer holds a charge, it may be time for you to replace it. Thankfully, this is a relatively simple process that you can complete in just a couple of minutes with the right tools.

Before You Begin

Gather all the materials and tools that you'll be using before you get started to streamline the process as much as possible. You'll need a replacement batter (check the owner's manual to see what the specifications are for your vehicle), a battery terminal puller, an adjustable wrench, a mixture of water and baking soda in a spray bottle, a wire brush, and a pair of protective gloves. All of these items can be found at most hardware and automotive supply stores if you do not already own them.

Replacing a Car Battery

First, make sure that your vehicle is parked on a flat surface with the parking brake on and that the engine has been off for a few hours.

Then, use the battery terminal puller to remove the negative cable (the one that is labeled in black) from the battery. Be sure to remove this cable first, as it closes the circuit and prevents you from being electrocuted. Then, remove the positive (red) cable from the battery.

Now you can use the adjustable wrench to loosen the clamp holding the battery in place in its bracket.

Wearing the gloves, remove the battery from the casing. Inspect the battery and the casing for signs of corrosion. You'll want to spray some of the baking soda solution on any rust on the bracket and scrub away with the wire brush to remove it, as it can cause damage to the new battery if left unchecked. Inspect the connectors and scrub those as well, if necessary.

Now all you have to do is place the replacement battery within the newly cleaned bracket. Attach the positive (red) cable to the positive terminal of the new battery first, and then the negative (black) one.

You can then use the wrench to tighten the clamp that holds the battery in place. You should now be able to start your vehicle as you normally would: if the ignition turns over or won't catch, inspect the cable connectors and ensure that they are properly in place. If the vehicle still won't start, the issue may be with your ignition system and you should go see a mechanic. 

For more information, you will want to contact a company such as Battery Tree.

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