How to replace your car battery without the help of a professional
Replacing a car battery without the help of a professional can be done with proper precautions. Here’s a step-by-step guide as revealed by mechanicbase.
Ensure the engine is turned off and the key is removed from the ignition. Put on safety glasses and gloves to protect yourself from any potential hazards.
Find the battery in your vehicle’s engine bay. It is usually a rectangular box with two terminals (positive and negative) and may be covered by a plastic or metal housing.
Identify the positive (+) and negative (-) terminals on the battery. The positive terminal is usually marked with a plus sign and may be red, while the negative terminal is marked with a minus sign and may be black.
Start by disconnecting the negative cable first. Loosen the nut or bolt securing the cable to the negative terminal, then gently wiggle and pull the cable off. Repeat the same process for the positive cable.
Locate any securing brackets or fasteners holding the battery in place. Remove them carefully, then lift the old battery out of its tray. Be cautious as batteries are heavy.
Inspect the battery tray for any corrosion or dirt. Clean it with a mixture of baking soda and water to neutralize any acid or residue. Rinse and dry thoroughly.
Place the new battery into the tray, ensuring the positive and negative terminals align correctly. Secure it in place with the brackets or fasteners.
Begin with the positive cable and tighten it onto the positive terminal. Repeat the same process for the negative cable, ensuring both connections are secure.
Start the vehicle to confirm the battery replacement was successful. Check that all electrical components are functioning properly. Double-check the cables’ tightness and reposition any covers or housing that were removed.