How To Change Out Your Battery

October 2, 2020 4:08 pm Published by

The cold weather of fall and winter can be extremely tough on your electrical systems. So much so that your car’s battery can lose over 50% of its ability to hold a charge as the weather drops below freezing. The best way to make sure that you are ready to handle the cold weather and that your car’s electrical system is ready for another harsh winter is to change out your battery. If you are looking for a replacement battery or any other components you need for your DIY projects come into your local U Pull And Pay today. Our expert staff will help walk you through the steps and parts you need to handle any project. Here are seven steps to help you easily change out your car’s battery.

Secure Your Vehicle

Park your vehicle on a safe and flat area, engage the parking brake, and pop your hood. Make sure that your engine is off and you have given your vehicle enough time to cool off.

Locate Your Battery

Depending on your vehicle, your battery could be located in a wide variety of locations. Take your time to find your battery and establish which end is the positive and which end is the negative end. The positive terminal will be labeled with a + and have a red plastic cover whereas the negative end will be labeled with a – and have black markings.

Remove the Cables

Make sure that you remove the negative cable first by using a wrench to loosen the nut on the negative terminal. Make sure that you do not allow any metal to come in contact with both ends of the battery as this will result in an extremely painful and dangerous shock. After you remove the negative cable, remove the positive cable and set the cables safely aside.

Remove the Battery

Once you have detached the cables and safely put them aside, you can begin removing the battery. Start by removing the clamp or clamps holding the battery in place. Set the fasteners and clamps aside and get ready to pull the battery out. Most batteries are heavy, between 40-60 pounds, and it will require a bit of strength to pull out of your vehicle. Do not jostle the battery as battery acid can spill out and damage both your vehicle and your skin.

Clean the Connectors

Use a wire brush and some battery cleaning solution, or a mixture of baking soda and water to scrub the connectors clean. Dry the parts thoroughly before moving on to the next step.

Place the New Battery

Prep your new battery by using an anti-corrosion solution or anti-corrosion washers on each terminal. Align the battery in the correct direction and slide your battery into the tray. Install the clamps back in place and secure the new battery.

Reattach Your Cables

Connect the red positive cable first to the positive (+) end of the battery, using a wrench to secure the cable. Repeat this process with the black negative side. Once this is done, your battery is good to go!

If you want to learn more about replacing your battery or any other DIY car care project, come into your local U Pull And Pay today. Our expert staff will help you find all the parts you need for a price that you will love.


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This post was written by Jonathan Kling