Replace Your Battery Before WinterOctober 25, 2019 3:44 pm
The weather has finally begun to shift, and that means that winter is just around the corner. The reality is that all the heat that we have experienced this year has taken a toll on your vehicle, no matter how new or old your vehicle is. Heat is especially hard on your battery, as excessive heat and prolonged exposure can cause the fluid in your battery to evaporate, making it much more difficult to start your car up. If you don’t check your battery before winter comes, that low fluid level in your battery can make your car’s battery extremely temperamental all winter long. If you are looking for a replacement battery and the parts you need to make sure that your battery survives the cold of winter, come into your local U Pull And Pay today. Our expert staff will help you find the exact parts you need while giving you the tips and tricks you need to get the job done. Here are five easy steps for how you can easily change out your car’s battery.
Get A Replacement Battery And The Necessary Parts
The first thing that you need to do is do a bit of research to learn about what kind and size of battery your car needs. Take the time to read through your owner’s manual to find out what kind of replacement battery you need. If you have any questions about what battery is right for your vehicle, come into your local U Pull And Pay. Our expert staff will help you find exactly what you need at an unbeatable price.
Disconnect Your Battery Cables
Before you get to work on this project, you need to prep your space and get on a good pair of work gloves. If your battery is extremely old or you think it may have some leaks in it, you will want to put on a pair of work goggles or protective glasses. Once you are prepared to get to work, you can start by popping your hood and disconnecting your battery cables. Make sure that your car is off and that your keys are out of the ignition. Start by loosening the nut on the negative or black terminal first. Once you remove that nut, pull the cable off the battery and follow the same steps with the red positive terminal.
Remove The Old Battery
Once you have both cables detached, you can start the battery removal process. Most batteries are secured by either a clamp or strap, which you will have to remove. Depending on whether your battery is secured by clamps or a strap, you will need to loosen or unfasten it so that you can lift the battery out. Once the cables are detached and you have removed the clamps or straps, you should be able to easily lift your battery out.
Clean Out Any Erosion Or Damage
Once the battery is out, inspect the battery tray, cables, and clamps for any acid corrosion. If you see any damage, take a contact cleaner and a wire brush and scrape away any corrosion. You can also use baking soda and water if you’d like. Once you’ve cleaned any corrosion off, coat your battery terminals with an anti-corrosion solution.
Install Your New Battery
Your new battery will weigh about 40 pounds, so make sure that that you get help if you have any issues lifting heavy weights. All you need to do is slide in your new battery and reverse the steps you followed to remove your battery.
If you are looking for a new battery for your car, come into your local U Pull And Pay today. Our expert repair staff will help you get all the parts and tips you need to successfully tackle any DIY project.
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This post was written by Jonathan Kling