How to Disconnect and Install a Car Battery

Auto Mechanic Replacing Car Battery

Is your engine slow to start? Do you hear clicking noises when you turn the ignition? It might be time to replace the battery. Fortunately, it’s a simple repair that a lot of Clearwater drivers have done themselves. Just follow the instructions below on how to disconnect and install a car battery.

 

 

How to Disconnect and Install a Car Battery the Right Way

It’s not a good feeling when it’s time to start your morning Tampa commute and you’ve come out to discover your battery is dead. Just follow these instructions on how to disconnect and install a car battery, and you’ll be on your way:

Removing Your Old Battery

  • Double-check that the car is in park, the ignition is turned off, and the parking brake is engaged.
  • Find your battery. It’s normally toward the front of the engine compartment, along either side.
  • Detach the negative (-) cable from the battery before removing the negative cable. Do not allow the wrench to touch both the negative and positive terminals at the same time.
  • Detach the positive (+) cable from the battery after the negative cable is completely disconnected.
  • Some cars have a bracket or something else holding the battery in place. You’ll need to remove it.
  • Remove the old battery. Don’t throw it in the dumpster! Batteries need to be recycled. Take it to the retailer where you bought the new battery so that you can get a refund on your core charge.

Installing the New Battery

  • Inspect the connectors on the ends of the positive and negative cables for corrosion. Clean with a wire brush.
  • Set the new battery in place. Replace the bracket.
  • Connect the positive (+) cable first.
  • Connect the negative (-) cable second. It is very important to connect these cables in the right order to avoid a short or electrical shock.
  • Turn on the engine to test.

Need Help? Call Us!

Most battery installations go without a hitch, but sometimes even simple repairs get trickier than anticipated. There’s no shame in asking for help. The service experts at Ocean Honda of Port Richey are happy to assist with any service needs you may have. You can even schedule an appointment online. We’re just down the road from Wesley Chapel, so drop by or contact us today!

 

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