How to Replace Your Car Battery
As you probably already know, batteries don’t last forever so sooner or later they’ll need to be replaced. If you’ve had your battery for longer than you should, it’s time to get a new one. Read on to find out how to replace your car battery.
Step-by-Step Car Battery Changing Process
- Open the hood and find the battery. Remove the battery cable from the battery by loosening the nut.
- Twist the cable and pull it up, being careful not to damage the battery or cables. Using a screwdriver could cause damage, so use a battery terminal puller if necessary.
- Do the same with the red battery cable.
- Remove the clamp holding the battery down with a wrench.
- Remove the battery from the tray using the handle or grabbing the bottom as it may be heavy.
- Clean any corrosion that may be in the area your battery was sitting to make sure it’s prepared for the new one. Do this using either a battery cleaning solution or baking soda and water. Do this with the battery cable connectors as well.
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- Place the new battery in the tray and secure it with the clamp.
- Spray the terminal ends with anti-corrosion solution to help extend the battery life.
- Attach and tighten the red (positive) battery cable and the black (negative) cable.
- Make sure the electrical connection is strong by ensuring everything is tight and snug. If you’re able to move the battery or the cable terminals, it’s not tight enough.
It’s not a difficult process, and your vehicle will be able to continue running at an optimal level with fresh electrical juices running through it. Many battery places will even let you recycle it there for free. Contact Hall Mazda in Brookfield with any additional questions or concerns!