Everyone knows that automotive batteries don’t last forever. If your car needs a jump-start, or it’s been five to six years since you got a new battery, or you notice your headlights dimming, it might be the time for a change.
You can go to a reliable and experienced auto mechanic to get the job done or you can do it yourself with a few simple and easy steps. In most cars and vans, changing a battery is a quick and easy task and can be done with a few tools.
Here are few important steps that will clear your mind about how to change a car battery.
Do you need a new battery?
Try to figure out if the problem is with the battery. If you installed the new battery without knowing the problem, you’ll be losing your time and money. Here are a few tips that can help you understand if you need to know how to change a car battery.
If there is whitish or blue residue sulphate built-up around the terminal, the issue of the battery can be resolved by removing it. Your skin may start burning with the dried out sulfuric acid the powder may contain in it, therefore, we suggest you not to touch it with your bare hands.
Drive for 30 minutes (with minimal electrical usage) to confirm that you’ve given the proper chance to the battery to recharge.
Buy the correct replacement battery: –
The automotive batteries vary in electrical capacity and the size, therefore, you must have proper information about your car’s model, make engine size and the type of battery you need when you go to a local auto parts store.
You will be charged a “core” fee in some areas of the US for purchasing a new battery. You can skip this fee if you bring your old battery at the time of purchase or after that.
Remove the car battery: –
Remove any clamps, bar or screws holding the battery in place and unfasten the battery holder. Lift the battery out of the car very carefully. If you have any back problems, get a helping hand to lift the battery out of the car because a battery can weigh 13.5 to 27 kilos or 30 to 60 pounds.
Put in New battery: –
Clean the battery tray and the terminal clamps: –
Use a wire brush and a baking soda solution to clean the battery tray and terminal clamps. Consider repair or replacement by a mechanic if you find any harmful corrosion the cables or the terminal ends. Otherwise, wait before moving onto the next step to let the area dry.
Replace the battery: –
Keep the positive and negative terminals on the right sides when replacing the old battery with new one. Connect all the bars, clamps or screws that may hold the battery in place.
Reconnect the positive terminal: –
Use a wrench in order to tighten the clamps.
Reconnect the negative terminal: –
Again, use the wrench to tighten the clamp.
Apply battery lithium grease: –
In order to prevent corrosion, spray the lithium grease on the terminals.
Close the hood: –
Start your car after shutting the hood firmly to check if all the devices are working perfectly.