How to Install a Car Battery

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Wondering how to install a car battery? While it is not a difficult process, there are a few things to keep in mind to make sure you are performing this maintenance task safely. The first step is to ensure you have the proper tools and parts that are necessary: Wrenches, battery cleaning solution, a new battery, wire brush, pliers, and anti-corrosion spray. It is also important to wear thick rubber gloves to keep your hands protected. When you move the battery, take extra caution to avoid spilling battery acid. If you are not comfortable performing this task on your own and are searching for “car battery replacement near me,” the experts at Auffenberg Dealer Group would be happy to help.

Car Battery Installation Steps

  1. Turn off your vehicle’s engine and activate the parking brake. Pop the hood open to find the battery. You will need to loosen the nut connecting the black cable (negative cable) from the battery using a wrench. If you have a specific battery wrench or pliers on hand, this step will be much easier.
  2. Once the nut is loosened, twist and pull the cable off. If it’s stuck, do not use a different tool to pry it off. Doing so could lead to battery damage.
  3. To remove the red battery cable from the positive terminal, simply repeat the steps listed above.
  4. The battery hold-down clamp keeps the battery from moving around in the engine. You will need to loosen it and remove it.
  5. Now you are able to remove the battery. When taking the battery out, use both hands because it is heavy. If the battery is dropped, an unsafe leak can occur.
  6. Remove any corrosion that might be in the battery tray or hold-down clamp. A battery cleaning product or a solution of baking soda and water will work just fine.
  7. With a wire brush, clean off the battery cable connectors using the same cleaning product in the step before.
  8. After this is complete, you can install the new battery. Place it in the battery tray and tighten the hold-down clamp.
  9. If you have an anti-corrosion solution, spray it on the positive and negative terminal of the new battery before it is once again connected. Not only can this minimize the chance that corrosion will occur, but it can also prolong the life of your battery.
  10. Attach the battery cables to the battery terminals. The red cable should be connected first before the black cable.
  11. Double-check the connections to make sure they’re secure. Test the fit of the battery and make sure it doesn’t move.
  12. Start the car. If any issues arise, do not hesitate to contact the service center at Auffenberg Dealer Group with any questions. It’s our job to ensure your vehicle runs smoothly for many years to come.
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Now that you know how to install a car battery, you may still prefer to leave this task up to a professional. That’s ok! You can easily set up an appointment online at Auffenberg Dealer Group. We would be more than happy to assist you. Remember to also take a look at our service specials to save on routine maintenance.

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