How to Install a Car Battery

Auto Mechanic Replacing Car Battery
 

Performing service on your car yourself can be an affordable and rewarding way to make sure that your car is continuing to run smoothly in Farmingdale. While car battery installation near Smithtown can be straightforward and easy when you use our service center, doing it yourself in a pinch can be important. Read on with the team at Atlantic Cadillac to learn how to install a car battery, as well as how to connect a car battery properly, and what equipment you’ll need. If you have any questions about car battery installation near Melville, or any other services needed, contact us or schedule service in our service department today. 

Proper Equipment

To properly perform a car battery replacement, you’ll first need to have the proper tools and parts. Some of the tools needed include: Wrenches, battery cleaning solution, a new battery, wire brush, pliers, and anti-corrosion spray. If you need assistance with finding the right battery, reach out to our parts department to find the battery that’s right for your model. Be sure to also wear thick rubber gloves when handling the battery, and always handle the battery safely to avoid spilling battery acid. 

Steps for How to Install a Car Battery

  1. Start by turning off the engine and activating the parking brake. Pop the hood to locate the battery and remove any protective covering. With a wrench, loosen the nut connecting the black cable (negative) to the battery. 
  2. After the nut is loosened, gently twist and pull the cable off. If the cable doesn’t pull off easily, don’t try to pry it off with another tool, as this can cause further damage to the battery. 
  3. Repeat the steps for removing the cable on the red battery cable (positive). 
  4. Locate the battery hold-down clamp holding the battery in its spot, then loosen and remove it.
  5. The battery should be ready to be removed, but be sure to carefully take it out using both hands. The battery is heavy and battery acid is dangerous. 
  6. Inspect the battery tray and hold-down clamp for any corrosion. If there is, use a mixture of baking soda and water or a battery cleaning product to remove the corrosion.
  7. Using a wire brush and a cleaning solution, also ensure there is no corrosion on the battery cable connectors.
  8. Now, the new battery is ready to be installed. Carefully place the new battery in the battery tray and attach the hold-down clamp.
  9. For further protection and extended battery life, spray an anti-corrosion solution on the positive and negative terminals of the battery before reattaching the cables. 
  10. Reattach the battery cable to the terminals by first connecting the red (positive) cable, then the black (negative) cable.
  11. Ensure that the cables are properly tightened, so the battery is secure and doesn’t move. 
  12. Replace the battery cover, close the hood, and start your vehicle

Find Other Car Battery Installation Tips Near You With Atlantic Cadillac

Now that you know how to install a car battery, and how to properly connect a battery, you can get back to driving today without worrying. If you’re looking for some other car service tips and tricks, you can find them with Atlantic Cadillac. Curious about how long a car battery lasts in the first place? We’ve got you covered. You can come to use it for all of your automotive service needs!

 

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