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how to replace car battery

Updated on November 5, 2012


One of the most annoying sound to hear when one starts up the car is the sound of a dead battery. The first thought you will have is why now, it was fine yesterday! This can't be true but it is. A potential death battery does not gives any early warning symptoms, it is either working or be dead the next moment. Thus the next step is to replace the battery and this hub shows how you can do this on your own.

How To Replace Your Car Battery - Step 1

Step 1 - Removed the Dead Battery and Buy the Same or Equivalent Battery.

Replacement of the battery begins with the removal of the old dead battery. The removal process is straight forward. The terminal poles are first loosen and followed by the holder bar of the battery. Once the holder bar is removed, the battery can be taken out.

The next step is to buy a new battery. It is advisable to bring the old battery along to make sure you get the right battery or its equivalent. Once at the retailer shop that sell battery, you will be shown an array of brands of different prices.

Basically the types of batteries are divided into two types. the one that you need to maintain, ie regularly filling up the battery water or the one that is maintenance free.

Once the type and the correct battery selected, it is time to install the new battery into the car.

Car Battery Replacement - Step 2

Step 2 - Battery replacement and the rest of the steps

Placing the new battery is not difficult. However as the new battery is now fully charged, there are some safety steps to pay attention to when installing the new battery back into the battery holder.

Prior to installation and if the new battery comes with plastic covers for the positive and negative terminals, do not remove them. These are only to be removed when installing back the terminal clips.

Thus with this noted, the new battery is placed back properly onto the car's battery holder. Do take note that the positive and negative terminals are facing the correct positions. ( Attention - Do not mixed up the positions or serious damages may occurs to the electronics components of the car)

When the new battery is in-place, fixed the battery holder bar first. Tighten the bar and make sure that the battery is hold in place snugly by it. With this completed it is time to install the terminal clips.

Begin by installing the positive terminal (red in color) first. First removed the plastic cap from the positive battery terminal and install back the terminal clip. Once the clip is tighten make sure the red rubber covering of the clip is properly reinstated.

The rubber cover of the positive terminal clip is for safety as it prevents accidental short circuiting when both terminal are accidentally in contact at the same time. This is why you should install the positive terminal first. If not, the risk of accidental short circuiting is higher if we install the negative terminal. This terminal does not have and rubber covers.

When the positive terminal clip is installed, moved on to the negative terminal ( black in color). Removed the plastic cover of the battery terminal and install back the battery clip. Make sure the clip is properly tighten.

With this, the car battery installation is completed. Use a dry brush to brush off any dust or particles around the battery.

The final step is to test your work by starting the car. You should hear the sweet sound of the starter starting up your car.

Car Battery Replacement Photograph No 1

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A Video of Changing a Car Battery


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    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great Hub. But I have to admit, there is no one I could send it to. They either will and they do -- or they won't and they would not.