how to change a car battery

How to secure a battery to a bracket?

Secure the new battery to the bracket and grease the terminals. Place the new battery in the battery tray and secure it to the bracket. Simply reverse the process you used to remove the battery from the bracket. Then, coat each of the terminals in a thin layer of lithium grease to prevent corrosion.

How to clean corrosion off battery terminals?

Check the terminals for powdery buildup, which may be green, blue, gray, or white. Use an emery cloth or 100-grit sandpaper to carefully clean the corrosion off of the terminals until they’re shiny.

What is the red terminal on a car?

The positive terminal is typically red and might be marked with a plus sign (+). Remove the plastic cover over the terminal, if your vehicle has one, then use a wrench to loosen the positive cable clamp and take the cable off of the terminal. Secure the cable to the engine bay with a cable clamp.

How to change a car battery?

To change a car battery, pop the hood of your car and locate the battery, which will be kept on either side of the car’s frame. Disconnect the negative terminal, which is labeled with a minus sign, before disconnecting the positive terminal to keep it from short-circuiting.

How to protect yourself from hydrogen gas?

Put on safety gear and pop your hood. Batteries contain a sulfuric acid electrolyte solution, which is highly corrosive, can burn your skin, and produces flammable hydrogen gas. Put on insulated work gloves and safety goggles to protect yourself. Then, open your hood and prop it up with a rod, if necessary.

Who is Hovig Manouchekian?

This article was co-authored by Hovig Manouchekian. Hovig Manouchekian is an Auto Repair and Design Specialist and the Manager of Funk Brothers Auto , a family-owned business operated since 1925. With over 30 years of experience in the automotive industry, Hovig specializes in the process of auto repair and maintenance. He is also very knowledgeable in common automotive issues and needs including engine repair, battery replacement, and windshield accessory and maintenance. Hovig’s knowledge and hard work have contributed to Funk Brothers Auto winning Angie’s List Super Service Award for five consecutive years. This article has been viewed 1,794,544 times.

Where is the battery in a car?

Look for the battery in one corner of the engine bay, either near the windshield or the front bumper on either side of the car. Find the rectangular battery box which has 2 cables attached to it. If you have a newer car, the battery might be underneath a plastic cover, so remove the cover if necessary.

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