How to Install a Car Battery

Car Battery

If you’re an amatuer automotive DIYer, knowing how to install a car battery is a good skill to have. The parts department at Albany Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM has a selection of batteries and can help you choose the best one for your make and model. Our technicians can also help you get the other tools you’ll need when you install your own car battery, which include:

  • Wrenches
  • Battery cleaning solution
  • Wire brush
  • Pliers
  • Anti-corrosion spray
  • Thick rubber gloves
  • Protective eyewear

That’s just the beginning of how to instsall a car battery. If you’re more interested in finding car battery installation near Tifton or Cordele, the schedule service with Albany Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM.

How to Install a Car Battery: Step-by-Step

As with most auto repairs, you need to park the car with the parking brake engaged. Turn off the engine and let the engine cool. When moving the battery, be extremely careful to avoid spilling battery acid. Battery acid is highly corrosive and can cause chemical burns. Always wear rubber gloves and protective eyewear.

Once it’s safe to start your battery installation, follow these steps:

  1. Using a wrench, loosen the nut that secures the black cable to the battery. If the nut sticks, don’t use a screwdriver or another tool on it. Try to loosen it more with the wrench until it gives. If you still can’t get it, try some penetrating oil.
  2. Twist and pull the black cable off.
  3. Follow the same steps to remove the red battery cable from the positive terminal.
  4. Loosen then remove the battery hold-down clamp.
  5. Remove the old battery carefully with both hands. Car batteries are heavy, so use proper lifting techniques.
  6. Use a baking soda and water mixture or a battery cleaning product to remove corrosion that may have built up in the battery tray or the hold-down clamp. Use a wire brush and cleaning solution to clean off the battery cable connectors.
  7. Place the brand-new battery in the battery tray, then secure it by tightening the hold-down clamp.
  8. Spray anti-corrosion solution on the new battery’s positive and negative terminals before connecting.
  9. Connect the red cable first, then connect the black cable.
  10. Make sure the connections are secure, then try to move the battery. It shouldn’t move at all.
  11. Start the engine. If the battery has been properly connected, the engine should start right up with no issues.

Get Car Battery Installation Near Valdosta at Albany Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM

If our guide to how to install a car battery has you ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work, great! Check out our service tips for more small automotive DIY projects that can help you save money. Or, if reading this has you looking for car battery installation near home or work, turn to the service team at Albany Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM.


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