The Facts about Auto Battery Replacement
Your car’s battery, like all of the other parts in the vehicle, are made to last a long time – and serve your needs – but are also likely to wear out over time. This is especially true if you keep your car for several years. Modern cars and their component parts are well-constructed and will last a long time, but they will not last forever.
Consider, if you will, your car’s battery. When properly-maintained and charged, it will keep your car running … and it will last for thousands and thousands of miles that you drive. In time, however, even if you do a very good job of battery care and maintenance, it will wear down and need to be replaced.
When it is time to replace your car’s battery, you can go to a repair shop and pay to have it done by a skilled mechanic … or you can save money – lots of it – and replace the battery yourself. It’s not difficult to do, even if you believe that “you’re all thumbs” and if you are not a do-it-yourself kind of guy. Don’t worry … you can change your car’s battery.
In fact, it’s easier than you think. And, once you do the work yourself, you will be able to boast about it to friends and family. Here’s all that needs to be done …
- Purchase a new battery, but only one that is rated well and recommended for your vehicle. It seems like obvious advice, but there are lots of batteries available in the marketplace and most are wrong for your car. If you’re uncertain about which battery to buy, seek professional advice from an auto parts salesman or find the information online.
- Once you have the new battery, open your car’s hood and disconnect the terminals. It’s another obvious step. But, you can’t remove the old battery until you disconnect the terminals that help to hold it in place.
- Remove the frame upon which your battery rests … lift it out, along with the old battery. You may be surprised at the battery’s weight … so be prepared to hold it with two hands. It’s heavy.
- Clean the terminals before you install the new battery. This is an important step. Use a wire brush, or something similar, to thoroughly clean the terminal endings so that you will get good contact and an excellent connection when you install the new battery.
- Now … install your new battery. Simply replace it in the position just held by the old battery. In other words, put it in your car in the exact same position.
- Finally, connect the terminals. Make sure you tighten them and they are secure so that the battery remains in place and the connection between the terminals and the battery is right.
Now … close the hood, get behind the wheel of your car, put the key in the ignition and turn. Your car should start right up. You’re ready to start driving again. And you can feel good about yourself. You changed the battery.