Yes, you can replace your car’s dead battery with little to no experience working on cars. It really isn’t much more involved than changing a flat tire on your car. Here’s how you do it.
What tools do I need to change my car battery?
You’ll need battery pliers or wrench in order to loosen the nut that holds the negative battery cable to the battery itself. Investing in a combination wrench is needed as well. Of course, you’ll also need to get a replacement battery as well. Mix together a solution of baking powder and water in case you find corrosion on the cables or battery tray.
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Changing the battery of your car
It’s a fairly simplistic process. You’ll need to open the hood of your car in order to reach the battery. Once you’ve located it, take the battery pliers and loosen the nut, then twist off the negative battery cable from the battery. You can identify the negative cable with either the negative sign and the color of the cable (black).
After that, you can do the same to the red, or positive, battery cable. Then, use the combination wrench on the clamp that holds the battery in place. Once it’s removed, you can lift the battery out—it is heavy, so be careful not to hurt yourself or your car by accidentally dropping it.
If there is any gunk left behind (ie; corrosion), clean it off with a mix of baking soda and water. Do the same with the battery cable connectors as well. Then, put the new battery in. This time, you’ll want to attach the red battery cable first, and then the black battery cable. Make sure everything is tight. If it wiggles a lot, the battery probably isn’t secure enough and your car may not start.
Of course, if you don’t have the time needed to replace your car battery, Matt Castrucci Honda is able to help you out! Our team of professionals will take the best care of your car; all you need to do is schedule your vehicle for service!