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How to Disconnect and Install a Car Battery

Auto Mechanic Replacing Car Battery

 

If your car won’t jumpstart, you may need to replace your battery. Thankfully, it isn’t very difficult to do right in your driveway in Anderson. Learn how to disconnect and install a car battery from the team at the Victory Honda of Muncie service center below. Contact us if you have any questions. 

The Right Way to Replace Your Car Battery

It can be pretty frustrating when your car just won’t start, or if you have to jump start it every time you want to go anywhere. As long as you have a replacement battery, you can fix this problem quickly and easily. Follow our guide to how to disconnect and install a car battery, and you’ll be back on Fishers streets in no time:

Disconnecting and Removing the Dead Battery

  • Park your car, engage its parking brake, and make sure that the ignition is completely off. 
  • Open the hood and locate your battery. It’s often in front of the engine and a little to the side, but your owner’s manual can help you if you don’t immediately find it. 
  • Now remove the cables on your battery. Start with the negative (-) cable, and then remove the positive (+) cable. Be sure to do this in the correct order. Prevent your wrench or any piece of metal from touching both the positive and negative terminals at once. 
  • There may be a bar or a compartment holding the battery in place. Remove that too. 
  • Now that the battery is free, pick it up by the handle or from the bottom using both hands. DO NOT THROW IT AWAY. Car batteries are filled with toxic materials that must be properly recycled. Most auto parts stores can recycle them for you, and may even give you a discount on a new battery.

Installing the New Battery

  • Check the connectors on the cables. If there is corrosion (it will look like white or greenish powder), scrub it off with a wire brush.
  • Put the battery into the appropriate spot and replace the compartment or bar. Make sure the battery doesn’t move. 
  • Attach the cables, being sure to follow the opposite order from before. In other words, plug in the positive (+) cable first, then plug in the negative (-) cable. Plugging them in in the wrong order could give you a nasty shock, or short circuit your car. 
  • Try and turn on the engine.

Car Still Won’t Start? Victory Honda of Muncie Can Help

If you’ve replaced your battery and your car still won’t start, you may have a problem with your starter or some other part of your car. Schedule service with us today, and we’ll help diagnose and fix the problem as soon as possible. Our service specials may be able to help you get a great deal on your service too!

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