HOW DO I CHANGE A CAR BATTERY?
No car battery lasts forever. Things to take note of are if your headlights are dimming, how old is your battery, has your car needed a jump-start. If you've experienced any of this, it may be time for a new battery. You should bring your vehicle to an experience and trusted Mechanic but if you have to do it yourself, here are some rules.
MAKE SURE THE BATTERY NEEDS TO BE REPLACED
- Look for build up in the form of a whitish or blue residue around the terminal - removing this can sometimes resolve the issue. DO NOT TOUCH THIS POWDER AS IT CAN OFTEN CONTAIN DRIED SULFURIC ACID, WHICH WILL CORRODE YOUR SKIN.
- Verify that the battery has been given the chance to recharge by driving constantly for 30 minutes with minimal electrical use, including not running the A/C.
- Check the alternator. Some cars also have a battery meter, with the engine running, the alternator usually maintains a charge close to 13.8-14.2 volts in a properly functioning charging system. The battery should have 12.4 - 12.8 volts with the engine off and no accessory load.
After all of this, should you actually need a new battery, be sure to buy the correct replacement battery. In some areas of the world, you will be charged a "core" charge when you purchase a new battery, but if you bring in your old battery after or when purchasing the new one, you may not be charged this fee.
BEFORE REMOVING THE BATTERY
- Set up a secure working environment. Park on a flat, level surface at a safe distance from traffic sparks or open flames. Put on the parking brake. Put on gloves and safety goggles.
- Remove the cigarette lighter and plug the memory keeper into socket. If you don't have a memory keeper make sure you have all the PINs for your electronic equipment before you start. You may wish to check your owner's manual to see what devices will be affected.
REMOVE THE OLD BATTERY AND INSTALL THE NEW BATTERY
- Locate the battery - The battery should be located in an accessible part on either side of the vehicle's frame. The battery is a rectangular box with two cables attached to it. In some european vehicles the battery is under the matting in the trunk, or inside the fender of the wheel well.
- Identify battery terminals - Locate the positive and the negative terminals. The positive terminal will have a plus sign and the negative terminal will have a minus sign.
- Disconnect the negative terminal - Loosen the negative clamp with a wrench and slide it off of the terminal. It is important that you disconnect the negative terminal socket before the positive terminal socket, otherwise you may short circuit the positive terminal to a grounded part of the car.
- Disconnect the positive terminal.
- Remove the vehicle battery and put in the new battery.
- Reconnect the positive and negative terminals.
- Tighten the clamps using a wrench.
- Close the hood - Shut the hood of your vehicle firmly and start your car.
- Check that all the electronic devices are working properly.
- REMEMBER TO PROPERLY DISPOSE OF THE OLD BATTERY.
If you are uncomfortable replacing the battery yourself or if you are experiencing any other issue with your vehicle, please contact our Service Department for a fast and cost efficient solution.