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  • Mon - Sat9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Sun11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Mon - Fri7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - SunClosed
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  • Mon - Fri7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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How to Install a Car Battery

Car Battery

Car battery installation might seem pretty straightforward, but there are a few precautions you’ll need to know to be able to do this safely at home. First, you’ll want to make sure you have the proper tools. These include wrenches, battery cleaning solution, a new battery, wire brush, pliers, and anti-corrosion spray. You’ll also want to make sure you have thick rubber gloves on to protect your hands. Lastly, be cautious as you’ll want to avoid spilling battery acid when moving the battery. If you’re unsure about the process, contact our service team and we’ll walk you through it. If you’d like us to handle the car battery installation, schedule service at Acura of Escondido.

Car Battery Installation Steps

  1. Begin with the engine turned off and the parking brake activated. Open the hood and locate the battery. First loosen the nut connecting the black cable (negative cable) from the battery using a wrench. Specific battery wrenches or pliers can make the job easier.
  2. Once the nut is loosened, twist and pull the cable off. If it’s stuck, don’t use a screwdriver or another tool to pry it off. This can cause damage to the battery.
  3. Using the same steps, remove the red battery cable from the positive terminal.
  4. The battery hold-down clamp keeps the battery from moving around in the engine. Loosen then remove it.
  5. At this point, the battery is ready to be removed. Take it out, but be careful to use both hands. The battery is heavy, and dropping it could cause an unsafe leak.
  6. Remove any corrosion that might be in the battery tray or hold-down clamp. Use a baking soda and water solution or a battery cleaning product.
  7. Take a wire brush and clean off the battery cable connectors with the same cleaning product.
  8. Now you’re ready to install the new battery. Place it in the battery tray and tighten the hold-down clamp.
  9. If you have anti-corrosion solution, spray it on the positive and negative terminal of the new battery before connecting. This can help prevent corrosion and extend the battery life.
  10. Attach the battery cables to the battery terminals, first connecting the red cable, then the black cable.
  11. Double check the connections to make sure they’re secure, then try to move the battery to ensure it won’t move.
  12. Start the car. If you have any issues, consult with the San Diego-area battery experts at Acura of Escondido.

Visit Acura of Escondido for Battery Replacement

No matter if you’re interested in DIY installation or you prefer our technicians take a look, you can turn to the Acura of Escondido service team. Check out our parts department to order the parts you need and save more on the installation. Have questions or want to learn how to replace an Acura key fob battery? Contact us today!

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