How to Remove a Car Battery

Male mechanic changing car battery

Your vehicle’s battery is an important component. It starts the vehicle up, keeps it running, and helps power all of the electrical components. There will come a time when you need to remove the battery to look for signs of damage and replace it when needed. While this is a simple task you can do by yourself, it’s important to make sure it’s done correctly to avoid any injuries. Learn how to remove a car battery safely in this helpful service guide from Nyle Maxwell CDJR of Taylor.

 

Preparation

Car batteries can hold enough charge to deliver a deadly shock, which is why you need to wear insulated work gloves. The Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram service center at Nyle Maxwell CDJR of Taylor also recommends wearing safety goggles to keep your eyes protected from corrosive agents. Before getting started, turn your Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram vehicle off – running vehicles produce more spark and ignite flammable agents.

You should also:

  • Get some zip ties or another form of restraint to keep the battery cables in their proper place. If they touch, it can create a spark and become a fire hazard, so preventing them from touching is essential.
  • Cover the positive cable end with a cloth once it is removed to avoid the risk of metal-to-metal contact.
  • Remove any jewelry — including necklaces, watches, and bracelets — to prevent getting a shock if they come in contact with the battery.
  • Ensure you’re in a well-ventilated area to prevent exposure to harmful gases.

If the terminal is fused, you will need to use a special battery cable removal tool to get it loose. These are available at our parts department as well as general auto parts stores.

Removal

Once you are ready, follow these simple steps to removing the battery safely:

  • Find the negative terminal. It should have a black plastic cover or a minus sign and will be located either on the post or in close proximity.
  • Take hold of the bolt head of the negative terminal with a wrench or pliers and hold it still.
  • Use other pliers or wrench to remove the nut, then pull off the negative cable and secure it away from the battery.
  • Repeat the above step for the positive cable, taking care that the two battery cables do not touch.
  • If the battery is held by a securing bracket, use your pliers or wrench to take out the screws and bolts that hold it in place.
  • Lift the battery straight out of the bracket. Keep in mind that it may weigh up to 40 pounds.

Find Out More About Removing a Car Battery With Nyle Maxwell CDJR of Taylor

Avoid breakdowns between Georgetown and College Station and make sure you know how to remove a car battery safely. Contact us today for additional information or assistance. You can also schedule a service appointment if you would prefer a Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram-trained and certified technician to handle it. We also offer battery service specials to help you save. Our service team can also address other issues you may be experiencing with your vehicle, such as an illuminated TPMS light that won’t turn off.

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