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How to Disconnect and Install a Car Battery

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The “click click click” when turning the ignition may strike fear, but don’t be too nervous. That is the sound of a dead battery and requires only a simple fix! Replacing a car battery is not just a job we can do; you can too! It can be an easy install that does not require extensive expertise. Simply follow the Victory Honda of Sandusky’s service center instructions on how to disconnect and install a car battery and you’ll have your car up and running in no time!

How to Correctly Replace a Car Battery Yourself

Starting your day with a dead car battery is not how most drivers in Toledo envision their mornings. To avoid major delays in the day, follow these instructions:

Removing Your Old Battery

  • Make sure the car is in park, the ignition is turned off, and the parking brake is engaged.
  • Find your battery. It’s usually in the front of the engine compartment, along either side.
  • Detach the negative (-) cable from the battery before removing the negative cable. Do not allow the wrench to touch both the negative and positive terminals at the same time.
  • Detach the positive (+) cable from the battery after the negative cable is completely disconnected.
  • Some cars have a bracket or something else holding the battery in place. Remove the bracket to gain full access to the battery.
  • Remove the old battery, but don’t throw it away! Batteries must be recycled. If you take it to the retailer where you bought the new battery, you can get a refund on your core charge.

Installing the New Battery

  • Inspect the connectors on the ends of the positive and negative cables for corrosion. Clean it with a wire brush.
  • Set the new battery in place and reattach the bracket.
  • Connect the positive (+) cable first.
  • Connect the negative (-) cable second. Make sure to connect the cables in this specific order (positive first, then negative) to avoid a short or electrical shock. 
  • Turn on the engine to test.

Need Help? Call Us!

Most people in Elyria replace their battery without any issues, but things happen. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Calling us at Victory Honda of Sandusky to get some extra service is better than making a big mistake on your car. An expert will assist you in making sure you can get back on the road in Lorain in no time with a fresh battery. If you need additional help, feel free to schedule an appointment online or call us today!


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