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How to Install a Car Battery

Auto Mechanic Replacing Car Battery

Searching “car battery installation near me?” Before you go ahead and schedule service at your local Hyundai dealership, you may want to consider the DIY route first. As long as you take the proper safety precautions, you can save time and money by purchasing a new battery and installing it yourself. Learn how to install a car battery in the guide below from the Allen Samuels Hyundai service center in Jackson, and be sure to give us a call if you have any questions!

How to Install a Car Battery: Tools & Supplies

Learning how to install a car battery begins with the right tools for the job! You’ll need a pair of thick rubber gloves, a wire brush, wrenches, and a pair of pliers/a battery wrench — all of which you can purchase at any Humboldt-area hardware store.

You’ll most likely need to clean some corrosion from your battery hold-down clamps or other nearby areas. To remove corrosion and prevent it from occurring on your new battery, it’s a good idea to order these supplies from a Hyundai parts center before you get started:

  • Anti-corrosion spray
  • Battery cleaning solution

How to Install a Car Battery: Step-by-Step Guide

In this section, we’ll go over how to remove a car battery, how to check the area for corrosion, and how to install a car battery replacement. Just follow these steps:

  1. Cut the engine and turn on the vehicle’s parking brake.
  2. Open the hood and find the battery. Use your wrench to loosen the nut connecting the black (negative) cable to the battery. Pliers will work fine here, but a battery wrench may make it easier.
  3. After loosening the nut, twist the black cable so that it disconnects from the negative battery terminal.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the red (positive) battery cable to disconnect it from the positive battery terminal.
  5. You’ll see that the battery is secured by the battery hold-down clamp. Remove the bolts, and carefully lift away the clamp.
  6. Lift out the battery with both hands, taking care not to spill battery acid. Car batteries can weigh up to 50 pounds, so ask a friend to help if necessary.
  7. Check the battery tray and battery hold-down clamp for signs of corrosion, and clean them with a battery cleaning solution according to the package instructions. You’ll need a wire brush to properly remove corrosion from the clamp and connectors.
  8. Put the new battery in the battery tray and bolt the battery hold-down clamp into position.
  9. Take a minute to spray anti-corrosion solution on the battery terminals. This will help to prevent corrosion and extend the life of your new battery.
  10. Reconnect the red positive cable first to the positive battery terminal, followed by the negative black cable to the negative battery terminal.
  11. Check the terminal connections once again, and make sure that the battery hold-down clamp is bolted tight.

Where Can I Find Car Battery Installation Near Me in Lexington?

Whether you’re picking up car-car supplies or it’s time for your recommended Hyundai maintenance, we’ve got you covered at Allen Samuels Hyundai. Contact our service center today, or visit us near Dyersburg for more car-care tips from our expert Hyundai technicians.

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