How to Remove a Car Battery

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Your car battery is the heart of your vehicle’s electrical system: It starts it up, keeps it running, and powers interior amenities. With all those demands, replacing it is sometimes necessary when its charge runs down, or when you need to check for damage. Removing a car battery is a relatively easy process, but it needs to be done carefully to avoid injury. Consult our guide for how to remove a car battery properly and safely, below.

Preparation

Car batteries certainly hold enough charge to deliver a deadly shock, so always wear work gloves while working with them. Safety goggles are also an essential protection in case of corrosive spatter. And before you start doing the work, turn your car off, since running it can create sparks that ignite flammable materials and exhaust. Follow these steps to ensure these essential prep elements are adhered to:

  • Zip tie battery cables in their proper place so they don’t touch – if they do, sparks can be created.
  • Cover the positive cable end with a cloth to avoid risk of metal-to-metal contact.
  • Remove all your jewelry to prevent shocks if they come in contact with the battery.
  • Work in a well-ventilated area to prevent exposure to harmful gases.

If a terminal is fused, use a special battery cable removal tool to get it loose. Our parts department has them available.
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Removal

Once all these steps have been followed, continue to remove your car battery by carefully taking these steps:

  • Find the negative terminal with a black plastic cover or a minus sign 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.
  • 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, keeping in mind that it may weigh up to 18 kg.

Find Out More About Removing a Car Battery with Manitou Mainline Chrysler

Trying to avoid breakdowns between Regina and Moose Jaw? Dealing with failed starts in Saskatoon? Removing a car battery might be necessary for you. Contact us for additional advice, or schedule service if you’re not comfortable performing the procedure yourself.