How to install your own car battery, DIY style
When it comes to DIY car care, how confident are you? We know some drivers are pretty adept at handling whatever goes on under the hood while others break out in a cold sweat even thinking about checking their oil. No matter where you stand on DIY car maintenance, it’s always good to have basic knowledge of the main aspects of your vehicle just in case you get into a car emergency.
That’s why today, we’re teaching you how to install a car battery all by your lonesome. We get it – it’s not something you may choose to do on a regular basis and that’s fine; that’s why our Orlando auto service center is here. We can perform car battery maintenance AND replace the battery when necessary while you sip coffee and watch TV in our service waiting area. However, what happens if you’re stuck without a mechanic nearby and need a replacement battery? Knowing how to drop the battery in can save you a lot of time, money, and stress.
Learn how to change your own car battery in an emergency
Before you get started, here are a few things you should do:
- Find out which type of car battery your Orlando Toyota requires. Using the wrong one can cause expensive and even irreparable damage to your vehicle, so ask our Orlando Toyota parts store to give you a hand in choosing one. You can call for assistance seven days a week!
- Check your current car battery for corrosion. Corrosion can make it difficult to detach the cables from the terminals, so you may have to clean up a little first. Usually pouring a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals or cleaning them with a baking soda and water paste will do the trick.
- Gather supplies – you’ll need the new battery, gloves, a socket wrench, and petroleum jelly. Protective eyewear doesn’t hurt, either.
Now let’s get down to it – here are the steps to take to install your new battery DIY style. Remember, if you really get stuck, contact our Orlando Toyota service center!
- First, you’ll turn your car off and pop the hood.
- Next, use your socket wrench to remove the clamps that are attached to the terminals. ALWAYS do the NEGATIVE (Black, -) FIRST, followed by the POSITIVE (Red, +) last. Pull the clamps off and set them aside.
- Pull the old battery out of its housing and set it aside. Remember, you can’t just throw a car battery in the trash – you need to dispose of it appropriately.
- Slide the new battery into place and put petroleum jelly on the clamps. Not only will this be a great conductor, it’ll also help prevent future corrosion on the cables and terminals.
- Next, you’ll need to reattach the clamps to the terminals. You’re going to do the OPPOSITE of what you did when you removed the cables. First, attach the POSITIVE (Red, +) , THEN attach the NEGATIVE (Black, -) to avoid doing damage to your car (or yourself).
- Finally, close the hood and start your car! If it starts up and runs normally, you’re all set.
Call Toyota of Orlando with questions
Still having issues or need some assistance? We’re always here to help. Call Toyota of Orlando seven days a week at (407) 298-0001.