How to Change your Car Battery like a Pro
Corner Park Garages, Swansea and Cardiff
June 30, 2016 at 11:44 AM
One of the simplest things you can do with your car is changing the battery. There are several indicators to warn you that you should replace the vehicle battery. Although battery manufacturers will always claim the product will last for more than five years, ordinary car batteries will last for only two years. It is advisable to change car after two and a half years to avoid problems with the car. Some of these signs include:
Indicators that the car battery needs to be replaced
When an engine crank bit fails to start, it is a sign of an old battery that needs replacement. Although the problem may be caused by something else, it is more likely to be as a result of old battery. An old battery will make the vehicle not only fail to start but have failed cranks and lights. The battery is usually the first culprit when the car shows no sign of life. Other complex problem will be as a result of both battery failure alternator faults. When the battery terminals are loose or broken, the car will have starting problems. Jump-starting the vehicle more than three times a day signals problems with the battery. It’s time to change and get a new one.
Steps to follow when changing car battery
Removing the old car battery
To change a car battery, you will require a crescent wrench, adjustable wrench, and pliers. You may also want to use a hammer and battery terminal cleaner. First, ensure the engine is off and detach the black negative cable from the old battery. The negative cable can be identified with a minus sign. Use your hands to pull up the ends of the wire. Detach the red positive cable from the battery. The positive terminal has a plus sign. Using a crescent wrench, remove the battery's hold gently- down- clamp. Turn the nuts in a counter-clockwise direction using pliers. While removing the old battery, check out for crack and leaks. Any leak that contacts your skin may be harmful. The battery can also produce electrical sparks or an explosion that may lead to serious problems. Next, remove the battery from the battery tray using its handles. For batteries without handles, grab from the bottom while taking care since it's a heavy product. Progress to clean any collusion that may be left behind using battery cleaning solution. Use wire brushes to clean the connecting cables.
Inserting the new battery
The last step in changing cars battery involves erecting the new battery in the car. Slowly and gently place the new battery in the exact position where the old battery was. Use the coloured plate caps that come with the new battery to identify the positive and the negative post. Slide the end clamp into the positive post of the new battery until its firm. Insert the negative terminal into the negative post. After putting the terminals into their respective posts, spray both terminals with anti-corrosion solutions. You can as well use Lithium grease to prevent corrosion. Attach the positive and positive cables into the new battery. Make sure all the cables are firm and tight. Finally, close the car's hood and ensure all the electronic devices are functioning.
After a successful battery changing procedure, dispose of the old battery in a dependable recycling centre or a service station.