Installing a Car Battery
Installing A Car Battery
An automobile battery is not eternal. One of these days you will need to replace it if you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere with a car that won’t start. Prior to installing a car battery, however, you need to study a few things. But, you’ll be pleased to know that installing a car battery is easier than you might think.
Before anything else, be sure to keep your car manual handy in case you need it. You want to look for the specifications of your battery because you need them when replacing the original equipment manufacturer battery that’s preinstalled in your car. The numbers you need to remember are the CCA (cold cranking amps), RC (reserve capacity, measured in minutes), and the GROUP code. These numbers are also available on the top of your battery but they can become illegible through time. You want to replace your car battery with one that has at least equal CCA rating, and you want the RC rating as high as possible. And you want the group code to be the same as your previous battery.
Once you have gotten the right battery for your car, you’re now ready to install your new battery.
Before uninstalling your old car battery, remember the orientation of the terminals so that you can orient your new battery correctly from the beginning. Installing a car battery begins with unscrewing the battery straps and taking out the negative terminal before the positive terminal of your old battery. You need a wrench and a screwdriver to do this.
Unscrew the bracket that holds the battery in place. Use a wrench to loosen the bolts of the negative terminal; then remove the clamp. Repeat with the positive terminal. Do not let the wrench touch both terminals at once. Carefully lift out the battery.
Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 1 pint of water. Before placing the new battery in clean the battery tray and clamps from rust that forms naturally. You can use baking soda paste and metal brush for this purpose or Dip an old toothbrush in the solution and scrub off any corrosion covering the terminal clamps or battery tray. Dry with a clean rag.
Place the new battery in the tray. Find the terminal cables and clamps then reattach the positive cable to the positive battery terminal first and then the negative one. Make sure that the positive and negative terminals are facing in the correct direction.
Secure the battery with the battery straps making sure that it will not wobble if you wiggle it. Slather Vaseline on the terminals to prevent corrosion. Once done, your car should start in a flash. Take the old battery to an auto-supply store or recycling center.
Putting in a car battery is easier than you may believe. Anyone who can lift the battery can do it even without help from someone else. So the next time your car battery conks out, think of the numbers before buying your replacement and you will be able to install it anywhere you left your car – hopefully in your garage safe and sound.
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