Do it Yourself | Changing A Car Battery

My dad has been a do-it-yourselfer ever since I can remember. When I got my first new car in high school, the minute it needed a new battery he took the chance to teach me how to do it myself. And frankly, with a dead battery it tends to be something you have to do yourself because if the battery dies it'll be pretty difficult to get it to a mechanic. So here is a basic step-by-step walkthrough on how to change your vehicles battery so that you're never stranded in busy Edmond without a plan.

To start things off, make sure your car is turned OFF and you are wearing safety gloves. Pop your hood and locate your car's battery, it'll be a large rectangle. Loosen the negative (black) cable by loosening the nut and detaching the cable from it. Then do the same to detach the positive (red) cable. If there is a bracket holding the battery in place, you will want to use a pair of pliers to loosen and remove it. Car batteries are surprisingly heavy, so brace yourself to lift it and use the handle if your battery has one attached. 

When adding in the new battery, make sure you reattach the cables in their appropriate places; positive cable to positive nut, and negative cable to negative nut.  Retighten the bracket back over the battery and you should be all set. If while you're reattaching the battery you notice an corrosion on the cables or connections, use battery cleaning solution and a wire brush to clean off the corrosion and create a better connection.

Car batteries cannot just be tossed out with your regular trash, so make sure you dispose of it properly. In Oklahoma, if you buy the new battery from Wal-Mart, they will also accept your old one to recycle. If you'd rather it be done by a professional, check the excellent rates provided at Edmond Hyundai.