How to Remove a Car Battery

Car Battery Removal

Maintaining the health of a car battery is important but there are times in Lee's Summit when your vehicle has a dead battery that cannot be recharged or even jump-started. At this point, it should be removed and replaced. If you’ve never done it before, you’re probably wondering how to remove a car battery. When done properly, it’s a fairly straightforward process. Read on to learn more from the service team at Cable Dahmer Kia of Lee's Summit! Whether you need battery service or want to learn how to properly wash your car, we’re here for you.

What to Do Before Removing a Car Battery

If handled incorrectly, car batteries can cause damage or injuries. It’s important for Kansas City and Independence drivers to follow these steps to avoid any unnecessary damage to your vehicle or electrical shocks:

  • Park the vehicle in a well-ventilated spot – Batteries can release gases that can be dangerous if they accumulate.
  • Determine which tools you’ll need – Check the owner’s manual to find out which tools you’ll require and have them ready.
  • Grab some zip ties and a wire brush – The zip ties will be used to hold the loose battery cables in place, and the wire brush will help clean off corrosion on the cable ends.
  • Have a cloth handy – Cover the positive cable end to make sure you don’t cause a spark if it touches metal.
  • Remove any metal personal items – Take off watches, jewelry, rings, etc. so you don’t encourage a spark.

Removing Car Battery: Step-by-Step Guide

Remove the car battery in three easy steps:

  1. Identify the battery terminals – The positive terminal will be marked with a “+” symbol and will have a red cable lead. The negative one should have a “-” symbol next to the battery terminal and will have a black lead attached to it. Check to see if there is a bracket holding the battery in place. If so, this will need to be removed first.
  2. Remove the battery cables – Using a wrench/socket and other flexible pliers, remove the nut on the backside of the negative battery terminal, taking care not to round the nut head off or break it completely. You may need a lubricating spray, such as WD-40, to help loosen the nuts and bolts. Once loosened, remove the cable from the terminal and attach it firmly away from your work area using a zip tie. Repeat the same procedure with the positive terminal.
  3. Remove the battery itself – The battery should now be loose from any attachments and can be safely removed. Remember, batteries are heavy, so use care in lifting it out from its tray. Clean off the cable ends with the wire brush so the area is ready for the new battery to be installed.

Keep Your Battery in Great Shape with Cable Dahmer Kia of Lee's Summit!

Not quite comfortable with removing a car battery on your own? No problem! Our service technicians know how to remove a car battery from a Kia or another vehicle with ease. Schedule your vehicle for regular maintenance visits and our service team will check the battery’s health. Also, take advantage of our complimentary services to make sure your new or used Kia runs smoothly. Learn how to fix a scratch, about car detailing, and more with our online service tips! You’ll soon see why locals choose Cable Dahmer Kia of Lee's Summit to handle all of their service needs!


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