How to Remove a Car Battery Safely

Mechanic Removing Battery from Car

Replacing a car battery is one of those inevitable expenses of car ownership. The staff in our service center would be more than happy to remove your old battery for you and to install a new one. But if that’s something you’d rather do yourself, read our guide below on how to remove a car battery. A lot of our Omaha customers have found that removing a car battery is one of the simplest car maintenance tasks they can do on their own. So, let’s get started!

How to Remove a Car Battery – Step by Step

Removing a car battery is straightforward, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any risks involved. If certain precautions aren’t taken, you could cause an electrical short or even get shocked. Here’s how to remove a car battery safely and get your vehicle back on our Lincoln roads:

  • Make sure the car is in park and the ignition is turned off.
  • Engage the emergency brake if the car is not on level ground.
  • Open the hood and locate the battery. You’ll usually find it in one of the front corners.
  • Disconnect the negative cable (the black cable) first. It’s important to remove this cable first, so as not to cause a short. When it comes time to install the new battery, the order of cables will be reversed. Important: Never touch your wrench to both the positive and negative terminals at the same time so as to avoid electric shock.
  • Disconnect the positive cable (red cable). Make sure the cables aren’t touching.
  • If there is a clip or bracket holding the battery into place, remove it.
  • Lift the old battery straight up and out.

Trust Your Car to the Professionals at Sid Dillon Chevrolet-blair Inc

If your car is having trouble starting, the problem may not be the battery. Schedule an appointment with our service center so we can troubleshoot the exact problem and get you back on the road. If you’d like to learn more, check out our post on the warning signs of a dying battery. Remember, we’re conveniently located near Fremont. So, drop by or contact us today.

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