How to Remove a Car Battery

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Your car’s battery is essential; it starts the engine, keeps it running, and powers the electrical systems. When removing a car battery to replace it or inspect it for damage, it’s important to do so carefully. Incorrectly handling a car battery can be dangerous. Below, you’ll find a guide on how to remove a car battery from the experts at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Austin’s service center near San Antonio. 

Removing a Car Battery: How to Prepare 

When handling a battery, be sure to wear insulated work gloves. The charge car batteries hold can be deadly. In addition, put on safety goggles to keep your eyes protected from any corrosive agents. Once you have your gear on, follow these steps to prepare your car and environment for safe battery removal: 

  • First, choose an open area with plenty of ventilation to avoid exposure to harmful gases. 
  • Then, make sure your car is OFF to avoid a possible fire hazard. 
  • Remove any jewelry to protect yourself from a shock. 
  • Use zip ties or something similar to secure the battery cables. They should not touch, as they can create sparks and cause a fire. 
  • The positive cable end should be covered with a cloth to prevent contact with other metal components. 

You’ll need to use a battery cable removal tool if the terminal is fused. These are easy to find and can usually be purchased in a dealer’s parts center

Removing a Car Battery: Step-By-Step Guide 

After you’re properly prepared, follow these steps to remove the car battery: 

  • Locate the negative terminal, which should be distinguished by its black plastic cover or a negative sign. 
  • Use a wrench or pliers to grab the bolt head of the negative terminal and hold it in place. 
  • Remove the nut using another pair of pliers or a wrench. Pull off the negative cable and make sure it’s secured away from the battery with a tie. 
  • For the positive cable, repeat the steps listed above. Again, make sure the cables do not touch
  • The battery may be held in place by a bracket. Remove the screws with the wrench or pair of pliers, so the battery is no longer secured. 
  • Finally, lift the battery out of the bracket. It’s important to note that the battery itself may weigh up to 40 pounds. 

Learn More About Removing a Car Battery from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Austin! 

While the service team at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Austin would be happy to handle battery service for you, it’s important to know how to remove a car battery yourself if the need arises. If you have additional questions about removing a car battery, contact our service center or visit us in person near Dallas and Houston. Don’t hesitate to ask for more answers to your service-related questions, such as, “When should I change my oil” or “When should I replace spark plugs?”