How to Remove a Car Battery

Auto Mechanic Replacing Car Battery

Your car battery is essential to driving around Prattville. It starts the vehicle, keeps you moving, and provides power to the many electrical components in your new car. Still, you may need to know how to remove a car battery if you need to replace it. It’s a relatively easy DIY task, but you must do it right to avoid injury. Keep reading to learn how to remove a car battery correctly from the team at Larry Puckett Chevrolet, and contact our service team with any questions. We’re always happy to help.



Safety Preparation for Removing a Car Battery

Most car batteries have enough charge to deliver a deadly shock. When removing a car battery, you must wear insulated work gloves and safety goggles to protect your eyes from corrosive chemicals. Start by turning off your car because a running vehicle can produce a spark that can ignite flammable compounds.

These are other tips to keep you safe when taking out a car battery in Montgomery:

  • Be sure you’re working in a well-ventilated area around Wetumpka to prevent harmful exposure to released gases.
  • Find some zip ties to help keep the battery cables in their proper place and from touching each other. If the cables touch, it could create a spark and be a fire hazard.
  • Once you remove the car battery, cover up the positive cable end (red) with a dry cloth to avoid the risk of metal-to-metal contact.
  • Remove any jewelry you’re wearing to prevent it from touching the car battery and shocking you!

If your battery terminal doesn’t come off, you can order a specific cable removal tool from the Larry Puckett Chevrolet parts store to loosen it.

Taking Out a Car Battery

Follow the steps below to stay safe when removing a car battery:

  1. Take hold of the bolt head of the negative terminal (it is black or has a negative (-) sign) with a wrench or pliers to hold it still.
  2. Use pliers or a wrench to remove the nut on the negative terminal. Then, gently pull off the negative cable and secure it from the battery.
  3. Repeat the above step for the positive red cable with a plus (+) sign. Be extra careful that the two battery cables don’t touch.
  4. If you see a securing bracket holding the battery in place, use your pliers or wrench to remove the screws or bolts holding it in place.
  5. Carefully lift the battery out of the bracket. It could weigh as much as 40 pounds.

Larry Puckett Chevrolet Is Always at Your Service

Now that you understand how to take out a car battery, contact us if you need auto service or make a service appointment online. From battery care to oil changes or a new set of tires, we’re here to help. Please review our service coupons and let us know when we can be of service.


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