Guide on How to Remove a Car Battery

Auto Mechanic Replacing Car Battery
If your car’s battery wears down or is damaged and needs to be replaced, you’ll need to know how to remove a car battery. While the task isn’t too difficult, it must be done safely. Find out more about removing a car battery from your Ford or Volvo with our instructions below, and then reach out to our service center if you need any additional help.


Safety While Removing Your Battery

Your battery uses a lot of power to run your vehicle through Murrells Inlet and Florence and is capable of delivering a deadly shock. In order to stay safe, we recommend wearing insulated work gloves, as well as safety goggles to protect against the battery’s corrosive agents.

Along with the personal protective equipment we recommend above, you’ll want to make sure to take the following steps:

  • You’ll want to make sure your vehicle is turned off before starting work, as running vehicles can produce a spark. This could lead to flammable agents being ignited.
  • In order to keep the battery cables in their proper place, you’ll need zip ties or another form of restraints. Allowing the cables to touch can create sparks and becomes a fire hazard.
  • Once the positive cable is removed, cover the end with a cloth once to avoid the risk of metal-to-metal contact.
  • Make sure to remove any necklaces, watches, bracelets, and other jewelry to prevent an unexpected shock if they come in contact with the battery.
  • Minimize exposure to harmful gases by making sure you’re in a well-ventilated area.

If you realize that the terminal is fused, you can find a special battery cable removal tool to loosen it. Beach Automotive Group’s parts department can order them for you.

How to Remove a Car Battery: Step-by-Step

  1. Locate the negative terminal. It will either have a black plastic cover or a minus sign, and will be located either on the post or nearby.
  2. Use your wrench or pliers to get hold of the bolt head of the negative terminal. Hold it still.
  3. Remove the nut using your other pliers or wrench, then pull off the negative cable and secure it away from the battery.
  4. Then repeat steps 1 through 3 with the positive cable. Make sure that the two battery cables do not touch.
  5. If a securing bracket is holding in your battery, use your pliers or wrench to take out the screws and bolts that hold it in place.
  6. You’ll need to lift the battery straight out of the bracket. Make sure you’re lifting properly, as batteries can weigh up to 40 pounds.

Keep Your Vehicle Running With Beach Automotive Group

If you need help maintaining the health of your Ford battery, reach out to the Beach Automotive Group service team. We can test your battery, reprogram your Ford key fob, and handle the replacement if needed. Contact us today, and we’ll get you back on the roads of Conway in a flash!

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