How to Disconnect and Install a Car Battery

Auto Mechanic Replacing Car Battery


You would need to disconnect and install a new battery if your engine is slow to start or if you hear a clicking noise when you start the ignition. It may seem like a daunting undertaking, but it’s more straightforward than it seems! At the Victory Toyota service center, we’ve got everything you need to know in order to disconnect and install a car battery yourself. Learn more about replacing your car battery and get back on the Salinas roads!



How to Disconnect and Install a Car Battery: The Process

The last thing you want is to be stuck somewhere because of a drained battery, but if you follow these instructions you’ll be hitting the streets of Monterey in no time!

How to Remove the Old Battery

  • Put the car in park, engage the parking brake, and make sure the ignition is completely turned off.
  • Find the car battery near the front of the engine compartment along either side. 
  • Detach and remove the negative (-) cable from the battery. 
  • Do not allow the wrench to touch the negative and positive terminals at the same time!
  • Detach and remove the positive (+) cable from the battery and remove it.
  • If there is one, remove the bracket surrounding the battery, then remove the battery itself.
  • Do not throw the battery in a trash can or a dumpster! 
  • Recycle the battery, or take it to an authorized retailer for a refund. 

How to Install the New Battery

  • Check the positive and negative cables for visible corrosion on the connectors. If there is any corrosion on the battery, wipe it off with a wire brush.
  • Place the new bracket (if there is one) and battery in place.
  • Connect the positive (+) cable first and the negative (-) cable second. Be very careful to only connect them in this order — you don’t want an accidental electric shock.
  • Turn on the engine to test the battery. 

We’re Here to Help

We realize that issues can arise even in straightforward processes. If anything comes up regarding your car battery that you feel you can’t fix yourself, we at Victory Toyota will be more than happy to help out. Contact our office with any questions you have, or drop by our office in Victory Toyota and we’ll get you whatever help you need. You can also schedule a service appointment online before coming into the office.


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