To hook up a car battery, put the new battery in the car, and hook up the positive and negative terminals. Make sure to refasten any kind of plate that held in the old battery. Dispose of the old battery at a battery recycling center.Continue Reading
If the old battery is still in place, remove it. Place the new battery into its seat under the hood. Situate the battery so that it sits level in the compartment. Some new batteries are much heavier than older batteries, so be careful when lifting the new one.
Starting with the positive terminal, remove the red cap on the terminal, and apply terminal cleaner to it. This gives the clamps a better grip on the metal. Slide the end of the clamp over the terminal until it reaches the bottom. Tighten the nut clockwise on the clamp while holding the bolt steady. Repeat this process for the negative terminal.
Re-attach any fasteners or plates that held in the battery. Leaving the battery loose is a bad idea. Start your car to make sure the battery replacement was successful and that the dead battery was the source of the car trouble. Take the dead battery to a battery recycling center or back to the store that you purchased it from.
Clean the battery terminals, use a trickle charger, open the battery caps and test the battery after charging are some tips for recharging a dead car battery. Some procedures may vary depending on the brand and style of battery that is in the vehicle.Full Answer >
To test an alternator, connect a voltmeter's leads to the battery terminals, then check the readout to see if the voltage falls in the desired range of 13.8 to 15.3 volts with the engine running. Troubleshoot other areas if starting the engine remains a problem or other accessories fail.Full Answer >
The best way to clean corroded battery terminals is with a solution of water and baking soda. To make the solution, pour 1 teaspoon of baking soda into 1 cup of water. For safety reasons, use gloves and safety glasses when cleaning the terminals.Full Answer >
Clean battery terminals by removing the cables, polishing the terminals and posts with steel wool, applying petroleum jelly and reconnecting the cables. Clean terminals ensure the alternator keeps the battery charged for trouble-free starting.Full Answer >