How Do You Safely Remove a Car Battery?


Quick Answer

To safely remove a car battery, ensure the ignition is off, carefully disconnect the negative and positive terminal cables, unscrew the mechanism holding the battery to the car and remove the battery. Watch for acid leaks and remove any jewelry from hands and fingers before starting the procedure.

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How Do You Safely Remove a Car Battery?
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Full Answer

Before removing the battery, turn the car off, and remove any jewelry to avoid the possibility of causing a short circuit. Check for the presence of cracks in the old battery that may allow acid to leak out. When removing the terminal connections, remove the negative cable first. This ensures that no current flows if either the negative or positive cable shorts inadvertently.

To remove the negative cable, loosen the nut by turning it counterclockwise. Once it is loose, put the tools down, and remove the connector from the post. Repeat the procedure on the positive connector.

Once the terminal cables are disconnected, remove the piece holding the battery in place. Using a wrench or pliers, remove the nut, and release the battery. After the battery is free, carefully lift it out using the handle if one is available. If there is no handle or there is corrosion on the handle, grasp the sides of the battery, keep it level, and carefully remove it.

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