How to Remove a Car Battery

Mechanic changing car battery


Nothing lasts forever – that includes your car’s battery. You’ll have to replace it at some point. The battery experts at Auffenberg CDJR of Shiloh will be happy to help you with that. But if you’re feeling adventurous and want to get the under the hood, read our guide below on how to remove a car battery. A lot of our Belleville customers have found that removing a car battery is one of the simplest car maintenance tasks they can do on their own. So, let’s get started.

How to Remove a Car Battery the Right Way

Is there a “right way” for removing a car battery? Yes! It is possible to cause an electrical short or even an electric shock if it’s not done properly. Here’s how to remove a car battery the right way:

  • Make sure the car is in Park and the ignition is turned off.
  • Engage the emergency brake if the car is not on level ground.
  • Open the hood and locate the battery. You’ll usually find it in one of the front corners.
  • Disconnect the negative cable (the black cable) first. It’s important to remove this cable first, so as not to cause a short. When it comes time to install the new battery, the order of cables will be reversed. Important: Never touch your wrench to both the positive and negative terminals at the same time so as to avoid electric shock.
  • Disconnect the positive cable (red cable). Make sure the cables aren’t touching.
  • If there is a clip or bracket holding the battery into place, remove it.
  • Lift the old battery straight up and out.
Mechanic taking out car battery

Let the Service Experts at Auffenberg CDJR Help

If you enjoyed this guide on removing a car battery, check out our other service tips and tricks like how to reset your RAM 1500 check engine light. Our friendly service experts are ready to help with any repair or maintenance task you don’t feel like tackling on your own. They pride themselves on getting your car fixed right, the first time. You can even schedule service online. We’re just a short drive away from East St. Louis, so contact us today!

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