How to Remove a Car Battery

Auto Mechanic Replacing Car Battery

From starting your car to powering accessory components, such as door locks and radio, a car battery is essential to your drives in the Winter Haven area. When you need to replace your vehicle’s battery, you need to ensure the job’s properly done, especially if you decide to take up the task yourself. Let Regal Kia’s experienced service technicians show you how to remove a car battery at your garage safely and properly! If you run into any issues or have any questions beforehand, make sure to reach out and we will help you out.



Things to Keep In Mind Before Removing a Car Battery

Before you replace your vehicle’s battery, there are a few things to keep in mind as car batteries have more than enough amperage to seriously injure or electrocute someone. Even though you may be alright after touching battery terminals due to the voltage levels, you should never touch a car battery terminal without any insulated work gloves on. Besides gloves, you should also wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from corrosive battery agents. Other safety precautions you should take before working on this service in Plant City include: 

  • Always turn off your car before attempting to remove the battery as that may lead to an explosion.
  • Keep the battery cables in their proper place with zip ties. If they touch, it can create deadly explosion-inducing sparks.
  • Cover the positive battery cable end with a cloth once it is removed to avoid the risk of metal-to-metal contact.
  • Take off any jewelry or metal— including necklaces, watches, and bracelets— to prevent getting electrocuted.
  • Stay in a well-ventilated area to protect yourself from outgassing from the flammable and dangerous liquid compounds used in your car battery.

Step by Step on How to Remove a Car Battery 

After you’ve prepared a safe workplace, do the following:

  1. Find the negative battery terminal. It should have a black plastic cover and/or a minus sign.
  2. Locate the bolt head of the negative terminal Then, with a wrench or pliers, hold it steady.
  3. Use another set of pliers or a wrench to remove the nut.
  4. Pull off the negative cable and place it safely away from the battery.
  5. Repeat the above steps for the positive cable while making sure that the two battery cables do not touch!
  6. If the battery is held by a securing bracket, use your pliers or wrench to take out the screws and bolts that hold it in place.
  7. Lift the battery straight out of the bracket. Remember, it may be heavy.

If removing a car battery on your own seems to be more than what you can take on, count on Regal Kia’s service center near Brandon! We will replace the battery and get you all set in no time. Schedule your appointment online!

Learn More Car Services from Regal Kia

Looking for more how-to guides to follow, so you can roll up your sleeves and work on your car in Lakeland? Learn how to check car oil and how to change your windshield wipers! As always, we are one phone call away if you ever need more guidance on any Kia car services.


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