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How to install a battery.
Tools / Materials
(See Below for Applicability):
Large enough container/bucket (for temporary old
battery storage enroute to proper disposal)
2 hefty bags (for temporary old battery storage
enroute to proper disposal)
Installing a vehicle battery is relatively
Do the following to install your new battery:
vehicle should not have been running for at least 15 minutes.
With the hood
open, disconnect the cable terminals from the old battery,
loosening the nuts in the process (with a wrench if need be),
starting the disconnect with the negative (black) cable and then
the positive (red) cable.
Take the clamp
off the old battery.
the old battery from the vehicle tray and out of the vehicle
itself; you may want to use a battery holder for this moving
process so as to avoid dropping and consequently creating a
potential battery leak (if there is not one already).
Put this old
battery in a large enough container/bucket or double wrap it in
at least two hefty bags for later disposal at a local recycling
center, hazardous center or auto shop that is accepting of such.
Prepare a baking
soda-water solution in a pan/container, mixing about 4 parts
baking soda to 3 parts water, and mix them together with a
spoon/stick to form a solution.
Use this baking
soda-water solution to clean off the vehicle's battery tray and
clamp, dipping a rag into the solution and using this rag and,
if necessary, a hard-wire brush, to scrub off any stubborn
corrosion found thereon. (Incidentally, if you encounter a
battery leak, this solution can be used to wash it off your
contaminated clothes, furniture or even hands.)
Carry the new
battery, preferably in the battery holder, to the vehicle's
newly cleaned battery tray for installation.
Once the new
battery is in the battery tray, connect the cable terminals and
clamp to the new battery (as you observed they were originally
connected with the old battery), making sure you are acutely
aware of making the right positive (red cable) and negative
(black cable) connections. Make sure the connections--the
nuts--are snug-tight with your hands and use a wrench if
Apply a small amount of petroleum jelly over
the cable connections in an effort to resist future corrosion.
You're done. Your vehicle now has a new lease on
life--at least as to its battery operation.
Handyman Zone Team