Automotive batteries play very significant roles in the car’s motion. They provide the electrical energy that is needed to start the engine. They also power some crucial electronics in the car’s dashboard. This comes in handy in moments when the engine is idle or the car has run out of fuel.
Just like other parts or component of the automobile, they too wear down and require replacement.
Determining whether a Replacement is Necessary
It is not always that when the batteries fail to operate as expected that a replacement may be necessary. Such a failure could as well be as the result of several other factors. To find out whether a replacement is necessary, check the terminals for any buildups of Sulfate. Try re-charging the batteries. Finally, check the alternator output to make sure the car is properly recharging the battery. In case the battery fails these checks, then it is probably about time for a replacement.
Making the Necessary Background Preparations
To start off the process, park the car off road in a flat and secure area. Switch off the engines. Ensure that no cigarette is lit in the area. Wear hand gloves and safety goggles.
Removal of the Old Battery
Open the hood of the automobile to remove the old battery. For this to happen, the battery will have to be located (some are now located within the cabin of the vehicle and not under the hood). Once located, the two terminals i.e. positive and negative are then to be identified. They are then to be disconnected; starting with the negative terminal and then finishing off with the positive terminal. The battery can then be removed.
Insertion of the New Battery
Before inserting the new battery, the area where the battery is to be placed should be thoroughly cleaned. The same should be extended to the clamps and terminals. Any repairs, if necessary, should also be carried out at this stage.
After the area has been cleaned and repaired, the new battery should then be inserted. This should be followed by the reconnection of the terminals. For consistency, the positive terminal should be reconnected first, followed by the negative terminal. Lithium grease should be applied thereafter to safeguard the area against corrosion.
Proper Disposal of Your Old Battery
If you choose to replace your own battery, your old car or truck battery should be disposed of appropriately. It may be taken to a service garage, recycling center, or auto supply store. It should never be disposed of out in the open or in the municipal trash can. This can pose a great health risk to the neighbors. Moreover, such a move may also violate several municipal codes or bylaws.
Replacing the automobile batteries is a hazardous undertaking. That’s because of the existence of the chemical components of the batteries. These chemicals may inflict untold harm on the skin if allowed to spill. This being the case, automobile owners are strongly advised to call MD Auto and Tire to have us take care of this for you.
MD Auto & Tire is a full-service preventive maintenance and automotive repair center. With two locations in Vero Beach, FL, we provide high quality, guaranteed automotive service you can trust at a fair price. Family-owned and operated, we use the latest diagnostic equipment to guarantee your vehicle is serviced correctly while maintaining your manufacturer’s warranty. We repair domestic and foreign vehicles and are your best choice for scheduled maintenance of your car, SUV, truck and fleet vehicles.
We only use quality replacement parts, and our technicians are ASE-certified. We specialize in putting the needs of our customers first! Call us at (772) 562-1001 in South Vero Beach or (772) 410-5562 in North Vero to schedule an appointment at either of our service centers or just stop on by at either location at the address listed on the bottom of this site.