Taking out a battery

How to Remove a Car Battery

Your car’s battery starts the car up, keeps it running, and helps power all the electrical components. However, you may need to remove and replace the battery when the charge runs down or to check for any signs of damage. While this is an easy task to do alone, it needs to be done right to avoid any injuries. Follow Toyota of Downtown LA’s guide to removing a car battery safely.

Preparation

Batteries can hold enough charge to deliver a deadly shock, so be sure you’re wearing insulated work gloves. You should also wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from corrosive agents. Before starting, turn off your car, because running vehicles can produce a spark and ignite flammable agents.

You should also:

  • Get some zip ties or other forms of restraint to keep the battery cables in their proper place. If they touch, it will create sparks and become a fire hazard, so preventing them from touching is important.
  • Cover the positive cable end with a cloth once it is removed to avoid the risk of metal-to-metal contact.
  • Take off any jewelry — including necklaces, watches, and bracelets — to prevent getting a shock if they come in contact with the battery.
  • Ensure you’re in a well-ventilated area to prevent exposure to harmful gases.

If the terminal is used, then use a special battery cable removal tool to get it loose. You will find these available at our parts departments, as well as general auto parts stores.

Removal

When you are ready, follow these steps to safely remove your battery:

  • Find the negative terminal. It should have a black plastic cover or a minus sign and will be located either on the post or in close proximity.
  • Take hold of the bolt head of the negative terminal with a wrench or pliers and hold it still.
  • Use other pliers or wrench to remove the nut, then pull off the negative cable and secure it away from the battery.
  • Repeat the above step for the positive cable, taking care that the two battery cables do not touch.
  • 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.
  • Lift the battery straight out of the bracket. Keep in mind that it may weigh up to 40 pounds.

Find Out More About Removing a Car Battery With Toyota of Downtown LA

If you want to avoid any breakdowns between Cerritos and Mission Hills, or failed starts in Los Angeles, you need to know how to remove a car battery. Contact us today for extra help or if you have any questions. We can also help with other service problems you’re experiencing like removing the smell of smoke from your car or deciphering your Toyota dashboard lights. You can also schedule a service appointment if you want a factory-trained technician to remove the battery.

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