Your car battery is at the heart of your vehicle’s operation. Most batteries last between three and five years depending on how often you drive, how long you drive for and other factors. Regardless of when your battery fails, at some point, you will need to replace it with a new one. Plus, you will need to dispose of your battery properly. So, how can you exchange your old battery for a new one?
How To Check For Signs of a Worn Battery
It is important to know the signs that your battery is on its last legs. Your battery can sometimes die without needing to be replaced (e.g. you accidentally left the lights on overnight). Learning how to tell if your car battery is dead or ready to be replaced starts with a few signs that something is wrong:
- Car Won’t Start: Perhaps the most obvious indication of a dead battery is that your car won’t start. This doesn’t mean that the battery needs to be replaced, but you should get it checked.
- Electronics Underpowered: Are your lights dim? Is your AC weak? These could be signs that the battery is going.
- Indicator Light On: Most vehicles have a dashboard light indicating an electrical fault. Other vehicles have warnings in their infotainment systems. In either case, get the battery tested if the light comes on.
- Battery Is Old: As mentioned, most batteries don’t last more than about five years. If your battery is at least three years old, get it tested periodically.
The best way to determine if your battery (including truck and motorcycle batteries) needs to be replaced is by getting it tested. You can take your car to an AutoZone to get a free test in minutes.
How To Repla a Worn Car Battery
When your battery is close to being too worn, it is time to replace it. You can do this yourself by ordering a battery online or in a store. If you use a major retailer’s website such as AutoZone, you can filter by vehicle to find batteries that will work for your car or truck.
The replacement process is easy. Just following these steps:
- Disconnect the negative terminal cable and secure it away from the battery.
- Disconnect the positive terminal cable and secure it.
- Loosen the screw or bolt holding the battery in place (may also be clips).
- Lift the battery out.
- Put the new battery in place and secure it in place.
- Connect the cables (positive first).
- Test that the vehicle starts properly.
If you get a new battery from a major retailer, you can usually give them your old one for recycling. Many stores will take your battery regardless even if you didn’t buy from them. Some even offer special discounts.
Check and Change Your Battery Today
Learn how to test your battery and change it when you need to. This is an easy process that anyone can learn to do. It could be the start of you maintaining your vehicle for yourself. Get started today and see what you can achieve.