Changing Your Car Battery
If your vehicle won’t start, there are many possible reasons for what could be wrong. It might be a clogged fuel filter, an empty gas tank or a dead battery. At Go Dodge Red Deer, we are going to go through the simple steps for changing your vehicle’s battery. But in case you need professional help, we will be happy to give you a hand at Go Dodge Red Deer. Read on to learn more.
Before Changing Your Battery
If you know there is something wrong with your battery but are not sure if it needs to be changed, there are a few things you can check before deciding to change your old battery with a new one. First of all, accumulated rust on or around your battery might not allow it to work properly. Make sure to clean off any corrosion with water and baking soda while wearing gloves and a eye protection. Your vehicle might start to work again, once all that rust is cleaned off.
Secondly, there might also be an issue with the alternator. With the help of a voltmeter, check to see if the dial on the device is out of the normal range (12.4-12.8 when the engine is off), if it is, then you know there is a problem with the alternator and that you need to replace it.
The Simple Steps to Follow
If you’ve checked all of the above and your vehicle is still not working, this might be a sign that you need to replace your battery. Cracks on your battery are also an indicator that it needs to be replaced. Get your tools ready and let’s get to work. Before starting any work on your vehicle, make sure your vehicle is turned off and that you are in a well-ventilated area, ideally outdoors and away from any flames or sparks. Make sure to also purchase a battery that suits your vehicle and the climate you live in. You can find batteries at your local dealership or a supply store. If you have any questions about which battery you should purchase for your vehicle, contact our parts department at Go Dodge Red Deer.
Here is what you need to do:
- Locate the battery under the hood of your vehicle, it is usually located in the front right corner. Check the owner’s manual if you can’t locate your vehicle’s battery.
- Disconnect the negative terminal (black) and the positive terminal (red) using a wrench or ratchet to loosen the bolts.
- Remove the battery from its tray and make sure to carefully grab it from the bottom because batteries can be heavy!
- Use water and a brush to remove any rust or dirt that has accumulated inside the battery tray and also clean the cable connectors.
- Once the tray is dry, place the new battery in and tighten the connectors again (positive and then negative)
- Close the hood and start the vehicle to make sure everything is running smoothly.
- The final step is to properly dispose of the battery either at a service garage, or a local recycling centre.
Now that your vehicle’s battery has been replaced, you’re all ready to get back on the road. Happy driving!