Car battery’s used to require you to replace the acid in the battery, but now modern batteries are maintenance-free. That, however, doesn’t mean that they last forever as you may have found out when you have gone to start your car and your battery was dead. You likely had a friend or nice stranger come to your aid and give you a jumpstart, but that is only a temporary fix. You will likely need to head to your local auto parts store as soon as possible for a new battery.
Average Cost Of A New Car Battery
Despite each vehicle requiring a different battery, most batteries are priced between $100 and $300. Just keep in mind that the more expensive battery usually lasts longer, as they are of higher quality.
Replacing A Car battery
Now you have your new battery and you think to replace it will be a piece of cake. Well actually, you need to know the important steps to make sure you don’t get shocked.
- Locate your battery. Many new cars decide to place their batteries in the trunk or elsewhere to conserve space in the engine bay. But, you’ll know you’ve found it when you see a plastic box with a black and red wire attached to it or by looking in your vehicles auto manual.
- Disconnect the wires. This step is very important, as messing this up could send electricity throughout your body. You may need a wrench to loosen the nuts securing the terminals in place. Disconnect the RED wire, aka the positive terminal, first! This will prevent you from getting shocked when removing the battery as any touch between metal objects can create a circuit through your body. Not only painful but potentially deadly. Then disconnect the BLACK wire, aka the negative terminal and you should be able to pull the battery out.
- Take out the battery and put in the new battery. This step is self-explanatory, but just make sure to take the old battery to your local auto parts store where they will dispose of your battery for free.
- Reconnect the wires. This step is just as important as disconnecting the wires. Except you want to do the opposite. Connect the BLACK wire first to establish a ground connection so the electricity doesn’t go through you. Then connect the red wire next and you are all done.
As always if you do not feel confident in your abilities to replace your own battery, seek the help of the automotive store specialists or the services of a mechanic.