Battery and Battery Hold Down DIY Care and Installation
It is the battery that supplies the vehicle its needed power during startup. When it is problematic, the engine will not work, unless you give it a little push. But just the same, the other electric-powered auto parts will not function properly. Significantly, the battery has to be cared well. Securing it with a battery hold down is one effective way to extend its life. In time, though, it will also deteriorate, and that it would need replacement. How would you handle the battery and its hold down the proper way when the time is due?
Difficulty level: Moderate
What you'll need:
- Permanent marker
- Electric tape
- Combination wrench
- Battery pliers
- Battery wrench
Step 1: Red is positive while black is negative. These colors indicate the polarity of the battery. Although, remembering the color of the corresponding polarity is quite easy, some find it a challenge because battery terminals may come in just one color. The solution is as simple as putting a mark on each battery terminal using a permanent marker or by wrapping the positive wire with red and the negative one with black electrical tape. To really make sure that you don't get confused, also put a mark on the battery's polarity before removing it from its tray.
Step 2: In removing the battery from the vehicle, make sure to disconnect the terminal cables from the cable clamps by loosening the nut with a combination wrench, battery pliers, or battery wrench. Make sure that the negative cable gets removed first rather that the positive cable. Manually twist and pull the cable up. If it still doesn't come off, use a battery terminal puller. Note that the use of the right tool will save the battery and its cables from damage.
Step 3: Now, find the battery hold-down strap, and remove it from being fastened. It is a metal strap that holds the battery stable under the hood. It can be of just any color. Then remove the battery hold-down strap along with the two long screws. Also uninstall the battery hold-down clamp with the use of a combination wrench or a socket and ratchet.
Step 4: Hold the battery to its handle, if there is any, never by the terminals. If it doesn't have handles, hold with both hands from the bottom instead. Then carefully pull the battery out the battery tray, making sure that it is as upright as possible so as to prevent the electrolyte from spilling. The electrolyte is highly corrosive, and may damage any auto part that it gets spilled on, including the car's paint finish.
Step 5: When the battery is lifted out the hood, it's time to have it inspected for any damage or signs of corrosion. Also have it thoroughly cleaned with battery cleaning solution, including the cable connectors and terminal ends. Don't forget to also rid the battery tray, hold down clamp, and hold down strap of corrosion.
Step 6: Place the battery back to its tray. Attach the cables according to polarity. And then, secure it with properly tightened battery hold downs.