How to Remove a Car Battery

Auto Mechanic Replacing Car Battery

Cincinnati, OH drivers can easily learn how to remove a car battery with our handy guide from our service center. They’re heavier than you may think, but they easily come out of your vehicle once you’ve removed their connections. Learn more with us below as we go over removing a car battery, and don’t forget to learn more tips– like how to jump-start a battery or how to change your tires.



Before Removing a Car Battery

We recommend wearing safety goggles and definitely recommend wearing insulated gloves when removing a car battery. Never try to remove a car battery when your engine is running and make sure it’s off!

Here’s some more information to keep in mind as you’re removing a battery:

  • Don’t wear any jewelry or metal to help avoid electrocution. 
  • Work outside or in a well-ventilated area/garage.
  • Cover the positive battery cable end with a cloth once it’s removed to avoid the risk of metal-to-metal contact.
  • Use zip ties to keep cables in their proper places. You don’t want your cables to touch because of the risk of sparks and even explosions.

How to Remove a Car Battery Step-By-Step

Check your make and model’s user’s manual for any specific information about your vehicle’s battery before following these next steps.

  1. Turn your car off, pop the hood, and find the negative battery terminal on your battery. It should have a black plastic cover and/or a minus sign.
  2. Find the bolt head of the negative terminal and, with a wrench or pliers, hold it steady.
  3. Use another set of pliers or a wrench to remove the nut.
  4. Pull off the negative cable and place it safely away from the battery.
  5. Repeat the above steps for the positive cable and make sure that the two battery cables do not touch!
  6. If your battery is held by a securing bracket, use your pliers or wrench to take out the screws and bolts that hold it in place.
  7. Lift the battery straight out of the bracket. The battery will be heavy, and it’s important to hold it steady and far away enough from your body to avoid any battery acid.

If you’re having issues with removing your car’s battery, our service center has you covered!

How Many Volts is a Car Battery?

There are 12.6 volts or higher in a fully charged battery. But when the engine is running, Independence drivers should expect 13.7 to 14.7 volts.

Id your battery not holding a charge? Here’s a quick test to check your battery’s charge:

  • Start your car and turn on your headlights.
  • Your battery may not be holding as much voltage as it should if your headlights are dimmer than usual.
  • Rev the engine and see if your headlights get brighter or stay the same. Your alternator may be producing some current if you notice brighter headlights, but not enough current when idling to keep the battery charged.
  • If your lights are normal when both on idle and when revving the engine, your battery is probably in good shape.

Learn More About Removing a Car Battery at Tom Gill Chevrolet

Take advantage of our service specials today at Tom Gill Chevrolet if you’re having problems removing your car battery. You can also contact our service team today if you have any questions about your battery!


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