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Have you ever started your car one day, and felt like it struggled to get going? Maybe you heard a lurching sound, or it took a second or two longer than usual to spring to life. Leave the problem alone for long enough, and you could potentially end up with a dead battery.

If you don't periodically check your battery's charge (or you do something silly like leave your headlights on overnight), you could find yourself in this all-too-common situation. If so, there are services out there that can replace your battery with a brand-new one at your location for a hefty fee. If you want to save a bit of coin by purchasing your own battery, here's how you can replace it on your own.

1) Gather your tools.

To replace a battery, you'll need a box wrench and a screwdriver. Check your battery's bolts and screws to get the sizes right. Alternatively, you could also use an open-ended or adjustable wrench. For safety, you can also wear gloves and goggles.

2) Make sure your car is in a safe place and everything is turned off.

Park (or push) your car onto a level surface, away from any traffic. Make sure your car's engine and electronics are all switched off. 

3) Remove your battery's shackles.

Most cars will have a bracket to hold the battery in place. You'll need to remove this first using your tools before you can change the battery. 

4) Remove the terminals.

This is very important: Remove the negative terminal first. The negative terminal is connected to the car's body. If you disconnect the positive one first and accidentally touch your wrench onto a metal part, you risk setting off sparks and short-circuiting your battery. After you've disconnected and set aside the negative terminal, then you can take off the positive one. If you're not sure, each terminal has a + or - symbol on it. 


5) Take out the old battery and slot the new one in—with care.

If you've never lifted a car battery before, you might be surprised that it actually weighs quite a bit. You don't want to have to tell your loved ones that your hurt yourself while changing a battery, so use proper posture and lifting form as much as possible.

6) Repeat steps 1-4 in reverse.

Once the new battery is in place, you'll need to work back through the same process. So connect the positive terminal first, then the negative, and re-install the bracket. Wiggle the battery and terminals around a bit to double-check that everything is secured. 

There you have it. Done right, you can finish the process in 10 minutes or less. No more need to wait for a delivery service. Good luck! 

Jason Tulio
Staff Writer
Like most guys, Jason inherited his love for cars from watching his dad talk about and tinker with them while he was growing up. Since then, he has leveled up into the roles of motoring journalist/wannabe mechanic/concerned motorist.
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