How do I Change My Toyota’s Dead Battery?
So you got behind the wheel of your car, turned the key, and…nothing. Your battery is dead. You are not getting to work on time. You could call your local service center, or you could learn how to change a car battery yourself. If you’ll be making a trip to a Austin auto supply store anyway, it might be easier to just let the team at Toyota of Cedar Park handle it – if you’re going to go DIY, though, we have the steps you should follow to change your Toyota battery.
Changing the Battery Yourself
Changing the battery in your Toyota isn’t particularly difficult; it might even be easier than changing your brakes. You’ll want to be careful to follow these steps, stay safe, and contact a pro if you’re at all unsure:
- Check the location of your car’s battery (this should be in the owner’s manual)
- Identify the positive and negative connections. Typically, positive is marked with a red connector and negative with a black connector. If in doubt, check the markings on the battery terminal.
- Put on gloves and gather your tools.
- Loosen the bolt and remove the NEGATIVE cable first. Move it aside, so it’s clear of the battery.
- Loosen the positive cable and remove it next.
- Remove the clamp or straps holding the battery in place.
- Place all the bolts you’ve removed in a bowl and set it aside – you’ll need them again.
- Lift the battery out and bring it to your Leander-area service center for replacement.
Installing a new battery is just as simple – follow the directions in reverse, connecting the positive terminal first. Make sure all connections are tight.
When to Seek Professional Help
For some Georgetown vehicles, changing the battery yourself could be out of the question. If the battery is punctured, leaking, excessively corroded, or in a place that is difficult to access, it’s best to bring the vehicle to a service center and let a technician handle it for you.
To learn more, or to schedule a service appointment, contact Toyota of Cedar Park today.