Changing Your Car Battery | Ottawa IL

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  • Monday 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Friday 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Saturday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Sierra Volkswagen Inc.

510 E Norris Drive
Directions Ottawa, IL 61350

  • Sales: (815) 433-1666
  • Service: (815) 433-1666
  • Parts: (815) 433-1666

Few car batteries last more than five years, which means the average driver may go through two or batteries over the life of a vehicle. Here at Sierra Volkswagen, we've put together a guide to help you successfully and safely remove and replace your car's battery.

Supplies

You'll need an adjustable wrench, safety goggles, baking soda and water, a battery brush, lint-free rags, and some gloves. It's also a good idea to have a blanket or tarp to cover your car and protect it from battery acid if there's a spill.

Getting Started

Make sure your car is in park and turn the engine off. It's also smart to engage the parking brake to keep your car steady. Cover the fender with a tarp or blanket to keep it protected and remove the cables from the battery terminals. Start by using the wrench to loosen the nut and bolt on the clamp, remove the cable, and place it out of the way. Unhook the battery (usually there are bolts, screws, or clamps keeping it in place) and remove it.

Clean the Area

If the area where the battery sat is corroded, use baking soda dissolved in water and scrub off the battery tray. Be sure to thoroughly dry the tray.

Replace the Battery

Put the new battery on the tray and make sure it is facing the same way as the old one was. Secure the battery in the tray and make sure it's not wiggling at all. Replace the battery cables on the terminals in the reverse order you took them off. If your vehicle is negative ground (most are; check the owner's manual), you should put the positive cable on first.

Recycle Old Battery

Old batteries are highly toxic and it's illegal to just dump them in most areas. Take your old battery to a recycling center that accepts batteries. In some cases, auto parts stores will charge you extra if you don't surrender the old battery, so recycling it will save you money.

 Stop by Sierra Volkswagen today with all your service questions!