While it may not be something the average person does often, especially on their own, there are a few situations where you may need to disconnect your vehicle’s battery. When that time comes, you will want to know how to do it safely.
Here is our easy 3-step guide:
- First things first, find the hood catch, open the hood, and keep it open using the hood prop.
- Then, find the negative battery clamp. Using a wrench or ratchet and socket, disconnect the cable. If you are not sure which is the negative cable and clamp, simply look for the negative/minus symbol. Take extra care during this step as you want to make sure that your tools do not touch both the negative and positive terminals at the same time.
- If you need to remove the entire battery, you will next need to disconnect the positive battery cable. The positive cable is easy to spot as it should be bright red in colour. Take extra care during this step to ensure your tools do not touch the radiator core support or just about anything else; you want to ensure you avoid a dangerous electrical arc at all costs.
How to Remove your Vehicle’s Battery Safely