How to Remove a Car Battery

Most Farragut car owners know that their car battery is essential to the proper functioning of their Mitsubishi but not all know how to remove a car battery without hurting themselves or their car in the process. This task can be completed from the convenience of your garage. Learn how to remove your car battery correctly with our service guide below. 


The first and most important step, when removing a car battery is to wear insulated work gloves that will prevent you from receiving a shock from the car battery. You also need to wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from any corrosion that has built up around the battery. Turn your car off and let it cool before starting the process as a running engine can cause a flammable spark. 

You should also:

  • Have some zip ties on hand to keep the batter cables in place while you’re working on removing the car battery. If the cables touch, it’ll create spark and possibly set your garage on fire. 
  • Put a cloth over the positive cable once you remove it to prevent metal-on-metal contact. Cover the positive cable end with a cloth once it is removed to avoid the risk of metal-to-metal contact.
  • Take off jewelry (rings, watches, necklaces, etc.) to prevent shocking yourself if it comes in contact with the car battery. 
  • Ensure your garage or work space is ventilated to prevent inhaling the fumes. 

If your car has a fused battery terminal, you’ll need a battery cable removal kit to loosen it. You can find a battery removal kit at a dealership parts store. 


Once you have all the required equipment and protective gear, follow the instructions below to learn how to remove a car battery. 

  • Locate the negative battery terminal. It usually has a black plastic covering. You’ll see a minus sign on either side of the post or nearby.
  • Use a wrench to take hold of the negative terminal’s bolt head. Hold it still. 
  • Use a seperate set of pliers or wrench, removing the nut, pulling off the negative cable, and separating it from the battery
  • Repeat the third step with the positive cable, ensuring that the two cables don’t touch. 
  • If your car battery is held in place by a securing bracket, remove that with a wrench or pliers. 
  • Lift the battery straight out of the bracket, mindful that the battery weighs around forty pounds. 

Contact our service center if you’re still unsure about removing your car battery. 

Schedule Service at Ole Ben Franklin Motors Service Center

If you’d rather skip the hassle and have a trained technician remove your car’s battery instead, schedule an appointment today at Ole Ben Franklin Motors service center near Sevierville and Seymour. Explore our service specials for money off on routine maintenance.

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