Automotive battery care:

Here's why you should replace your car battery

A malfunctioning automotive battery can leave you stranded in an uncomfortable situation. Don’t risk danger by neglecting the needs of the most important component of your vehicle's electrical system.

Advance Auto Parts carries an extensive line of car batteries, related components, tools and accessories to keep your car starting even in the most adverse conditions. Ask your Advance Team Member at the store nearest you to assist you with car battery replacement, and find the best car battery for your vehicle.

Why you should have your car batteries tested twice per year:

Without a good battery, your car simply will not start. With the increased emphasis on electronics, today's vehicles demand even more of their battery. Even the most heavy-duty car batteries will lose their ability to store enough power over time.

Stop in your local Advance Auto Parts and have your auto batteries tested before winter and summer each year at no charge. Advance Auto Parts has everything you need to keep you and your auto batteries in charge.

Car battery replacement: here how to do it yourself & save!

What you will need when installing car batteries:

Do it yourself difficulty guide for a car battery replacement:

Estimated time required - 45 Minutes

Consult your vehicle's owner's manual for the location of the automotive battery and retaining system type.

Make absolutely sure to first note the location of the positive and negative battery cables.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable using a wrench. Be extremely careful not to place metal tools or objects across the battery posts. Auto batteries can be explosive.
  2. Disconnect the positive cable. Positive cables are usually marked with the color red and a "+" symbol. Use the terminal puller for easy removal (top post batteries.)
  3. Remove the automotive battery hold-down clamp or retaining system. Place parts and fasteners aside, in a place where they won't get misplaced.
  4. Remove the battery itself, being careful not to knock it around too much. Use a battery carrying strap, if it is a top post battery, to make it easier to handle.
  5. Install new battery and secure with retainer. Before removing the battery post safety caps, make sure that the battery connectors are clean, and that the red post is in the right spot for the positive battery connector.
  6. Wipe down the new battery and be sure terminals are clean. Then apply a thin layer of dielectric grease and anti-corrosion washers to both posts and connectors.

Connect the positive post first, then tighten the connector until it is snug. Then connect the negative post and tighten the connector until it is snug. Reassemble the retaining system and check for movement. You're finished!

For high quality auto parts on all of your vehicle maintenance – including the best car battery for your vehicle – trust Advance Auto Parts!