When you have a car for a long time, it eventually needs a new battery. There are signs to look for when considering a new battery:
 
 Dimming Headlights.  
 Car has needed a jump-start recently.  
 Engine cranks but doesn't start.  
 Car doesn't start at all, not even headlights work. 
Cold weather makes it difficult to start.  

You should bring your car to an experienced and trusted mechanic (like us!) but if you have to do it yourself, here are some rules.

Changing a battery is a quick and easy job in most cars and vans and can be done with a couple tools everyone should already have.
The first thing you should do is to make sure the battery needs to be replaced.
Look for build-up in the form of a white or blue residue around the terminal - removing this can sometimes solve some minor issues such as dimming headlights. Be sure you DO NOT TOUCH this powder! It can often contain dried sulfuric acid, which corrodes skin.
Verify the battery has been given the chance to recharge by driving constantly for up to 30 minutes. Use minimal electricity during this drive, including not running the air conditioner).
Check the alternator. Some cars also have a battery meter, with the engine running, the alternator usually maintains a charge close to 13.8-14.2 volts in a properly functioning charging system. The battery should have 12.4-12.8 volts with the engine off, and with no accessory load.

Should you actually need a new battery, be sure to buy the correct replacement. When you purchase a battery from any authorized retailer, you will have to pay a "core" charge. In most instances, when you bring in your old battery at the time of purchase, you will not get charged this fee. Some retailers will refund you the core charge if you bring in your receipt within a specified amount of time.

Before you attempt to remove the battery, set up a secure working environment, park on a flat, level surface at a safe distance from other cars, and put on the parking brake. Putting on gloves and safety goggles is also highly recommended. Remove the cigarette lighter and plug the memory keeper into socket. If you don't have a memory keeper make sure you have all the PINs for your electronic equipment before you start. You may wish to check your car manual to see what devices may be affected. 



1. Locate the battery - Beneath the hood, it should be located in an accessible part on either side of the car's frame. The battery is a rectangular box with two cables attached to it.
2. Identify battery terminals - Locate the positive and the negative terminals. The positive terminal will have a plus sign and the negative terminal will have a minus sign.
3. Disconnect the negative terminal - Loosen the negative clamp with a wrench and slide it off of the terminal. It is important that you disconnect the negative terminal socket before the positive terminal socket. Otherwise, you may short circuit the positive terminal to a grounded part of the car.
4. Disconnect the positive terminal.
5. Remove the car battery and put in the new battery.
6. Reconnect the positive and negative terminal.
7. Tighten the clamps using a wrench.
8. Close the hood firmly and start your car.
9. Check that all the electronic devices are working properly.
10. Properly dispose of the old battery. If you are uncomfortable replacing the battery yourself or you are experiencing any other issue with your vehicle, contact our service center for a fast and inexpensive solution