If you decide to try car battery replacement yourself, do some research beforehand in order to become familiar with how car batteries differ and what exactly to look for when looking for your replacement battery.
1. Battery Size
Car batteries are sized in numbered groups, and it is necessary to find this out based on your vehicle type in order to locate the corresponding size. For example, batteries labeled size 75 might fit your GM, where a size 35 would go it your Toyota, and so forth. This information can usually be found in your owner’s manual. If it cannot be located there, most car battery retailers have reference guides for their customers to look this up. It is important the battery fits snugly in your car’s battery tray, and the seller should allow you to check this fit before purchasing.
2. Battery Trademark Name
Most recent car models have a designated battery brand as well. This should also be described in your owner’s manual. Try to purchase and install this exact brand if at all possible. These brands are often not the cheapest, but they are still recommended because a cheaper battery can easily lead to the added expense of reinstallation or repairs later on.
3. Clean as You Go
Before replacing your battery, remove the old one and clean the connectors before putting them on the new battery. Also be sure to recycle your battery by returning it to an automotive shop or supply store.