Your car's battery is an essential part of your vehicle, but it will eventually die and need to be replaced. Replacing it is the best way to ensure that your car will start when you need it, and also protect your engine from fire.
Generally, changing a car's battery takes around 15 minutes to an hour depending on the type of battery and other factors. It's not a complex process and you can learn to do it yourself. However, it is important to note that batteries are hazardous and can cause damage if not handled correctly.
The lifespan of a car battery is generally three to four years, but it will vary depending on the climate where you live and your driving habits. Extreme temperatures, frequent short trips, and faulty charging systems can wear a battery down faster than normal.
You'll need to purchase a replacement battery, and make sure it matches the BCI number and amp-hour rating of your old one. A new battery can cost anywhere from $45 to $250, so it's important to get the right size and power for your car.
Before you begin, you'll need to locate the battery and disconnect it from the vehicle. This usually involves removing the negative cable with a wrench or special battery pliers. Once you've removed the battery, clean the terminals with a solution of baking soda and water or a little automobile-safe lubricant. Once you've cleaned the terminals, reattach them to the new battery and tighten them securely.