Dealing with a car battery problem can be frustrating. Your car may just need a quick jump from another vehicle, but often this indicates that you need a whole new battery. When it comes to installing a new battery, we can do this work for you! Instead of trying to figure out the process of disconnecting car battery components, bring your car in to our professional, trained mechanics at Kernersville Auto Center.
Properly Disconnecting Car Battery Components
When it comes to your car battery, you can’t simply remove it and plug in a new one. You need to follow certain steps in order for the removal to be safe. Exactly how you’ll disconnect your car battery will depend on your vehicle make and model. Additionally, your approach may change if the battery is corroded.
First and foremost, you need to remove all metal accessories, such as watches and rings. You’ll also want to be extremely mindful of where you place your metal tools You’ll never want to touch the positive and negative terminals or the positive terminal to any other metal on the car.
Always disconnect the negative terminal first and the positive terminal second. Then, carefully lift the battery from its tray by unscrewing the brackets. A battery is often much heavier than people expect. Be careful that you don’t drop it onto the engine, which can cause irreparable damage.
If your battery terminals are significantly corroded, you may not be able to remove the battery yourself. Never use a drill, hammer, or other tools to try to remove the terminal clamps. In this case, it is always best to seek out professional help.
DIY Battery Replacement Vs Professional Battery Replacement
While replacing a battery is one of the more straightforward car repairs, there is still significant risk of both damaging your vehicle and causing injury to yourself. We highly recommend simply coming to our shop instead. When you bring your vehicle to Kernersville Auto Center, you enjoy the following benefits:
- Our mechanics are certified, trained, and experienced with performing a wide variety of vehicle repairs and maintenance. We ensure that your old battery is removed properly and the new one is installed correctly, guaranteed.
- Doing it yourself can be time consuming. We have convenient online scheduling so you can get back on the road quickly. Or, you can also simply stop in at our shop and wait while we look at your vehicle.
- We can run a battery diagnostic test to make sure you actually need a new battery. Sometimes other problems can cause what seem like battery issues.
- You don’t have to worry about your safety when you have professionals change your battery. Not only does battery replacement come with the risk of shock when disconnecting car battery components, but corrosion can also be extremely dangerous.
- We’ll dispose of the battery properly. When you change your battery, you can’t just throw the old battery in the trash. We take care of this so you don’t have to.
- Our team knows exactly which battery brands are best for your vehicle. We recommend the same brands that we use in our own vehicles.
In addition, we can inspect your vehicle for other maintenance needs or potential problems. Vehicle batteries don’t last forever. However, sometimes batteries need replacement because there is an underlying issue.
Other Common Vehicle Maintenance Needs
Along with replacing your battery and diagnosing any battery-related issues, our team can assist with all your car care needs. At our shop, we believe preventative maintenance is the best way to save money long-term and extend the life of your vehicle. Here are just a few of the vehicle maintenance and repair needs we can handle:
This is not a complete list. Vehicles have a lot of moving parts, and we have experiencing diagnosing a wide variety of problems. If your car is making weird noises, not handling properly, smoking, leaking, or just feels “off,” we can help.
Our team also does general engine tune-ups to help your vehicle run better. With a tune-up, we look at several components to ensure everything is in peak condition. If you’re not sure what maintenance your vehicle may need, this is a great place to start.
Keep in mind that we are also an official state inspection location. We can make sure your vehicle is legal to drive, and if there are any issues we can usually handle minor repairs the same day.
FAQs About Vehicle Maintenance at Our Shop
We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about your vehicle. However, these are a few questions we commonly hear from car owners, along with our answers:
What kind of maintenance do I need?
Every vehicle needs regular maintenance, but the schedule will vary based on your make and model, the vehicle’s age, and your driving habits. Our mechanics can help make a schedule for your maintenance.
One thing that most people forget is how important it is to wash your car! This can help you avoid rust, scratches, and other damage to your vehicle. Our car wash is convenient, and we even offer gift cards which make the perfect gift for the holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions.
Do I need to tow my vehicle to your shop or can I drive it?
It depends on the issue. With a faulty battery, you can typically jump your car and drive to our shop without much worry, as long as you live close by and do not stop along the way. With other issues, a tow might be the safer option. If you aren’t sure, give us a call at 336-993-7697 and we can give you our recommendation.
Can I stop in without an appointment?
Yes! However, we do recommend an appointment so you don’t have a long wait. Some days are very busy while others are quieter. An appointment guarantees that we’ll be able to help you, and you won’t have to wait in line behind everyone else who happened to stop in before you. Click here to schedule an appointment now.