How do I change a Honda battery?

I was getting the oil changed on my Honda Fit today and the mechanic told me that I’m going to need a new battery soon. I know that I can save money by replacing the battery myself, but I just don’t know how to do it. How can I change a Honda battery?

Answer
A battery that’s in good condition should have 12.6 volts when the car is off and around 14 volts when the car is running. If the battery in your Honda Fit has fallen below this level, it’s time for a new one.
To change a Honda battery, pop the hood, pull out the old battery, and connect the fresh battery. If you’re changing the battery for the first time, follow these step-by-step instructions:
  • Park on a flat, level surface. Make sure the engine is off.
  • Pop the hood of your Honda.
  • Look for the battery. It’s a large block that’s usually on the far-most right or left side of the engine compartment. If you can’t locate it, check your owner’s manual.
  • First, disconnect the negative terminal of the battery, which is marked with a minus sign.
  • Next, disconnect the positive terminal, which is marked with a plus sign.
  • Pull out the old battery. It may be secured in place, so you might need a wrench or screwdriver to remove it.
  • Put the new battery in place and secure it the same way as the old battery.
  • Attach the positive terminal first, followed by the negative. Make sure they’re sufficiently tight.
  • Firmly shut the hood of your Honda.
  • Fire up the engine to test the new battery.
And that’s all there is to it! Once you’ve replaced the battery, you shouldn’t have any problems with the electronics of the vehicle or starting the car.
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Eric Schad
Answered on Dec 28, 2021
Eric Schad has been a freelance writer for nearly a decade, as well as an SEO specialist and editor for the past five years. Before getting behind the keyboard, he worked in the finance and music industries (the perfect combo). With a wide array of professional and personal experiences, he’s developed a knack for tone and branding across many different verticals. Away from the computer, Schad is a blues guitar shredder, crazed sports fan, and always down for a spontaneous trip anywhere around the globe.
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