How do you change a Honda Civic battery?

What’s the easiest way to replace my Civic battery? I don’t have the money to take my car to a shop, especially since Christmas is coming up. But it’s been difficult to start lately, so I think it needs a new battery.

Liz Jenson · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Changing your battery yourself is a great way to save money! Here’s how to change a
Honda Civic
battery. Note that this advice is for informational purposes and should not replace the advice of an automobile expert.
  • Park your car on level ground, turn the engine off, and engage the parking brake.
  • Open the hood
    and locate your battery.
  • Disconnect the negative battery terminal. It should be marked with a – symbol.
  • Then, disconnect the positive battery terminal. It should be marked with a + symbol.
  • Next, remove the bracket that holds your battery in place. You may need to undo a bolt or two in order to do this.
  • Carefully lift the old battery out of your car and place it in two thick trash bags.
  • Place the new battery in the battery tray and attach the battery bracket.
  • Connect the positive battery terminal first, then connect the negative battery terminal.
  • Dispose of your old battery at a hazardous chemical pickup/dropoff site.
Congratulations! You’ve just changed your car battery yourself.
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