You may take care of your car regularly by washing and cleansing it but have you ever concerned about the internal parts of your car body? Have you ever try to take care of the vital internal components like battery terminals which can be Nissan Altima battery terminals or whichever installed in your car.
You should look at your battery terminals by replacing them on a regular basis. Sometimes after a long time span, you check the terminals, and you would find them so corroded due to acidic substances that you cannot even fix them at home. So before making up it extremely seriously, just inspect them at definite intervals.
You may get surprised, but you can replace your battery terminals by yourself only. There is no need to hire a technician for it. For the replacement procedure, you just need to perform some steps, and you should also have some equipment tools. By taking some precautions, you will accomplish this task well.
Required Tools for Conducting the Battery Terminal Procedure
When you open your car bonnet, just have a look at the battery portion. You find a white or bluish powdery substance which is called dried acid. So that means your battery terminals are screaming at you loudly to take care of them properly at regular intervals. With the help of above-enlisted tools, you can easily proceed well for the replacement.
You should follow below instructions while you performing this task:
- Avoid excessive tightening of nuts
- Always use cloth while you take the nuts off from both the terminals
- In case of replacement of terminal cable, cut the insulation properly
- Avoid direct contact with your skin and eyes with battery corrosion as it can irritate your skin and harm your eyes
- Remove first negative battery terminal only
Following Steps should be taken for the Replacement of Nissan Altima Battery Terminals
First of all, you should remove your car key from ignition and close off the car to execute following steps:
1. Requirement of Replacement
If you find terminals get corroded, and the ends are cracked, then it’s a time for the replacement. Your battery terminal ends are made up of lead. If you frequently open and close the ends, then it results in weakening, cracking and breaking off ends.
If you find cracks on terminals or you have to make efforts to tighten them to resist the movement of ends, then it is the time for replacing the terminals.
2. Disconnect the Negative End
Keep in your mind one thing that always you should disconnect negative terminal first, because it will reduce the possibilities of shorting of the battery when you are disconnecting the positive terminal.
Find a bolt and using the nominal sized wrench rotate in counter-clock direction.
3. Cautiously Bring the Negative Terminal Up
You should lift up the negative terminal using a cloth. You should be careful from the corroded battery as it is harmful to our skin and eyes when they come in contact with it.
4. Disconnect the Positive End
On the positive end loosen the nut in anti-clockwise by using a suitably sized wrench. You should just loosen the nut until the terminal can remove from the post easily. Use sand paper to clean the occupied area of terminals wholly.
Carefully remove the positive end using a cloth and then place it on it.
5. Locate Nut on Negative Terminal
Locate nut on the negative terminal and by using wrench remove it from the bolt. Now take the wire plates off which are placed on the top and bottom of the terminal.
It is totally okay you take the wire plate off by your hands. It is not at all risky.
6. Replace the Wire Plate by New One
Put aside the old terminal and replace it with the new one. After that, replace the wire plates also.
It is not mandatory that wire plates should be placed in the same order.
7. Cutting and Stripping of Wires
Using cutters cut the old end of the cable and strip it with a knife. Push down against the wire and twist it. This process is mandatory for both wires to cut the insulation of them.
8. Insertion of Stripped Wires
Insert the stripped wires inside the both terminals until the wires begin to poke out. Do this after tightening the two bolts firmly. Drag out the wires tightly to make sure whether you fasten them properly or not.
9. Clean and Inspect Top Posts
You should safely clean the top posts with the help of terminal wire brush. Clean both inside and outside until the metal shines again and become free from corrosion.
If they are extremely corroded, then try to clean them by applying a mixture of baking soda and vinegar on the surface of the posts.
10. Fix the Flat Washer Up on the Top Post
Locate the flat washer. Next, tighten the bolt from the thread side.
It is not necessary that in all the batteries flat washer is used. If your pack comes without washer then only tighten the nut by rotating anticlockwise using a wrench.
11. Put the New Positive Terminal Back on Node
Install the new positive terminal back by using cloth on the positive node.
12. Put the New Negative Terminal Back on Node
Place the negative terminal back by using cloth onto the negative node.
13. Tighten the Nuts of Both the Terminals
Tighten the nut on the negative terminal by rotating it clockwise with the help of a wrench.
The Same operation is carried out on the positive terminal. For the safety and security of connection, you do not need to tighten the nuts too much. Excessive tightening will result in the cracks on the terminal portion.
Click on the below link to get the practical idea of the replacement of battery terminals, which will be helpful to perform all the steps mentioned above well:
You should inspect and clean your battery terminals every twice year. This will keep away your battery terminals from corrosion. I recommend you to check your battery terminals when you go for the oil change.
Choose the kind of terminals which are consist of highly anti-corrosive metal. You should prefer the Nissan Altima battery terminals for the long life of your battery as they are made up of anti-corrosion steel for increased current flow and to reduce the current loss flowing through cables.
Now I hope you can see how easy it is to replace your car’s battery terminals. As I mentioned in the above procedures followed by few steps, replacing car battery terminals is the process of all of cutting the old terminal end, stripping the wires to cut the insulation and inserting-tightening of nuts.
If you are considering that replacement process can only be done with technical knowledge, then you are proved wrong here. It only needs some precautions. Well, if you are a car enthusiast then you should prefer to do it at home and get more familiar with the internal parts of your beloved car.
I hope the preceding paragraphs approach and replacement procedure will help you easily in the replacing of your darling car’s corroded battery terminals by brand new Nissan Altima Battery terminals and enjoy the smooth car ride! Visit us for more car-related information.