How to Change the Battery in Honda Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

The battery on the Honda car is on the driver's side toward the front of the engine compartment. The battery is secured to the engine compartment by a plastic mount on the back of the battery. The mount is held in place in the engine compartment by a single bolt and nut. The mount will slide off of the bolt once you have removed the nut from the top of the bolt. The nut can be removed by twisting it off with your hand.

Under The Hood:

 How to Change the Battery in a Honda Element

Park your Element on a flat surface where you have easy access to the engine compartment.

Pop the hood and climb out of the vehicle. Lift the hood by pressing the hood lever from left to right.

Pull the positive and negative covers off the terminals by hand.

Remove the positive and negative terminal bolts, using a crescent wrench. Once the bolts are loosened, the terminals should simply slide off the battery rods.

Remove the old battery and set it aside. Slide a new battery into place in the housing.

Replace the positive and negative terminals, being sure to match positive---red---with positive and negative---black---with negative.

Replace the terminal covers and close the hood.

Items you will need

  • Crescent wrench

 How to Change the Battery in a Honda Accord


Remove the key from the ignition. Install the memory saver per its manufacturer's instructions. Not using a memory saver can cause several problems. The stereo-navigation unit will lock and the clock will need to re reset. Make sure you have your radio lock code before you proceed without a memory saver.

Remove the negative battery cable and isolate it from the battery. Using the ratchet and a 10 mm socket, remove the two nuts holding the battery cross-bar in place. Remove the cross-bar. Using the same size socket, loosen the negative battery cable nut. Loosen the positive battery cable nut, remove the cable and isolate it from the battery.

Remove the battery cover from the battery by lifting it straight up. Remove the battery from the car without tilting it too much. You do not want to allow any acid to spill. Clean any corrosion from the battery cable ends with the wire brush.


Match the new battery to the old battery, making sure that the positive and negative terminals are on the correct side of the battery. Install the battery into the vehicle. Place the battery cover over the battery.

Install the positive battery cable and tighten the clamp nut to 4 foot-pounds. Install the battery cross-plate and tighten both hold-down nuts until they are snug and you cannot move the battery by hand. Install the negative battery cable and tighten the clamp nut to 4 foot-pounds.

Apply a light coat of dielectric grease to the battery terminals to prevent corrosion. Remove the memory saver. Start the car and verify that all electrical systems are working properly.

Items you will need

  • Memory saver

  • 3/8-inch-drive ratchet with extensions

  • Metric sockets

  • Dielectric grease

  • Wire brush

  • Battery

  • Torque wrench

 How to Change the Battery in a 2003 Honda Civic

Open the Honda Civic's hood and locate the battery. Use the appropriate-sized screwdriver to remove the securing mounts holding the battery cables in place on the battery.

Twist the securing nut in a counterclockwise motion to remove it from the mounting bolt. Slide the mount off of the bolt.

Lift up on the handle connected to the battery and pull the battery out of the engine compartment.

Insert the new battery in the same place and position as the old battery. Slide the mount onto the mounting bolt. Twist the securing nut in a clockwise motion until the nut is tightly secured to the mounting bolt.

Reconnect the battery cables to the corresponding connections and tighten the cables with the screwdriver.

Items you will need

  • Screwdriver

  • Replacement battery

 How to Replace a Battery for a 2005 Honda Pilot

Removing the Old Battery

Pop the Pilot's hood and open it by sliding the latch under the hood from right to left.

Locate the battery on the right side of the engine housing. Remove the battery mounting clamp by removing the bolt on top using a 10 mm open-end wrench. You may have to use some force if the bolt has been attached for an extended period of time.

Lift the mounting bracket up, moving it out of the way.

Remove the 10 mm bolts on both the positive and negative post mounts, once again using an open-end wrench.

Slide the power clamps off the positive and negative posts.

Lift the old battery out of its housing.

Installing the New Battery

Lift the new battery and gently place it into the housing in the engine compartment. Make sure to arrange the battery so the posts are in the back.

Slide the power clamps onto the new battery's posts. Be sure to match positive (red) with positive and negative (black) with negative.

Replace the bolts on both power clamps using an open-end wrench. Be sure to get the clamps on very tight, as otherwise the vehicle's vibrations may loosen them.

Lift the mounting bracket back over the battery and twist its mounting bolt back on. Tighten it down snugly with the wrench.

Items you will need

  • 10 mm open-end wrench

 How to Replace the Battery for a Honda Keyless Entry System

Run a blade edge (such as a knife or a flat head screwdriver) along the edges of the remote to loosen the top of the case from the bottom.

Wedge the blade into one spot on the case and pry the top from the bottom to pop the remote open.

Notice the location and angle of the old battery before gently removing it from underneath the small placeholder.

Place your new battery in the same spot as the old one and lower the small plastic tab back onto the battery.

Gently pop the case back together, and secure the case so it is entirely fastened together.

 How to Replace a Battery in a Honda Key

Separate the two halves of your key fob with the flathead screwdriver. Exert gentle pressure so as not to damage the fob.

Remove the old battery. Try not to touch the battery terminals with your fingers. The presence of bodily oil on the terminals can shorten their lifespan.

Place the new battery into the open position. The inside of the fob will include instructions for the correct position.

Reconnect the two halves of the fob by aligning them properly and gently pressing them together until you hear the fob snap.

Test the remote entry system to ensure that it works properly.

Items you will need

  • Small flathead screwdriver

  • Replacement battery

 How to Replace the Battery in a Honda CR-V

Look for the battery on the driver's side, just behind the slanted headlight box.

Remove the metal holder with a flathead screwdriver. Take out the long screws that hold the plate in place.

Disconnect the cable ends from the battery terminals with a battery terminal puller.

Lift the battery out of the compartment. Keep your gloves on at all times to avoid getting acid on your hands.

Use a wire brush to clean the surface that holds the battery. Wipe it down with a damp cloth and let it dry.

Clean the insides of the connector cables with a pointed wire brush and dry them off with an old cloth you can throw away.

Place the new battery on the shelf. Attach the correct cable on each terminal and tighten it securely with pliers or a socket wrench. Replace the metal battery holder.

Items you will need

  • Honda 12-volt battery

  • Gloves

  • Socket wrench

  • Battery terminal puller

  • Wire brushes

  • Flathead screwdriver

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