How to Change the Battery on Chevrolet Cars

by Contributing Writer

When it comes time to change the battery on a Chevrolet car you had better have an afternoon free. The Chevrolet car is designed differently from other years and has the battery tucked under the frame vbrace and fuse box. This is why the Chevrolet car uses a remote positive terminal for the purpose of jump-starting the car--because accessing the battery is not a quick and easy job. Once you have done it, you will be able to do it quicker the next go around because you will know the tricks to getting the battery out and in.

Under The Hood:

 How to Change the Battery on a 2006 Impala SS

Remove the Old Battery

Remove the frame brace from the engine compartment. The frame brace is a bar that is bolted between the front of the car and the rear at a slight angle to increase the rigidity of the frame in the event of an accident. The three bolts holding it in place (two in the front and two at the rear) are easily removed with a socket wrench.

Remove the two bolts at the top of the fuse box that hold the fuse box in place on the strut tower. Feel underneath the fuse box for the locking tab of the cover, push up on the tab and remove the cover of the fuse box.

Use a 1/2-inch short socket to loosen the two bolts on either end of the battery brace. Remove the bolt at the firewall (the wall between the engine and the interior of the car) completely and rotate the brace off the battery.

Use a socket wrench to loosen the terminal connector bolt on the negative battery cable and then pull the negative battery cable off the battery. Do the same for the positive cable. You must disconnect the negative cable first to prevent possible shock or an electrical short.

Lift the fuse box up while tilting the battery forward. When the edge of the battery is past the fuse box, pull the battery out of the holder.

Install the New Battery

Pull the fuse box forward and slide the battery into the battery holder. You will have to insert the battery with it tilted away from the holder until the bottom touches and then push it back and into place.

Connect the positive battery cable to the positive battery terminal and tighten the terminal connector bolt. Do the same for the negative terminal.

Rotate the battery brace back over the battery so that the bolt hole on the brace lines up with the bolt hole in the firewall. Insert the firewall side-bolt and tighten the bolts on both ends of the battery brace till they are hand-tight, then tighten them one-half turn more.

Replace the fuse box cover by inserting the locking tab into the slot at the bottom of the fuse box and pushing the cover on.

Bolt the fuse box back onto the strut tower by inserting the two bolts removed in Step 2 of Section 1 and tightening the bolts until they are hand-tight and then turning them one-half turn more. Re-install the frame brace making sure to replace all three bolts removed in Step 1 of Section 1 and tightening the bolts till they are hand-tight and then tightening them one-half turn more.

Items you will need

  • Socket set

  • New battery

 How to Change the Battery in a 2007 Tahoe

Put the vehicle in "Park." Turn off the radio and lights. Turn off the engine, and remove the keys.

Release the hood, using the hood release lever. It is located on the driver's side of the vehicle, to the left of, and below, the steering wheel.

Locate the battery on the passenger side of the vehicle, near the rear of the engine compartment.

Disconnect the strap that holds the battery in place.

Loosen, and remove, the negative cable, using the adjustable wrench. The negative cable is black and marked with a "-" symbol.

Loosen, and remove, the positive cable, using the adjustable wrench. The positive cable is and marked with a "+" symbol.

Lift the defective battery from the Tahoe, and discard, in accordance with your local laws.

Clear any dirt and debris from the battery tray. Use the wire brush to clean the battery cable ends.

Put the new battery in the battery tray; it must face the correct direction.

Reconnect the strap that holds the battery in place.

Reconnect the positive cable to the positive battery terminal.

Reconnect the negative cable to the negative battery terminal.

Close the Tahoe hood, and test the new battery.

Items you will need

  • Replacement battery

  • Adjustable wrench

  • Wire brush

 How to Change the Battery in Your 2005 Malibu Key FOB

Separate the top and bottom halves of the keyless entry fob to access its battery compartment. Insert the edge of a quarter or plastic guitar pick into the groove between the two halves. Twist the quarter or guitar pick to the left and right until the halves of the fob come apart.

Remove the spent battery from the fob's battery compartment. Pry the battery free of the compartment with a pair of plastic, needle-nose tweezers, rather than your fingers. Consult the environmental protection guidelines in your area to determine whether you should recycle the battery or discard it in your household trash.

Place a brand new CR2032 lithium battery into the battery compartment of the keyless entry fob. Face the "+" side of the battery up to observe the proper polarity. Apply pressure to the battery with the tip of your finger to ensure that it is correctly seated in the compartment.

Put the two halves of the keyless entry fob back together to complete the battery changing process. Align the two pieces and pinch them firmly between your fingers until you hear the clips engage.

Items you will need

  • Quarter or plastic guitar pick

  • Plastic needle-nose tweezer

  • CR2032 lithium battery

 How to Replace a Battery on a Chevrolet Equinox

Open the hood and locate the battery compartment. It sits under the computer module on the driver’s side, near the fender apron.

Remove the three Phillips screws holding the battery cover in place. Lift the cover off and set it aside.

Connect a memory saver device to the battery cables or the 12-volt outlet per the manufacturer instructions. the memory saver will preserve your computer's settings, along with those for your radio and seats.

Disconnect the negative battery cable with a wrench, and lift it free. Do the same with the positive cable, lift the battery out of the compartment and set it aside.

Place the new battery in the compartment. Connect the positive, and then the negative battery cable. Tighten the cables down just snug.

Reposition the cover on the battery compartment. Tighten the three Phillips screws. Don’t overtighten the screws or you will damage the threads.

Reposition the computer module and make sure it locks into place.

Items you will need

  • Memory saver

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Wrench

 How to Change a Battery in a Peugeot 206

Turn your 206 off and pop the hood. As with most cars, the battery compartment is in the engine compartment. In the 206, the battery is located to the right of the main engine block, on the driver's side of the engine compartment.

Loosen the bolt attaching the negative (black) connection wires to the negative terminal on your 206's battery using an adjustable wrench or pair of pliers. Remove the terminal by hand. It is important to remove the negative terminal first, as it is the grounding wire. Failure to remove the negative terminal first could result in a hazardous shock.

Loosen the bolt attaching the positive (red) connection wires to the positive terminal. Remove the terminal by hand.

Lift the old battery out of the battery housing case. The 12V battery in a Peugeot 206 weighs approximately 10 pounds.

Place the new battery in the housing case and reconnect the terminals, starting with the positive terminal then the negative terminal.

Items you will need

  • Gloves

  • Goggles

  • Adjustable wrench

  • Pliers

 How to Change a Battery in a 2003 Chevy Venture Van

Park your Chevy on an open, flat surface and turn off the ignition.

Open the hood and secure it with the lock bar.

Remove the black and red plastic covers from the battery terminals, if applicable. The covers pop off when lifted.

Remove the mounting bolts on both the positive and negative terminal connections using a crescent wrench.

Slide the terminals off the battery posts.

Lift the old battery out of its housing.

Slide a new auto battery into place in the housing.

Replace the positive, then negative terminals on the appropriate battery post. Make sure you match up the red (positive) and black (negative). Replace the mounting bolts on both terminals with a crescent wrench.

Place the plastic covers back on the terminals and close the vehicle's hood.

Items you will need

  • Crescent wrench

  • Replacement auto battery

 How to Replace a Battery on a Chevy Key FOB

Examine the back of your key fob. If it has a screw, then use the appropriate screwdriver to remove the screw and replace the battery with a new one. Do not touch the electronic circuitry. Replace the cover and replace the screw.

Inspect your key fob along the plastic seam for a small indentation that allows for a small flathead screwdriver to be inserted. Insert the screwdriver and turn, using the screwdriver as a lever. It should pop neatly open and allow you to replace the battery and then snap back on just as easily.

Assess whether your key fob can be pried open if it does not have a visible screw or visible indentation for a flathead screwdriver. Generally, square-shaped key fobs can be pried open with a dime or a small flathead screwdriver. Insert the object in the end of the key fob's hole where it attaches to your key ring--the section that sticks out from the rest of the fob. Insert the the dime or screwdriver in the seam of the fob's hole and turn, and your key fob should neatly pop open. Replace the battery and snap the fob back in place.

Items you will need

  • Small Philips-head or flathead screwdriver

  • Watch battery

  • Dime

 How to Replace the Battery in a Chevy Camaro

Find the battery close to the wall on the passenger side. Look for posts on side or top.

Remove the cable ends from the battery terminals with a socket wrench. A battery terminal puller typically doesn't fit in the tight space under the hood. Remove the ground wire and take off the negative terminal first, followed by the positive terminal.

Lift the battery out of the compartment. Use the wire brush to clean the surface that holds the battery. Clean the insides of the connector cables with a pointed wire brush. GM cables are notorious for acid build-up. Keep your gloves on at all times to avoid getting acid on your hands.

Rinse off the cables and battery tray or wipe with a damp cloth, and let them dry out.

Place the new battery on the shelf and reattach the cables. Tighten securely with pliers or a socket wrench. Buy a flat top cover to keep the battery cleaner.

Items you will need

  • 12-volt battery

  • Battery terminal puller

  • Wire brush

  • Flathead screwdriver

  • Socket wrench

 How to Replace the Battery in a 2007 Chevy Silverado

Put your latex gloves (or latex-free gloves if you have an allergy) on. Disconnect the negative battery cable from the old battery using the battery terminal wrench. Remove the positive battery cable in the same manner.

Unbolt the battery hold-down hardware using the socket set. Move the hold-down hardware out of the way, then lift the battery up and out of the battery tray.

Put the replacement battery into the battery tray in the same orientation as the old battery. Reinstall the battery hold-down hardware in reverse of how you removed it.

Clean the battery cable ends with the wire brush if there are any signs of corrosion on the cable ends.

Reconnect the positive battery cable with the battery terminal wrench. Reconnect the negative battery cable in the same manner.

Items you will need

  • Latex gloves

  • Battery terminal wrench

  • Socket set

  • Wire brush (optional)

  • Replacement battery

 How to Replace a Battery on a Chevy Trailblazer

Park your car on flat ground and put it in the appropriate gear to prevent it rolling. Leave the engine to cool.

Pop the hood and remove the strap holding the battery in place. In a Trailblazer, the battery can be found on the driver's side of the engine.

Remove the black negative cable and then the red positive cable from the battery using the wrench. Once disconnected, remove the battery from the engine.

Remove debris from the battery tray and clean thoroughly with a rag and brush.

Insert the replacement battery into the tray. Reconnect the cables, connecting the positive first and then the negative. Tighten to ensure they are connected properly.

Fasten the strap to keep the new battery in place.

Turn on the ignition to check that everything is working and, if so, close the hood.

Items you will need

  • Battery

  • Brush

  • Rag

  • Wrench

 How to Replace the Battery in a Chevy Cobalt

Find the battery mounted in the trunk on the driver's side, beside the spare tire. Remove the cable ends from the battery terminals with a battery terminal puller. Take off the negative terminal first.

Remove the cover and disconnect the harness that holds the battery in place.

Lift the battery out of the compartment and use a wire brush to clean the surface that holds the battery. Use a damp cloth to wipe off excess acid.

Detach the cable ends from the battery terminals with a battery terminal puller. Clean the insides of the connector cables with a pointed wire brush. Wear gloves to avoid getting acid on your hands.

Place the new battery on the shelf and attach the correct cable on each terminal. Tighten the cables securely with pliers or a socket wrench. Replace the battery holder and cover.

Items you will need

  • New 16-volt battery

  • Battery terminal puller

  • Wire brushes

  • Flathead screwdriver

  • Cloth

  • Gloves

  • Socket wrench