How to Remove a Battery From Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

Harley Davidson car motorcycles are fairly similar through the line-up, with a few smaller details spelling the differences between models. Unlike the Softail and Touring models, a Harley Davidson car houses its battery in a metal box below the right side of the Harley Davidson car seat. The Harley Davidson car frame and seat, however, prevent the battery box lid from being removed, leaving many Harley Davidson car owners dismayed at the thought of a dead battery. Battery removal, however, is assisted by a "jack" bolt that pivots the battery box away from the frame, allowing the battery to be disconnected and removed with ease.

Under The Hood:

 How to Remove a Battery From a PT Cruiser

Turn off all accessories and turn the ignition switch off. Open the hood and support it on the prop rod. Install a memory-saver device according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Don safety glasses. Find the air cleaner housing on the driver side of the engine compartment. Using a nut-driver, loosen the air-pipe hose clamp, and separate the housing from the pipe. Lift the housing slightly and separate it from the air inlet duct.

Loosen the negative battery cable terminal clamp with a wrench, and remove the cable from the battery post. Lead the cable away from the post so as to avoid accidental contact. Loosen the positive terminal clamp and remove it from the post. Remove the battery retainer, using a ratchet, socket and extension. Remove the retainer hardware from the battery.

Don rubber gloves. Lift the battery up and off the battery tray. Find the battery temperature sensor in the battery tray. It is a round disc in a recess in the middle of the tray. Inspect the sensor for debris and clean it as necessary, using a shop rag. Remove the sleeve from the battery and install it on the new battery.

Clean the battery terminals and the posts on the new battery, using the battery terminal and post cleaner. Lower the new battery into place on the battery tray. Install the retainer hardware and torque the retainer bolt to 110 inch-pounds, using an inch-pound torque wrench, extension and socket.

Install the positive battery terminal cable on the positive post and tighten it, then install the negative battery cable. Torque the pinch bolts to 110 inch-pounds.

Position the air cleaner housing and install it on the air inlet duct, then settle the housing into place. Install the air pipe on the housing and tighten the hose clamp. Remove the memory-saver device. Test drive the Cruiser.

Items you will need

  • Memory-saver device

  • Safety glasses

  • Nut-driver set

  • Wrench set

  • Ratchet

  • Extension

  • Socket set

  • Rubber gloves

  • Shop rag

  • Battery terminal and post cleaner

  • Inch-pound torque wrench

 How to Remove the Battery From a Ford Edge

Park the vehicle on a level surface and turn off the ignition. Open and secure the hood. Locate the negative battery cable end on the negative battery terminal. Loosen the retaining bolt on the cable end with a socket and ratchet, lift the cable off the battery and away from the terminal.

Loosen the retaining bolt on the positive battery cable end with a ratchet and socket and lift the cable off the battery. Isolate the positive battery cable away from the battery.

Locate the retaining bolt on the front of the battery, near the bottom. Remove the bolt and hold-down bracket from the battery with a socket, extension and ratchet.

Lift the battery straight up and off the tray. Move the battery out of the battery compartment and set it aside in a safe place.

Items you will need

  • Socket set

  • Ratchet

  • Extension bars

 How to Remove a Battery From a Harley-Davidson Road King

Unscrew the bolt securing the passenger seat to the Road King's rear fender, using a Phillips screwdriver. Lift the passenger seat upward slightly, then pull it away from the rider's seat.

Unscrew the nuts from the back of the rider's seat, using a 1/2-inch socket. Lift the rider's seat upward slightly and pull it away from the gas tank.

Unscrew the battery clamp bolt, using a Torx driver.

Unscrew the terminal bolt connecting the black cable to the battery's negative terminal, using a Phillips screwdriver. Pull the black cable away from the battery and the Road King's frame.

Unscrew the terminal bolt connecting the red cable to the battery's positive terminal, using a Phillips screwdriver. Pull the red cable away from the battery.

Lift the battery out of the Road King's frame.

Items you will need

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • 1/2-inch socket

  • Socket wrench

  • Torx screwdriver

 How to Remove the Battery in a Hyundai Tucson

Pull the hood release lever, located just inside the driver's door, near the floor, to open the hood of the Hyundai Tucson. Use a ratchet equipped with a metric socket set to remove the engine cover.

Locate the battery and spray a small quantity of terminal corrosion spray on the negative node of the battery. Using the wire brush, scrub off any residue of corrosion on the nodes. Use a 19mm box-end wrench to loosen the bolt on the connection to the negative node. When the terminal is loose enough, wiggle the negative battery terminal out.

Remove the positive battery cable using the same method that was used to remove the negative cable. Use a wrench to loosen the connections on the cable, and clean any corrosion from the surface.

Remove the old battery and set it to the side. Lift the battery from its tray and completely remove it from the engine section. Insert a new battery into the exact place that the old battery was removed from. The Hyundai Tucson uses a 9 volt 24-24F car battery. Clean the battery terminals using a wire brush.

Align the terminals to the adjacent nodes of the battery. Connect the positive node to the positive battery terminal and the negative node to the negative terminal. Use a 19mm box wrench to secure the connectors to the terminal posts. Spray the terminals with anti-corrosion spray and then place the engine cover securely above the battery.

Items you will need

  • Ratchet

  • Metric socket set

  • Corrosion spray

  • Wire brush

  • 19mm box end wrench

 How to Remove the Battery from a Buick Rendezvous

Place the Rendezvous in "Park" and turn all components such as lights and radio off. Remove the key from the ignition. Allow the vehicle to cool for a half hour.

Open the hood of the Buick. Locate the battery; the battery is found on the passenger side of the vehicle near the fuse box.

Remove the support bar that is blocking access to the battery. Remove the 13mm bolt behind the fuse box, using an extended socket. The secure bar can now be moved out of the way.

Remove the negative (black) battery cable using an 8mm socket or a 5/16 wrench. Twist and pull the cable off of the battery. Do the same for the positive (red) battery cable.

Remove the battery bolt. This bolt secures the battery in place and prevents unnecessary movement. Use a 13mm socket to loosen and remove the bolt. The battery can now be removed.

Lift the battery by the handle, straight out of the Rendezvous. The battery is in a tight spot; lift straight up with force.

Items you will need

  • 13mm socket

  • 8mm socket or a 5/16 wrench

 How to Remove the Battery From a Cadillac DeVille

Open the hood to access the engine compartment. The battery will be located at the front of the motor, next to the radiator.

Locate the positive and negative terminals at the back of the battery. The positive will be red and the negative will be black.

Unscrew the red terminal with a socket wrench and place it to the side. Do not allow the red and black terminals to touch, as this could cause an electrical arc and a possible electrical failure.

Unscrew the black terminal with a socket wrench and place it out of the way of the battery. The battery is disconnected from the electrical system.

Unbolt the bracket holding the battery in place. The bolt will be at the base of the battery. It can be removed with a socket wrench.

Pull the battery straight up and lift it out of the car. Some batteries will have a handle to make lifting easier. Some batteries will need to be grasped by the bottom and lifted out.

Items you will need

  • Socket wrench

  • Socket set

 How to Remove the Battery in a Silhouette

Open the hood of the van and locate the battery on the right side of the vehicle.

Remove the bolt holding the electrical center in place and reposition it in a way that allows access to the battery.

Remove the plastic cover of the wiper assembly.

Remove the nut holding the suspension bar in place using a wrench. Place the nut aside.

Rotate the suspension bar so that the suspension bar is no longer covering the battery.

Disconnect the battery cables by removing the black (negative) cable first followed by the red (positive) cable. You may need to loosen the bolts with an adjustable wrench in order to remove the cables.

Remove the battery from the plastic mount tray by grabbing onto the handle and lifting it up and out of the compartment. You may need to wiggle it around and twist slightly to remove it from the tight space.

Items you will need

  • Adjustable wrench

 How do I Remove the Battery in a 2005 Mini Cooper?

Find a flat, even surface with plenty of room in which to work. Shift the Mini Cooper into "Park" and turn off the ignition. Remove the keys.

Insert a computer memory saver into the 9-volt socket on your Mini if you want to save any of the computer or stereo settings.

Locate your battery. In the 2005 Mini Cooper and Mini Cooper convertible, the battery is in the engine compartment, on the driver's side. In the 2005 Mini Cooper S and Mini Cooper Convertible S, the battery is located in the rear trunk. To access the battery in this location, first lift out the trunk mat.

Remove the battery cover by unsnapping it at the sides.

Loosen the clamp on the negative battery terminal with a wrench. Pull the clamp off the terminal and place it out of the way of the battery.

Loosen the terminal on the positive battery cable. Pull the cable off and tuck it to the side.

Remove the battery from the compartment.

Items you will need

  • Adjustable wrench

 How Do I Remove a Battery from a BMW R1100RT?

Locate the seat-release lock under the tail light. Unlock the seat with the ignition key and pull it off the motorcycle's frame.

Remove the bolts from the left-middle fairing with an Allen wrench. Remove the left-middle fairing from the motorcycle to reveal the battery tray on the left side of the fuel tank.

Pull the rubber retaining strap off the battery tray. Remove the negative wire lead bolt from the battery with a Phillips screwdriver. Pull the negative wire lead away from the battery and the motorcycle's frame. Pull the battery out of the tray until the positive wire lead is accessible. Remove the positive wire lead bolt from the battery with a Phillips screwdriver. Pull the positive wire lead away from the battery.

Pull the battery out of the battery tray.

Items you will need

  • Ignition key

  • Allen wrench set

  • Phillips screwdriver

 How to Remove the Battery From a Sportster 1200 Low

Remove the black plastic cover for the battery compartment. The cover is located underneath the seat on the left side of the bike. Remove it by gently pulling on the top of the cover to unsnap its top clip. This should allow you to easily remove the entire cover and set it aside.

Slide the plastic electronic battery harness to the right of the battery to access the negative terminal.

Remove the bracket connecting the negative ("-") terminal to the frame of your Sportster with a socket wrench. The negative terminal grounds the battery. Removing it first will allow you to remove the wires connecting the positive ("+") terminal without shocking yourself.

Pull the wires connected to the positive terminal off by hand.

Cover the negative terminal with black electrical tape. This will protect you against accidentally touching the terminal to the frame, thereby grounding the battery and potentially shocking yourself.

Slide the battery out of the compartment.

Items you will need

  • Socket wrench

  • Electrical tape

 How to Remove a Battery From a 2005 Chevy Venture Van

Park your 2005 Chevy Venture van in a spot that gives you room to work around the engine compartment. Shift the van into park and set the parking brake. Turn the engine off and remove the keys from the ignition. Pop the hood.

Remove the cross-bar holding the battery in place. The cross-bar is held in place with socket bolts. Remove the bolts and lift the cross-bar up and out of the way.

Move the fuse box. Loosen the screw holding the fuse box in place with a Phillips head screwdriver. Set the screw aside. Lift the fuse box up and out of the way.

Disconnect the black (negative) battery terminal. Use a socket wrench to loosen the bolt on the terminal. Lift the terminal off the battery post.

Disconnect the red (positive) battery terminal. Use the socket wrench to loosen the bolt on the terminal. Lift the terminal off the battery post.

Loosen the battery brace holding the battery in place. The bolt for this is located at the base of the battery mounting plate. Unscrew the bolt with the adjustable wrench and remove the brace.

Remove the battery from the 2005 Chevy Venture van.

Items you will need

  • Socket wrench

  • Socket wrench set

  • Adjustable wrench

  • Phillips head screwdriver

  • Battery terminal brush

 How to Remove the Battery From a C4 Corvette

Turn the front wheels all the way to the left to expose the left, rear fender well cover and access panel.

Open the hood. Remove the five screws holding the rear fender well cover to the access panel using a Phillips head screwdriver.

Remove the bolt from the top of the access panel with the socket set.

Loosen the lower bolt in the access panel with a box wrench but do not remove it.

Remove the battery cable ends from the battery, starting with the negative cable, using the battery wrench.

Unbolt the battery hold down hardware with the socket set. Pick the battery up and remove it from the C4.

Items you will need

  • Phillips head screwdriver

  • Socket set

  • Box wrench set

  • Battery wrench

 How to Remove the Battery on 2003 Harley Davidson Dyna Low Rider

Unscrew the seat bolt from the rear fender using a Torx driver.

Push down on the front of the seat, and pull it toward the rear fender until it can be removed completely from the motorcycle.

Unscrew the pair of bolts from the top of the battery box cover using a Torx driver. Pull the cover off of the battery box.

Look for the jack bolt behind the battery box on the right side of the frame. Twist the bolt counterclockwise with a socket wrench to lower the battery box away from the frame.

Unscrew the negative lead from the battery's negative terminal using a Phillips screwdriver. Set the negative lead away from the battery and the motorcycle's frame. Unscrew the positive lead from the battery's positive terminal using a Phillips screwdriver. Pull the positive lead away from the battery.

Pull the battery out of the battery box.

Items you will need

  • Torx driver

  • Socket wrench

  • Phillips screwdriver

 How to Remove the Battery From a 2005 PT Cruiser Convertible

Place the PT Cruiser's transmission in park and shut off the engine. Engage the parking brake and open the hood. Put on your safety glasses and acid-resistant gloves.

Remove the bolts holding the negative and positive leads to the battery terminals using a 10 mm box-end wrench. Remove the leads from the terminals with a twisting/pulling motion.

Remove the bolt securing the battery hold-down to the bottom of the battery tray using a 13 mm socket and a 3/8-inch ratchet. Remove the battery hold-down and its bolt.

Grip the battery with two hands and lift it out of the engine compartment.

Items you will need

  • Safety glasses

  • Acid-resistant gloves

  • 10 mm box-end wrench

  • 3/8-inch ratchet

  • 13 mm socket