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This is a blog about self-improvement. Here, I share my story of personal growth in the areas of health and well-being, DIY skills, and lots more. I'll write about my two kids, sometimes my husband, and our family's life in Westchester County, NY.
About 18 months ago, a mechanic informed me that it was time
for a new battery on our 2009 CRV. I started researching where to get this work done
and the pricing seemed to hover around $150 including parts and labor. I wasn’t
really excited about any of my options and remembered seeing car batteries
for sale at Costco, so I decided to do the work myself.
2014 Subaru Battery
Online Video Tutorials
There are great tutorials online to walk you through
changing your car battery. I liked the ones on Car Care Kiosk the best and you
can find the CRV one I used here. Car Care Kiosk separates each step into a separate
video, but groups them together on one page. So you can watch the video, complete
the step, and easily move onto the next video.
In terms of equipment, I gathered gloves and safety goggles
for protection, baking soda (for any corrosion), a terminal brush from AutoZone, a wrench, and petroleum jelly. I didn’t
wind up using the terminal brush because it’s for if your cables are corroded,
which mine were not. I got the battery at Costco, which they actually sell in
the main store and not the tire store, at least at our location. There is a
handy book attached to the shelf of batteries, and you simply look up your
vehicle’s make, model, and year to find the battery part number.
Getting It Done
After I procured all my supplies, I got to work. I wore long
sleeves and jeans for protection. Then I watched the video step-by-step and was
done before I knew it. I didn’t use a battery tender as a temporary energy
supply while I changed out the battery, and did have to input my security code
for the radio, which I had stored with my owner’s manual. The hardest part was
getting a grip on the battery and lifting it out of the car because it is quite
heavy. Make sure you dispose of the battery properly … in our town, we have a
hazardous materials drop-off location.
Everything went smoothly because the car did start up when I
tested it. A couple of months after the CRV needed a new battery, it was the
Subaru’s turn. I went back to Car Care Kiosk for the correct video, which you
can find here. All in all, it’s a simple process and worthwhile to do yourself.
I saved at least $75 on each car and it feels good to be able to do these tasks yourself,
if you have the time and inclination.