How to Replace the Battery in a Nissan Altima

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The Nissan Altima has been a favorite of families since the sedan's introduction in 1993. Watch for a chalky white substance on the battery, which means acid is leaking and the battery should be replaced. To replace the battery, lift the hood and find the battery conveniently located behind the driver's side headlight.

Things You'll Need

  • New 12-volt battery
  • Socket wrench
  • Battery terminal puller
  • Wire brushes
  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Disconnect the cable ends from the battery terminals with a battery terminal puller. Remove the negative cable first.

  • Lift the battery out of the compartment. Keep your gloves on at all times to avoid getting acid on your hands. Safely dispose of the battery at an auto parts store or a recycling center.

  • Use a wire brush to clean the surface that holds the battery. Wipe it down with a damp cloth and let it dry. Wear glasses or goggles to prevent acid from splashing in your eyes.

  • 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.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be aware that the electrical system in the Nissan Altima may reset itself if you replace the battery. Make sure all systems are functional when you start driving.
  • Never smoke when replacing a battery.
  • Wear gloves when handling the battery and the battery cables.

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