How to Replace the Battery in a Toyota Highlander

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As one of the first crossover SUVs, the Toyota Highlander has been popular since it debuted in 2001. It has the cargo-carrying space of an SUV with the handling of a car. While Toyotas have a reputation of good quality, you will need to replace the battery after about 5 years. Check the battery power with a battery-testing meter, or replace it if you see a white chalky substance on the top.

Things You'll Need

  • New 12-volt battery
  • Battery terminal puller
  • Wire brushes
  • Socket wrench
  • Old rags
  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Locate the battery easily on the driver's side just behind the headlight.

  • Remove the cables from the battery terminals with a battery terminal puller. Take off the negative cable first.

  • Lift the battery out of the compartment. Safely dispose of the used battery at an auto parts store, which will often take it as a trade-in, or bring it to a recycling center.

  • Use a wire brush to clean the tray that holds the battery. Wipe it off with a damp cloth and let it dry before replacing new battery. Dispose of the rags since they're covered with acid.

  • Clean the insides of the connector cables with a pointed wire brush. Keep your gloves on at all times to avoid getting acid on your hands and wear glasses or goggles to protect your eyes.

  • Place the new battery on the battery tray. Attach the correct cable on each terminal and tighten securely with pliers or socket wrench.

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