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How to Replace and Recycle Your Batteries

October 31, 2012

[Posted on Oct 31]

Written by: Randy Walker


Replacing, and correctly recycling, your heavy-duty battery does not have to be a chore. Owners should follow these simple steps to ensure the safe and effective removal of their old RBC2 batteries, while also saving yourself a headache.  


Practice Safety during the Initial Inspection


The first step in replacing your old batteries, and probably the most important, is to ensure that the keys are removed from the ignition so the battery isn't receiving any power. You should then tap the terminal posts with a hammer to break up any sulfate deposits. Then, clean the terminals with a baking soda and water solution to remove the deposits and wipe them off with a rag. Finally, inspect the battery for cracks that might allow acid to come out on to your skin, and cover them with a piece of duct tape. 

Removal of the Old Battery

You will then remove the old battery very carefully. First, with your wrench or pliers, loosen the nut on the bolt that secures the terminal cable to the negative post. When you have loosened it, put your tools aside and slide the end clamp from the negative terminal. Follow the same steps to remove the end clamp from the positive terminal. 

You should then unfasten the plate holding the battery in place. Once the plate is loose, you can finally remove the battery from the car. Be very careful when doing so. Remember to lift with your knees to avoid back injury, and be careful not to let any acid spill out of the battery on to your skin. Set the old battery on the ground away from the car. The last step is to clean the cable end clamps with the battery terminal cleaner or wire brush, and then apply a coat of corrosion protection spray to prevent future sulfate deposits. 

Installing the New Battery

To install the new battery, carefully place it into its seat. Starting with the positive terminal, remove the plastic cap and brush the new post with a battery terminal cleaner. Spray a coat of corrosion protection on the post, and hook the end clamp securely on to the post. Hold the bolt head in place with pliers or a wrench, and tighten the nut with a second pair of pliers or wrench. Follow the same process with the negative terminal. 

Reattach the plate to hold the battery in place when traveling over rough terrain. You absolutely do not want to drive with an unattached battery. Try to start your car, and it should start right up. 

Recycling Your Old Battery

The final step of replacing your battery is to dispose of the old one properly. Due to strict regulations, you cannot just throw your old battery away into the garbage. 

RBC2 Batteries means that it will be broken down and each part will be used for something in the future. The plastic will be used to make new plastic products. An industrial compound is used to neutralize the acid, and it is then treated, turned into water, and released into the public sewer system. However, your battery must be recycled in a safe way to avoid releasing toxic waste into the environment. You can take your battery to any retailer that sells lead-acid batteries, a scrap metal dealer or your state’s hazardous waste collection site to be safely recycled.

Be sure to use a plastic container or cardboard box when transporting your battery to be recycled, and always use goggle and gloves. If you follow these simple steps, you can easily replace your battery and dispose of it properly. 

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