Change Toyota Battery

How to Change Toyota Battery

DIY Cost: $80-$140
Est. Time: 30 min
Difficulty: Easy
This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to change a Toyota battery.


  1. Park the vehicle on level ground. Set the parking brake and turn off the ignition. how to change toyota car battery


  2. Open the hood of your car by pulling the release lever located under the left side of the driver’s dashboard side.Pulling the hood latch


  3. Slide your hand under the hood and depress the safety lever under the hood to open the hood.Slide hand under the hoodOpening the hood latch


  4. Locate the battery in the engine bay.Toyota camry battery replacementToyota 4runner battery replacementBattery
  5. Gently remove the battery terminal covers (Be careful to avoid bridging the battery with tools)Terminal Cover


  6. Use the 10mm open-end wrench to loosen (not remove) the nut on the negative battery terminal.
    The negative terminal is denoted with a negative sign “-” next to the battery post. Disconnect the negative terminal from the battery post. Negative Terminal
  7. Remove the positive (red cable) from the battery positive (+) post. Isolate both ends of the connectors to avoid shorts. Positive Terminal


  8. Use a 10mm wrench to remove the bracket on top of the battery. 
  9. Clean the battery bay and the connectors to remove any acidic residue that has built up over time.
  10. Remove the old battery and fit your new battery carefully onto the battery tray. 
  11. Reinstall the bracket. Do not overtighten the bracket, or you will risk cracking the battery case. 
  12. Connect the positive terminal first and make sure it is tight and secure. 
  13. Connect the negative terminal last.
  14. Spray battery terminal protector. Reinstall the battery terminal covers.
  15. Dispose of your old battery properly. If you were charged a core fee when the new battery was purchased, return it to the store to receive a core refund. 
  16. Press unlock on your keyfob. Enter the vehicle and start the engine by pressing the Start/Stop button. 
  17. Synchronize your windows and set your radio stations. Synchronize Radio

Changing the car battery on a Toyota is an easy job that you can perform at home. Do not short the battery terminals, or you risk causing electrical problems or blowing a fuse, which will prevent you from starting your Toyota. 

We do not recommend using a backup battery to keep the vehicle powered on as you change the battery. 

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