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Acura Battery Replacement DIY Guide

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In this tutorial, you will find instructions on how to change the battery on any ACURA. These steps will help yo remove and install a new battery on Acura models such as CSX, ILX, MDX, RDX, RL, RLX, TL, TLX, TSX, ZDX. To change the battery on 1998-2019 ACURA vehicle you will need a few basic tools such as a 10mm wrench, terminal cleaning brush, battery protector and of course a new ACURA battery.

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Here is a list of the most common symptoms that your Acura battery may need to be replaced. 

  • ACURA does not start
  • Battery is dead and does not hold a charge
  • Acura engine cranks very slow in the morning
  • ACURA is completely dead, has no power or lights
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What you will need

New Acura Battery

A new Acura battery is required to complete this task. Below is a table that shows the required battery size for various Acura cars and SUVs. It is important to verify the battery size by either looking it up on your owners manual or calling your Acura dealer. When buying Acura battery online, check fitment before purchase. 

Model Size Min. Cold Cranking
CSX Group 51R Battery 410A
ILX Group  51R Battery 410A
MDX Group 24F Battery 550A
RDX Group 24F Battery 550A
RL  Group 24 Battery 585A
RLX Group 24F Battery 550A
TL  Group 24F Battery 550A
TLX Group H6 AGM Battery 440A
TSX Group 51R Battery 430A
ZDX Group 24F Battery 550A

Tools Needed:

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Step 1: Turn off engine

1998-2019 ACURA model Change car battery at home negative termnial

Before you get started replacing the car battery on your ACURA it is important to remove the key from the ignition. ACURA can be sensitive to voltage drops and by keeping the key out of the ignition we can avoid electrical problems.

In case your ACURA battery is completely dead, you will not be able to get into the car because your key fob remote will not unlock the car. Remove the metal key from the remove and manually open the driver's door as shown in this video.

Step 2: Open Hood

Pull the hood release under the dashboard on driver's side. Next, release the hood latch at the front of your Acura.

Step 3: Locate Battery

open trunk to access battery

In ACURA the battery is located in the engine bay. Once you open the hood you will see the battery on the driver's side of the engine. On newer Acura vehicles you will need to remove the plastic cover in order to see the battery. 

acura battery location

For example, in this Acura TL the battery is located under this cover. Once you remove this cover you will see the battery underneath. 

acura tl battery location

Here is the location of the battery on a 2016 Acura TLX. 

change acura battery yourself

Step 4: Disconnect Negative

1998-2019 ACURA model Change car battery at home negative termnial

Always disconnect the negative battery terminal first. Loosen the 10mm nut but do not remove it. Once the nut is loose pull the cable up and away from the negative battery post. 

Step 5: Disconnect Positive

Next, disconnect the positive battery terminal.

Step 6: Replace Battery

Remove battery hold down bracket. Here is a close up picture of the battery bracket on an ACURA. Some Acuras use a side bracket instead of the top bracket. 

acura side battery bracket

If that is the case you will need a 13mm socket and an 8" ratchet extension to remove the side bracket. 

Step 7: Clean Terminals

It is important to clean battery terminals of your ACURA using a terminal brush. This will ensure that you don't have any corrosion issue in the future.

Step 8: Connect Positive

Reconnect battery terminals. First, you always connect the positive battery cable to the positive battery terminal..

Step 9: Connect Negative

acura negative battery terminal

Lastly, connect the negative terminals. Use fiber washers to prevent corrosion of the battery terminals.

Step 10: Protect Terminals

Spray terminal protector on the battery posts and clamps. A battery protector helps seal the metal surfaces. It helps reduce corrosion and improves current flow.

Step 11: Start engine

ACURA model chattery chage guide instructions to do it at home

Now it is time to start your ACURA. Enter the car and start the engine as you normally would. Follow the instructions found in your owner's manual to synchronize windows, sunroof, seats and set lost radio preset stations.

This guide is applicable to Acura model years 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019. Battery location and bracket design can vary between years. 

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