How to change the battery on Hyundai Elantra 2011-2016

These instructions apply to Hyundai Elantra model years: 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015.

What you will need

The OEM original battery on a 2016 Hyundai Elantra has the following specifications: 120 RC, 610 Cranking Amp (CA), 760 Cold Cranking Amps (CCA), AGM 70L-DIN / 70 Ah 20 HR.


Turn off the engine

How to replace battery on Hyundai Elantra 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

Turning off the engine. Remove the key from the ignition. Engage your parking brakes.

Open Hood

Open the hood by pulling on the hood release lever located under the dashboard.

Locate the battery


All Hyundai Elantra cars have the battery located in the engine bay. Note that some models have a plastic cover above the battery. This will need to be removed in order to access the battery.

Disconnect the battery cables

Use a socket and ratchet handle to loosen the 10 mm bolt on the negative (-) terminal. Near the negative battery post, you will notice a (-) minus symbol or the words NEG / NEGATIVE stamped on the battery.

If the cable resists to come off the battery terminal, try twisting the clamp then remove it. Next, repeat the process for the positive (+) terminal. 


Remove battery bracket


Locate the battery clamp. Remove the 12 mm bolt on the battery clamp. Use a socket and ratchet to remove this bolt. Place both the hold-down device and the bolts aside.

Remove old battery


Take the battery out of the battery tray. Batteries are heavy, so grab from the bottom using both hands. If the battery has a handle, use that instead. 

If the old battery was fitted with an insulation sleeve make sure to remove it from the old battery and install it on the new battery.

Carefully, lower the new battery on the battery tray. Pay attention to the battery +/- pole orientation. They need to be in the same location as the old battery. 

Install Hyundai Elantra battery bracket 

Reinstall the battery bracket. Ensure that the battery does not move. Try to move the battery back and forth to ensure that the battery is secure. 

Clean battery terminal and clamp

Before you reconnect the cables, clean the terminals using the battery post brush tool.

Connect new battery

Next, connect the positive cable and fasten the terminal bolts. Now you can reconnect the positive battery cable. Last, connect the negative battery terminal and tighten the bolt. 

Ensure that all cable connections/ hold downs are properly tightened. Check the security of your battery by trying to move it back and forth.

The battery cables should not move or rotate on the terminals. If your car does not start, check the battery cables to make sure they are secured on the battery post.

Best battery for Hyundai Elantra

We found two highly rated batteries that fit the Hyundai Elantra.

  1. ACDelco 47AGM Professional AGM Automotive BCI Group 47 Battery
    This battery is an exact fit and meets the OEM specifications and requirements. 

  2. Optima Batteries 8020-164 35 RedTop Starting Battery
    The Optima battery has a slightly different size than the OEM battery. Still meets the CCA/CA and RC specifications. Highly rated. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

2011-2016 Hyundai Elantra use Group 47 Battery also known as H5.

760 Cold Cranking Amps (CCA), 610 Cranking Amp (CA)

At your local mechanic or Hyundai dealership expect to pay between $280 and $450 to change the battery on a Hyundai Elantra. If you change the battery yourself you will spend between $100-$150 for the new battery. Hyundai Elantra Battery Replacement Costs can vary by location.

Most batteries last between 5 and 10 years. If your Hyundai battery is showing signs such as hesitating the start the car you should replace the battery ASAP.



Lisa, 2019-05-23

Thank you. I did it all by myself. That is - with your help

Ryan, 2019-07-13

Not sure what kind of battery Hyundai is using, but it is impossible to find one with these specs. First, the Cranking Amps are always higher than the Cold Cranking Amps on every battery I've looked at. So to buy a battery with 760 CCA, you're going to end up with 900+ CA. Also, most batteries I've seen, once you get to one with 760 CCA, it bumps up to an H6 size, not an H5. Again, not sure what Hyundai did, but it looks like they've manufactured their own special battery so it will be impossible to match at an auto parts store. I've never had such a hard time trying to find a battery to match.

Jim's Auto, 2019-07-30


You don't have to find a battery with the exact specs. If you really want that, order the battery from the dealer.

Any battery that is withing the 10-20% of the OEM battery will perform just fine. A smaller battery will be fine but may struggle in the winter months.


By YOUCANIC on Aug 16, 2019


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