Symptoms of bad battery on Honda and How to replace it

In this guide, you will find instructions on how to change the battery on Honda vehicles.

The video shown is from a 2015 Honda Civic but these instructions will help you change the battery on an Accord, Pilot, Odyssey, Insight, CR-V and other Honda vehicles that have the battery in the engine bay. 

Changing the battery on a Honda is easy, requires a few basic tools and takes approximately 30 minutes.


  • Battery dead, Honda won't start.
  • Lights don't work. 
  • Honda engine won't crank
  • You hear a click and engine won't turn over
  • Engine turns over very slowly

What you need

  • Honda Car Battery
    • Enter Model and Year to filter results that fit your Honda. 
    • Group size 24 and 51R are the most common Honda battery sizes. 
    • Most four-cylinder Honda vehicles such as Civic and Accords require a min 410 cold cranking amp (CCA) while six-cylinder models require 500A  CCA.
  • 10mm combination wrench
  • Battery terminal brush
  • Battery terminal protector

How to replace Honda battery

  1. Park your vehicle in a safe area and remove the key from the ignition. Set the parking brakes. honda battery replacement


  2. Open the hood by pulling the hood release under the dashboard. open honda hood to start replacing the battery


  3. Locate the battery. honda battery location


  4. Disconnect the negative battery disconnect negative battery Watch a video on how to disconnect the negative battery terminal. 
    Video file
  5. Disconnect the positive battery terminal. remove honda battery positive terminal


  6. Remove the bracket that holds the battery in place. honda battery bracket removal


  7. Remove the old battery and place the new battery in the battery battery replacementCaution:Car batteries are heavy.
  8. Reinstall the new battery and bracket.
  9. Clean the battery terminals using a battery terminal brush
    Video file
  10. Connect the positive battery terminal first
  11. Connect the negative battery terminal last
  12. Spray battery terminal protector whenever possible to prevent corrosion and improve the connection at the terminals. 
    Video file


You are done! Congratulations.  

Battery replacement cost

The average cost to change Honda battery at the dealer ranges between $180 and $280.

The average cost to change Honda battery yourself ranges between $85 and $130.

Honda OEM battery warranty

All Honda accessories are covered up to 3 years or 36,000 miles, depending on time of installation. Honda Genuine parts purchased from a Honda dealer are covered for 1 year. A replacement battery purchased from your Honda dealer is covered by a 100-month (8 years and 4 months) limited warranty.

-Warranty Booklet for 2013 Accord Sedan

Reset Radio

When you replace the battery on your Honda, you may need to reenter the radio code. There is a couple of ways to get Honda radio code. 

  1. What most Honda owner's don't realize is that the radio code was written on a small card or at the beginning or end of the owners manual. So if you still have your owner's manual, open it up and see if you notice a four to six digit code. 
  2. Another option is to call your Honda dealer and provide them with the VIN number. You can find your Honda at the left lower corner of the windshield or vehicle registration. 
  3. Visit during working hours and input the data in the "Get Codes" tab. The website's working hours are Monday through Friday 6 am to 11 pm (CDT), Saturdays 6 am to 8:30 pm (CDT), and Sundays 6 am to 11 pm (CDT). You will be requested to provide your current number and zip code. They will also require an email address so your confirmation number can be sent to you for your records.


How long is Honda battery warranty? 

A replacement battery purchased from your Honda dealer is covered by a 100-month (8 years and 4 months) limited warranty.

How much does a Honda battery cost? 

Anywhere from $130 up to $250 if you have the dealer or a shop replace it.

Where can I replace my Honda battery for free? 

Advance Auto Parts and Autozone will install the battery for free, if you buy a new battery from them. You can save money on a new Honda by buying online then drive to the nearest store to have it installed for free. 

How long do Honda batteries last? 

There is no exact answer here but most Honda batteries last between four to eight years. 


Em amaral, 2019-08-15

Honda batteries are the worst I have ever experienced my latest 100 month warranty just failed after only 6 months in Southern California One before that failed with less then half the time under warranty. To add insult to injury Honda sent me home to dig up receipts on battery. And then charged me 80$ for their “ limited warranty “ I can’t believe internet isn’t alive with the junk their batteries are

Glenn Pearman, 2019-11-22

I had a Honda replacement battery go to 8+ years but that was a decade ago. I'm not sure if anything is made of equal/higher quality as time goes on. Shame too.

By YOUCANIC on May 16, 2019


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