DIY Maintenance: Replacing a Car Battery

Replacing a car battery is easier than it sounds, so don’t sweat it! If you for some reason need to do an emergency battery change, you should have no trouble.

First, assemble your tools—you’ll need a new battery, wrenches, a socket and ratchet, and a battery cleaner and a brush.

Turn the engine off and let things cool down for a bit so you don’t burn yourself on any hot metal. Get a wrench and loosen the negative battery cable—that’s the black one—then pull it off the rest of the way with your hand. Do the same with the positive (red) cable.

Use a socket and ratchet to remove the battery hold down clamp, and then carefully lift the battery out, making sure not to knock it against anything. Use the brush to clean off any corrosion left by the battery acid, and put the new battery in.

Put the hold clip back, then spray the terminal ends of the battery with anti-corrosion spray. Put the battery cables back in reverse order—red, then black—and make sure nothing moves. If it moves something isn’t hooked in properly. If not, you’re all done!

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Ford Exploring SYNC Integration with Amazon and Wink for Smart Homes

Ford and Amazon are working together to combine their smart technologies to connect smart homes with smart cars.

SYNC, along with Amazon’s Echo and Alexa technologies and Wink, a company that makes smart home technology, will let owners use their smart home products to access these products from their vehicles, including temperature, security systems, and lights.

Half of consumers say they plan to buy at least one piece of smart technology within the year, and with how frequently many homeowners travel, systems like these help Ford owners keep an eye on their homes and pets from far away. And with integrating Amazon Echo, users can access these controls from their mobile devices without being in their cars.

With “more than 15 million SYNC-equipped vehicles on roads around the world and 43 million expected by 2020,” according to Ford, this SYNC integration with Amazon and Wink will most likely have an enormous effect on the smart home industry.