How to Replace the Battery in a Nissan Maxima


Find the battery conveniently located just behind the driver's side finder just behind the front end.


Disconnect the cable ends from the battery terminals with a battery terminal puller. Remove the negative cable first.


Lift the battery out of the compartment. Keep your gloves on at all times to avoid getting acid on your hands. Safely dispose of the battery at an auto parts store or a recycling center.


Use a wire brush to clean the surface that holds the battery. Wipe it down with a damp cloth and let it dry. Wear glasses or goggles to prevent acid from splashing in your eyes.


Clean the insides of the connector cables with a pointed wire brush and dry them off with an old cloth you can throw away.


Place the new battery on the shelf. Attach the correct cable on each terminal and tighten it securely with pliers or a socket wrench. Replace the metal battery holder.

Tips and Warnings

  • Be aware that some Nissan Maxima owners have reported problems with their factory car alarm systems after replacing the cars' batteries. Contact your Nissan dealership if you have any issues.
  • Never smoke when replacing a battery.
  • Wear gloves when handling the battery and the battery cables.
  • Nissan made big inroads on the American landscape with the Nissan Maxima in 1982. This car continues to sell well, particularly to drivers with families. Nissan parts last well, but the battery will need to be replaced after about 5 years.