Change The Battery on a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro
This is a writeup on how to replace a dead battery on a 5th Generation 2012 Chevrolet Camaro. GM designed the Camaro with the battery located in the trunk of the vehicle which makes it a very quick and easy change with minimal tools needed.
- New Battery (acquire from your local parts store)
Removing the Battery
Begin by popping the trunk lid and opening it. If you have any items in your trunk, you will need to remove them to gain access to the battery.
Lift up the trunk carpet to expose the twist off hold down latch to remove the trunk floor cover.
In a counter clock-wise motion, turn the hold down latch to remove it.
With the hold down latch removed, lift the trunk floor cover and remove it. Our Camaro does not have the optional spare tire and rather a foam cover over the battery that holds mini air compressor for an emergency. Lift and remove this cover. If your Camaro does have a spare tire, remove the spare tire at this time.
With the foam battery cover removed, start with removing the top battery hold down plate. Use the socket wrench to remove the bolt from either side of the plate.
Use the socket wrench to loosen the bolt on the NEGATIVE cable (black) of the battery FIRST and remove it from the battery post. This is for your safety, even if the battery is completely dead.
Once you have removed the negative cable, you can then loosen the bolt on the POSITIVE cable (red) and remove it from the battery post.
On the side of the battery there is a vent tube to help expel gasses from the battery core to the open air. Gently pull it off of the battery.
With the vent tube now out of the way, you can access the lower battery hold down bolt. Using a socket wrench, loosen and remove the bolt.
You can now lift and remove the battery from the trunk to be replaced with a new battery. Batteries are heavy, so be sure you can lift anywhere between 30-45lbs without hurting yourself.
Installing New Battery
To install the new battery, simply reverse the steps taken to remove the old battery. Be sure to hook up the vent tube make sure all bolts are tight.
ALWAYS RECONNECT THE POSITIVE BATTERY CABLE FIRST! By doing so, you dont run the risk of the positive cable touching something conductive that could send a shower of sparks all over, or worse, short out the electronics of your vehicle possibly doing permanent damage. Remember, when disconnecting, NEGATIVE FIRST. When connecting, POSITIVE FIRST.
This is an easy job that doesnt require expensive tools or a vast knowledge in automotive mechanics. Be sure to pay attention to your battery cables (proper order of disconnecting and connecting, and be sure to keep in mind that batteries are heavy items to lift. Safety first!