For more information on the upkeep and general maintenance of the battery and related components, refer to Routine Maintenance .
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1 through 15
- Turn the ignition switch OFF .
Disconnect both of the battery cable terminals, as follows:
- Loosen the clamping bolt and nut from the negative battery cable end.
- Lift the negative battery cable end from the terminals with a twisting motion. If there is a battery cable puller available, make use of it.
- Set the disconnected negative battery cable aside so that it will not accidentally come into contact with the negative terminal post of the battery while the vehicle is being serviced. Tying the cable end to another, remote component should keep it from accidentally touching the battery post. The is most important when servicing the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), or air bag.
- Perform the same for the positive battery cable end.
- Remove the battery hold-down bolt and clamp. A long extension for the socket and ratchet wrench is necessary to access this hold-down bolt.
- Carefully lift the battery out of the vehicle.
- Clean the battery tray with a mild solution of baking soda and water, using a stiff, bristle brush. If the battery is to be reinstalled, clean it as well, and then wipe it with a rag dampened in ammonia. Clean the battery and cable terminals with a stiff wire brush or a special battery terminal cleaner tool.
- Carefully set the battery into the battery tray. Make sure that the positive and negative terminals are in the positions as when the battery was removed.
- Locate the battery hold-down stud on the battery tray, then slide the battery away from the hold-down stud until the battery retaining lip (on the opposite side of the battery tray from the hold-down stud) engages the lower lip of the battery case. Install the hold-down clamp and nut. Tighten the nut to 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm).
- Gently rock the battery back-and-forth to ensure that it is held securely to the battery tray.
- Slide the positive battery cable end over the battery positive terminal until flush on the battery case. Tighten the clamping bolt nut until the cable end is securely clamped around the battery terminal. Gently wiggly the battery cable end to ensure that it is adequately tightened to the battery terminal.
- Install the negative battery cable end in the same manner.
- Coat the terminals with a petroleum grease or equivalent.