Chrysler Front Wheel Drive Cars 6-CYL 1988-1995 Repair Information

Battery

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 through 13


CAUTION
If you get battery acid in your eyes or on your skin, rinse it off immediately with lots of water. Go to a doctor if it gets in your eyes. The gases formed inside the battery cells are highly explosive. Never check the level of the electrolyte in the presence of flame or when smoking. Never charge a battery in an unventilated area.

  1. Loosen the battery terminal clamp bolts.
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  3. Use a battery terminal puller to remove the battery negative (-) cable clamp first.
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  5. Use the battery terminal puller to remove the battery positive (+) cable clamp.
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  7. Loosen and remove the battery hold-down nut.
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  9. Remove the battery hold-down.
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  11. Unsnap the air cleaner hold-downs, if necessary.
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CAUTION
Use extreme care to prevent dropping the battery and splattering the electrolyte, because it can cause severe eye injury and skin burns. Rubber gloves, rubber aprons and protective eye shields will decrease the hazards of this type of accident. Immediate first aid is required for electrolyte splashed into the eyes and on the skin. Electrolyte spills should be neutralized immediately with a solution of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and water, then thoroughly rinsed with water.

  1. Remove the battery from the vehicle.
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  3. Inspect the battery tray and hold-downs for corrosion. Remove corrosion using a stiff bristle brush and a baking soda and warm water solution. Paint any exposed bare metal. Replace damaged components with new ones.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Use a battery terminal puller to safely remove the cable ends from the battery



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Fig. Fig. 2: Use a solution of warm water and baking soda to clean the corrosion off of the battery case, terminals, cables and tray

  1. Clean the outside of the battery case, if the original battery is to be reinstalled. Clean the top cover as described in step 8. Flush with clean water. Ensure the cleaning solution does not enter the battery cells.
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  3. Inspect the case for cracks or other damage that would result in leakage of electrolyte.
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  5. Remove the corrosion from the battery posts and clamps with a suitable battery terminal cleaning tool.
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To install:
  1. Position the battery in the tray. Ensure that the positive and negative terminals (posts) are correctly located. The cables must reach their respective posts without stretching.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Use a battery post cleaner to clean the posts before reinstalling the battery cable clamps



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Fig. Fig. 4: After cleaning the posts, use the battery post tool to clean the inside of the battery cable terminal clamps



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Fig. Fig. 5: When removing or disconnecting the battery, always disconnect the negative battery cable first



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Fig. Fig. 6: Wrap the negative battery cable end with electrical tape to prevent accidental conductivity



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Fig. Fig. 7: Loosen and remove the hold-down nut using a long socket extension or wrench

  1. Ensure that the tab at the battery base is positioned in the tray properly before tightening the hold-down.
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  3. Install the battery hold-down and secure with the hold-down nut.
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  5. Place a new felt grease washer on the positive (+) terminal post.
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WARNING
It is important that the cables are connected to the proper battery posts. Be sure to connect the positive (+) cable to the positive terminal and the negative (-) cable to the negative terminal. Reverse polarity will damage the alternator diodes and the radio.

  1. Connect and tighten the positive cable terminal clamp first.
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  3. Connect and tighten the negative cable terminal clamp.
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Fig. Fig. 8: Lift the battery cover up and off of the battery



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Fig. Fig. 9: Remove the loosened hold-down nut and hold-down bracket from the battery tray



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Fig. Fig. 10: Carefully lift the battery out of the engine compartment



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Fig. Fig. 11: Loosen and remove the battery tray retaining nuts and bolts-two bolts are located under the tray



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Fig. Fig. 12: Unplug and label the vacuum lines from the attached vacuum box



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Fig. Fig. 13: Remove the battery tray from the engine compartment

 
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