REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1 through 13
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.
- Loosen the battery terminal clamp bolts.
- Use a battery terminal puller to remove the battery negative (-) cable clamp first.
- Use the battery terminal puller to remove the battery positive (+) cable clamp.
- Loosen and remove the battery hold-down nut.
- Remove the battery hold-down.
- Unsnap the air cleaner hold-downs, if necessary.
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.
- Remove the battery from the vehicle.
- 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.
- 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.
- Inspect the case for cracks or other damage that would result in leakage of electrolyte.
- Remove the corrosion from the battery posts and clamps with a suitable battery terminal cleaning tool.
- 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.
- Ensure that the tab at the battery base is positioned in the tray properly before tightening the hold-down.
- Install the battery hold-down and secure with the hold-down nut.
- Place a new felt grease washer on the positive (+) terminal post.
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.
- Connect and tighten the positive cable terminal clamp first.
- Connect and tighten the negative cable terminal clamp.