For additional information on battery maintenance and service, refer to Routine Maintenance of this information.
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
For this job you should use gloves and old clothes. Battery acid has a nasty habit of dripping on clothes. Sometimes this goes completely unnoticed, until later, when you discover a hole (or holes) mysteriously eaten through your favorite pair of slacks.
- Disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery terminal, then disconnect the positive cable. Special pullers are available to remove post cable clamps, if they seem stuck.
Always disconnect the negative (ground) cable first, and, when re-connecting, connect it last to avoid sparks. If the battery sparks or kicks back an electrical surge through the system, expensive components could be damaged or destroyed.
- Remove the battery hold-down clamp.
- Remove the battery, being careful not to spill the acid.
Spilled acid can be neutralized with a baking soda/water solution. If you somehow get acid into your eyes, flush it out with lots of water and get to a doctor immediately.To install:
- Clean the battery posts thoroughly before installing the battery.
- Clean the cable clamps, using a wire brush, both inside and out.
- Install the battery and hold-down clamp or strap. Connect the positive, and then the negative cable (see Warning above). Do not hammer post cables onto the terminal posts. The complete terminals should be given a light external coating of petroleum jelly or grease to help prevent corrosion. There are felt washers available which have been impregnated with an anti-corrosion substance. These can be slipped over the battery posts before installing the cables, and are available in most auto parts stores.
Make absolutely sure that the battery is connected properly (positive-to-positive, negative-to-negative) before you turn the ignition key. Reversed polarity can burn out your alternator and regulator in a matter of seconds.