Dodge Omni/Horizon/Rampage 1978-1989 Repair Guide

Battery

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION




WARNING
In the event of the battery case is cracked or leaking, protect your hands with a suitable pair of rubber gloves. The common household type are not recommended for this.

  1. Make sure the ignition is in the OFF position and all battery feed accessories are off.
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  3. Open the hood.
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  5. Disconnect the negative battery cable first, then the positive.
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  7. Unfasten the hold-down clamp, then remove the battery.
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Fig. Fig. 1 Common battery mounting found on models covered by this guide

To install:

  1. If necessary, replace any damaged cables before installing the battery.
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  3. Clean the top of the battery with a solution of water and baking soda. Scrub the area using a stiff bristle brush, then wipe off with a cloth moistened in the baking soda solution. Throw away all used rags when done.
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  5. Inspect the battery tray for any damage, clean with the baking soda solution or replace if needed.
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  7. If the old battery is being put back in the vehicle, clean the posts with a suitable tool. With a new or old battery, make sure to clean the inside surfaces of the terminal ends of the cables.
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  9. Position the battery on the tray.
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  11. Attach the hold down clamp, tighten the bolts to 250 inch lbs. (28 Nm).
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  13. Connect the battery cables. Make sure the top of the clamps are flush with the top of the post.
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  15. Tighten the clamp nut securely.
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  17. Coat the terminal ends with a light mineral grease after tightening.
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  19. Close the hood.
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  21. Start the vehicle, run for about 15-20 min. to make sure you have a good charge.
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