REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
To reduce the possiblity of burns caused by spilled battery acid, always wear adequate protective clothing, such as heavy gloves, long-sleeved shirt and pants, and a clear face shield.
- Loosen the nuts which secure the cable ends to the battery terminals. Using a twisting motion, lift the negative battery cable from the terminal, followed by the positive cable. If there is a battery cable puller available, use it.
- If so equipped, lift the battery cover up and off of the battery.
- Remove the hold-down nuts from the battery hold-down bracket. Remove the bracket and the battery. Lift the battery straight up and out of the vehicle, being sure to keep it level to avoid spilling acid.
- Before installing the battery in the vehicle, make sure that the battery terminals are clean and free from corrosion. Use a battery terminal cleaner on the terminals and on the inside of the battery cable ends. If a cleaner is not available, use coarse grade sandpaper to remove the corrosion. A mixture of baking soda and water poured over the terminals and cable ends will help remove and neutralize any acid buildup.
Take great care to avoid getting any of the baking soda solution inside the battery. If any solution gets inside the battery a violent reaction will take place and/or the battery will be damaged.
- Before attaching the cables to the terminals, install a pair of anti-corrosive felt washers. These washers, which are available at most auto parts stores, are impregnated with a solution that will help keep oxidation to a minimum.
- Position the battery in the vehicle. Install the cables onto the terminals, negative terminal last.
- Tighten the nuts on the cable ends until secure.
- Smear a light coating of grease on the cable ends and tops of the terminals. This will further prevent the build-up of oxidation on the terminals and the cable ends.
- Install and tighten the nuts of the battery hold-down bracket.
- If so equipped, install the battery cover.