The electrical system of the Volkswagen is a negative grounded type. All models except the 1975 and later Type 2 use a 45 amp battery. The 1975 and later Type 2 uses a 54 amp battery. On Type 1 and Type 3 VW models, the battery is located under the right-hand side of the rear seat. On Karmann Ghias and Type 2 models through 1979, the battery is located in the engine compartment. On 1980-81 Type 2s (Vanagon), it is located under the passenger's seat. On Type 4 models, the battery is beneath the driver's seat. On Type 2 Campmobiles equipped with a refrigerator, an additional 45 amp battery is available.
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 2 through 5
- Disconnect the battery cables. Note the position of the battery cables for installation. The small diameter battery post is the negative terminal. The negative battery cable is usually black.
- Undo the battery hold-down strap and lift the battery out of its holder.
- Install the battery in its holder and replace the clamp. Reconnect the battery cables.