Volkswagen Air-Cooled 1970-1981 Repair Guide

Battery

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Fig. Fig. 1: The battery is located under the rear bench seat. The rear seat lifts up and can be removed from the car.

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

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Fig. Fig. 2: Loosen the negative battery cable terminal nut . . .



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Fig. Fig. 3: . . . and lift the cable off of the battery terminal



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Fig. Fig. 4: The battery must have a shield for the positive terminal, as the rear seat could catch on fire if the terminals contact the metal seat frame



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Fig. Fig. 5: If the battery is to be replaced, remove the hold-down nut and lift the hold-down up and off its mounting stud



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Fig. Fig. 5: If the battery is to be replaced, remove the hold-down nut and lift the hold-down up and off its mounting stud



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Fig. Fig. 5: If the battery is to be replaced, remove the hold-down nut and lift the hold-down up and off its mounting stud

  1. 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.
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  3. Undo the battery hold-down strap and lift the battery out of its holder.
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CAUTION
Do not tilt the battery as acid will spill out.

  1. Install the battery in its holder and replace the clamp. Reconnect the battery cables.
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