Side-Mount Battery Replacement

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Old 08-28-03, 07:02 AM
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Side-Mount Battery Replacement

Okay ... I feel like an idiot ... but I really need help! My battery died; purchased a new one, and got ready to replace it. However, I've never changed a side-mount battery before and don't know how to begin to remove the cables. Don't know what tool(s) to use, etc. Can someone help please?
 
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Old 08-28-03, 07:29 AM
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If it's a GM application, it's a 5/16" bolt.

Sometimes there's a plastic cap covering the bolt. Snap it off and the bolt will stare you in the face.

A 5/16" socket, wrench or a special racheting battery wrench (about $5 at Sears) will all work well.
 
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Old 08-28-03, 07:37 AM
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Also don't forget, take the negative cable off first, and when putting it back together,put the negative cable on last.
 
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Old 08-28-03, 07:39 AM
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Also, don't over-tighten and rip the terminal right out of the side of the battery.
 
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Old 08-28-03, 08:53 AM
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THE POSITIVE POST MIGHT HAVE 2 CABLES GOING TO IT, MAKE SURE IT'S CLEAN WHERE THE TWO PIGGY BACK.
 
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Old 08-28-03, 10:54 AM
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Thanks folks! Just what I needed to know .... REALLY appreciate the help!
 
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Old 08-28-03, 03:09 PM
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Hey, bigguy; lose the caps - YOU DON'T NEED TO SHOUT IN HERE.
 
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Old 08-28-03, 04:17 PM
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If the battery was leaking acid from either post(usually the positive post)you may want to consider replacing the cable also.This would prevent problems down the road.
 
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Old 08-28-03, 04:25 PM
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wash it out

If you had any leakage from the old battery now is a good time to clean the area under and around it.Get a garden hose some baking soda.Sprinkle baking soda all over the place you will see it fizz this is good.Gentley spray with water to remove baking soda.Install new batt as above posts said.Battery acid will eat metal but baking soda netrulizes it.
 
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