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I think my battery

My car has been struggling to start fo a while and i think it is the battery if it is i dont know how to install it..?

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With key out of ignition, open hood. remove clamp that holds battery in place, set aside. take off positive battery cable first (red one) then negative (black) . replace w/ new battery install negative cable first then positive. hope this help[s. you can check to see if your alternating is charging by taking off the positive battery cable while you car is running and in park or nuetral and the emergency brake on. off it runs when cable is removed alternator is goo if it dies. then altenator is not charging. don't try this if your not that exp. metal on metal could cause a short. hope this helps

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