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Can't figure out how to change the battery

I just need instructions on how to remove and replace the battery, it's so stuck in there.

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I believe your question is more to the point of "How do I get access to the battery so I can change it out?"
It's ugly, but not THAT bad.
Standing at the front of the vehicle, the battery is under the "electrical center" to your left, on the passenger side. You have to get some stuff out of the way to get to the battery...
1. Remove keys from vehicle
2. Remove the plastic shield covering the wiper motor and linkage along the top-left of the engine compartment. This shield is just held in place with metal clips.
3. Remove the stiffening strut on the left side. This is the large metal tube that goes from the left-rear corner of the engine compartment to the front of the engine bay, next to the radiator cap. 3 large bolts hold this in place, you may need a 1/2" breaker bar to loosen them, with a 13mm or 15mm socket. Slide the bar out of the "electrical center" (fuse box) and out of the vehicle.
4. Move the Electrical Center off to one side. Nearly all of the electrical wiring for the vehicle goes through this, so there are lots and lots of wires to shove out of the way. Make sure the main positive feed at the front of the box is insulated and won't touch any metal parts when you twist the box out of the way. You may want to get a bungie cord to hold the box off to one side. If you have to remove that main feed to get enough slack to move the box, remember that this cable end is HOT, don't short it to anything! Cover that cable end with piece of rubber hose or some other insulator.
5. Disconnect the Negative battery connection. This is the connection closest to the side of the vehicle. Usually uses an 8mm socket to loosen it. Whatever tool you use, make sure that you don't short it to the positive side of the battery.
6. Disconnect the Positive battery connection. There should be a plastic safety cap over the bolt.
7. Loosen the battery hold-down bolt at the base of the battery, between the two cable connections.
8. Lift the battery out of the engine bay.
Now, you know why you should buy a good quality battery for this vehicle. Buy a cheapo, and you'll pay for more hard labor. :)

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The most important part is not to short the hot side to ground. This is why, when disconnecting or reconnecting a battery, one always removes the"- negative" side first,and reconnects "- it" last! You can ground the negative side with a wrench all day long and not hurt anything. Just dont touch the + positive side at the same time. Now, a side post battery is usually the OEM battery in a modern car. The little hex size end on a side post is 5/16th. So, Using a 5/16th box end wrench, back off the terminal by turning wrench to the left as your looking at it. That is....lefty loosey...! Note: Righty tighty...Lefty Loosey. If terminal is stripped, use a pair of Vice Grips ( Vice Grips is a trademark protected name) Please note....if using Vice grips....do not place vice grips on hex 5/16th surface! Use the larger ring behind it. Tighten vice grips while holding this outer ring on terminal just tight enough to judge how much to turn adjuster on vice grips. This way, one can tighten vice grips as tight as possible without doing undo damage. Once vice grips are snapped down into place, sharply but carefully strike vice grip handle with palm of hand in proper direction. This "impact" action will loosen terminal easier. Remember, vice grips are metal. keep away from positive side terminal when they are also touching other metal parts. Once negative terminal is disconected, it wont matter. If other items are in the way, remove them. They usually include intake air filter housing, relay/fuse housings and related components. It is usually fairly simple to find fasteners holding these items.

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Batteries are usually "clamped" into place to hold them securely during operation or accident. Most today are clamped at the bottom edge of the battery. There will be a "tongue" that fits into a slight groove on the bottom of the battery on one side and a block that fits on the opposite side with a bolt through it. When the bolt is tightened it serves to wedge or clamp the battery into place. Look at the center point along the front side of the battery at the bottom for this bolt & wedge. Remove them, remove battery, insert new battery & re-install clamp.

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Make sure you take retaining bolt out of the tray at the bottom of the battery.

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