The Tools you will need:Ratchet
(or i guess wrenches would work to)
Philips Screw Driver
Optima Red Top 75/35
THIS IS THE MODEL THAT FITS. I KNOW THE '34' is bigger, and still
'fits' but you won't have any way to secure it, just trust me, you need
Where to buy? Tons of places, but the cheapest places i found were:
Costco($101.00) but I didn't have a membership
Auto Zone $109.00
Batteries Plus $99 - $5 coupon from their website = $95
TIP: Make sure the place you buy it from has fully charged it.
you have TWO options. Look look at the bottom
of the battery, see that red piece of plastic on the bottom? Well that's removable. Its called the 'height adapter.
Option 1: Not using the height adapter
Pro's The battery secures down slightly better.
Con's The battery sits about an inch too low, and that black box on top of your battery won't sit well.
Option 2: Using the height adapter
Pro's Black box on top of the battery sits correctly.
Con's Doesn't sit as securely as when not using the height adapter
chose to use the height adapter just because i didn't like how it looks
with the fuse box(black box on top of the battery) hanging around
about an inch too high.
Now your ready:
Removing the old battery:
1: Use a 10mm wrench/ratchet to remove the battery terminals on your
old battery. CAUTION: REMOVE THE NEGATIVE FIRST. AND THEN THE POSITIVE.I don't want to go into why, but just do it in that order, its
Step 2: Disassemble the top parts of the battery box.
I don't have any pictures to show this, but its pretty easy... your
just trying to get the black box on top,and the plastic piece under it,
off of the battery, there are two clips on the side of that battery that
will release it.
Step 3: Removing front panels, the 4 screws
4: Pull those panels out, just lift up and wiggle a little bit and
you'll get them out. Now you have a little more room for your
hands/tools to get to the bolt.
5: Locate the bolt your going to have to deal with. This bolt is pretty
much the only thing holding the battery in place. Notice that it holds
down a plate, which then squeezes down on the battery to hold it in
place. It is located right in between the panels you just removed and the
front of the battery.
6: Remove the bolt using a 13mm wrench/ratchet. Look at how the metal
plate is attached to your current battery, it will attach to the new one
this same way. As you do this MAKE SURE YOU DON'T LOOSE THE BOLT AND
THE PLATE, DON'T LET IT FALL DOWN IN THE CAR ONCE YOU HAVE FINISHED
UNSCREWING IT. So take the bolt and the small metal plate and lay it
somewhere you won't loose it outside of the car for now.
Step 7: Now using your arms(not your back
) pull out your old battery and set it down CAREFULLY. Don't drop the old battery on the ground.
Step 8:Now carefully put the new battery in the same place that the old battery was in.
you chose option 1(not using the height adapter), just place the metal
plate over the lip of the new battery(exact same way was the old) and
tighten the bolt back down.
If you chose option 2(using the height
adapter), just slip the end of the metal place into the 'slot' that you
will see in the middle of the 'height adapter'. Then tighten the bolt
Step 9: Now here is one of two issues i had to deal with.
This new battery is actually smaller than the old stock battery. So if
it slid back a little, the plate holding it down would disengage and the
battery would be loose. The way i fixed this was i just took the
carrying strap(from the battery) and stuffed it behind the battery between it and the back of the battery box.(ya, i know sorta ghetto, but
its covered by the battery 'blanket/wrap/insulation' so you can't see
it, and it works)
Step 10: Next issue: You will notice that the
terminals on the optima Red top are moved forward slightly, so the piece
of plastic that was on top of the old battery will no longer fit
correctly. To solve this i just got my dreamed (or you could use a saw,
or anything that cuts) and cut off the sides of it.
10: Just reattach your old battery terminals. We're just going to do
this in the opposite order that we took them off. FIRST ATTACH THE POSITIVE and THEN attach the negative. Easy stuff. If your cables don't
want to reach that far(although they probably will), just tug a little
and it will break the plastic 'tie downs' and let the cable move a
little further. I only had to do this for my negative cable, but only
broke the tie down by accident.
Step 11: Smile and think of the money you saved , your done... phew.....
I know this may look a little long, but I did all of this in like... 20 minutes or so....
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