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2002 Olds Silouette: I went to start it this AM and dead silence, except for some hissing sounds. Guessing battery died. How do I get to battery to remove?

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The hissing you heard may be caused by a failing electrical connection at the battery, between chassis and the negative terminal or at the +12 volt terminal of the starter.
Before tossing the battery, it would be worthwhile to clean the terminals and clamps with a simple tool from any auto parts store that has internal and external wire brushes. If you have a means of charging, follow up the cleanup with a recharge.

BTW; always remove the negative terminal first to prevent unsettling arcs that may damage battery and tool.
If you are in the US, call any of the chain auto parts stores and ask if they install free; many do.
If that is the original battery, it may indeed be time for replacement but I would give it a chance first.

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Under the hood, remove the cables and take the old out and put the new one in

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