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How to replace battery correctly?

How to properly replace old battery with new one with out blowing anything like your computers on vehicle up? I have a dodge grand caravan 2000

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All you have to always remember is to remove the negative cable first. By removing the negative cable first, there is no risk of a power surge to any of the Van's computers.

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Always wear safety glasses when working on your vehicle. Wear other personal protective equipment (PPE) when necessary, for example latex gloves or closed toe shoes.

Open the hood and locate the starter attached to the transmission bell housing. To inspect and remove the starter, it may be necessary to work under the vehicle. Park the vehicle on a solid level surface and set the parking brake. If the vehicle needs to be lifted, support it with jack stands.

  • If applicable, verify that you have the radio security code before disconnecting the negative battery cable[
  • Disconnect the negative battery cable, wrap the cable end with a shop towel and place it away from the battery post to prevent accidental contact.

Before doing anything else, be sure to do the following: Mark the starter electrical wires for installation reference. Remove the starter wires from the starter.

Now proceed step-by-step:

• Remove the starter mounting bolts.
• Remove the starter.
• Compare the new starter with the old one to verify that you have the correct part
• Using a flashlight, inspect the flywheel teeth (through the opening in the bell housing) while an assistant turns the engine over by hand. You should replace the flywheel if any teeth have obvious damage; are missing, cracked, or chipped.
• Install the new starter and its mounting bolts.
• Tighten the starter mounting bolt to manufacturer's specifications.
• Inspect the cable end(s) for any corrosion - clean as necessary to insure proper connection with the battery. Reconnect the negative battery cable.
• Start the vehicle to verify the repair.

Sorry that I could not be vehicle specific.

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