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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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Ford lynx overheating, already change water pump, engine always in high idle


2001 is an older vehicle - so I can suggest some typical things which might cause overheating on an older vehicle.
- Thermostat stuck / not working? (typical to change thermostat with a new one during other cooling system service - they get old and stop working properly sometimes. They're not very expensive and it's just worth it to put a new one in - they perform a very important function - so typically just put a new one in.)
[might be able to do yourself - but not sure if that is your problem]
- Radiator Electric Fans not coming on? (controls, wiring, or fan motors broken or not working properly)
[Do they come on when the vehicle gets very hot? Try and check.]
- Time for complete cooling system Flush and Refill ? Ever done? This is important service which many people neglect to ever do - which they say to do every 2 or 3 years on any vehicle. Ensure Heater Core inside the car is also given a separate "flush", and ensure it is refilled with the correct stuff. ( ? distilled water + coolant in the proper mix/strength so it won't freeze given your local temperature conditions)
[Could try and do yourself - but can be a messy job. Typically, best to do when it's still warm out / not going below freezing. Drain, refill with "flush" mix, run for awhile like that, drain again, refill with correct coolant mix for your vehicle. If your vehicle uses water + antifreeze use distilled water or de-ionized water in the final coolant mix]
Typically these things are not easy to do yourself, unless you have knowledge, tools and experience. And the job is a little messy + you are left with old coolant & flush mix that has to be disposed of properly so you don't pollute the environment (hazardous waste).
Take to expert RAD Shop / cooling system specialists. There may be other issues like: bad sensors etc in the cooling system. They may need to troubleshoot and look for any error codes in the car's computer control systems - to help diagnose, find the problem quickly, and fix the correct problems.
Otherwise: Get service manuals yourself - start reading and learning about your specific car's cooling system - and see if you are able to troubleshoot, find the issue, or do anything yourself.
An expert "System Flush" at a Rad Shop with their special machine will do a better job than you can do yourself. If never done, I would recommend that.
Best of luck.

Oct 25, 2013 | 2001 Ford Focus

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Battery good. but no power to start van. no dash light, power windows etc... battery connects clean and tight. New alt


Check fuses. Many vehicles now have two fuse boxes. One, in the cabin and another under the hood.

The box under the hood often has fuses that protect many of the vehicle's higher level electronics, systems and other high current devices. Get an automotive fuse tester, voltmeter or physically remove & visually inspect for open / blown fuses (visual inspection is the least reliable method) in BOTH locations.

Replace any open fuse with proper size & type as determined by the owner manual or legend that often appears on a label affixed to the protective fusebox cover. If it blows again, do not replace the fuse. There is a problem that should be corrected before re-attempting. if you can't locate / correct the problem, you should have the vehicle checked by a pro.

Good luck!

Oct 09, 2013 | 2005 Nissan Quest

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Do you have to take the battery out of the car to change the sensor


Yep. Whenever you replace electronic parts on a vehicle, it is best to take off "both" battery cables until you replace the sensor, whichever one it is. The computer will reset and read the new stats on the sensor you replace, else which out it, it will still have the old settings for old sensor to go by the old settings which will be as though you didn't replace the sensor at all.

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Battery draining


how old is your battery? if it is more than 4 years old, have it replaced. if the new battery still easily drains, then there is a problem with your alternator. your alternator is not charging your vehicle properly or adequately

Aug 12, 2011 | Volkswagen Touareg Cars & Trucks

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Starter replacement


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NOTE: You have not provided a vehicle type so my suggested solution is generic,

Safety Tip:
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.

All the best,

Ben

Jul 23, 2011 | Buick LeSabre Cars & Trucks

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Can you replace a battery on a chrysler product by yourself without needing dealer assistance, codes,computer etc? Running the van will reset any codes?


yes, but if you want to be really safe, hook up a battery charger (or jump to a third battery) to the terminal on the battery fuse box and chassis ground while you make the switch.

Oct 09, 2010 | 2006 Dodge Caravan

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Battery will not charge, first time its ever did this. rebuilt alternator new battery and new starter not to sure if new starter has anything to do with battery chargin but replaced it anyway, has good...


A bad voltage regulator could cause the problem. Assuming the alternator is working correctly. Jump the vehicle with the battery disconnected and then disconnect the jumper cables. If the vehicle dies your voltage regulator or Alternator are bad, some vehicle have separate regulators from the alternator, if it continues to run the alternator is good but the voltage regulator is probably the cause.

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What is the proper technique for replacing batteries in the 2005 GMC Sierra 2500 HD 4WD Diesel pickup, without messing up the computer in the system?


disconnecting the batteries will not mess up the computer the only thing it will do is erase the kam which the computer will relearn within three times of driving, if you are worried about erasing the kam most diesels have more than one battery and they are usually connected so you can replace only one at a time and have no worries if the vehicle only has one battery they do sell power savers that you can plug into your cigarette liter and keep the computer "alive"

Sep 08, 2009 | 2005 GMC Sierra 2500HD 4WD

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I am trying to replace my old battery with a new one. I have a new battery that has side terminals but the terminals look too big for the connection.


Are you sure you bought the correct replacement battery? You may want whereever you bought the battery to put it in. Most places even wal mart will do that for free when asked. They want your old one normally to turn in as it is Haz Mat.

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2000 Jaguar S-Type Battery


I had to change the battery in my 1999 S-Type, you will need the radio code, I also needed to reprogramme the board computer which is easy if you have your manual at hand, also the car might act strangely for a while, but this is explained in your users manual, nothing to worry about.

Hope this helps.

Sep 25, 2008 | 2000 Jaguar S-Type

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