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Your battery do you have any tools? You don't need an 'expert' to do the battery swap. Does your battery have side terminals (+ and -- cables are bolted to the side of the battery) or top terminals (cables attached on the top of the battery)? You also have some type of clamp, or bolt to hold the battery in position so it doesn't roll around under the hood when you go around corners over bumps etc. Top Mount:Loosen the nut on the negative cable 1st. If you have side mount cables, remove the bolt holding the cable at the side of the battery. If you have top mount try to twist and wiggle it off. If you can't, get a flat screwdriver and place the flat end under the cable where it attaches to the battery terminal, gently pry up and down, working around the end of the cable. Repeat on the other cable (positive cable. Always remove Negative cable 1st.) Move cables away from battery, look to see where hold down bolt is. Some are located @ the bottom of the battery, it's a bolt that goes thru a wedge shape piece of black plastic that holds down the battery. Some have something attached at the top of the battery w/ a long bolt going down to the bottom of the battery. Remove the nut or bolt depending on what type hold down u have. Remove battery (careful, it's heavy. Hopefully it has a strap handle on it to make it easier to lift). Put the new battery in position MAKE SURE THE POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE POSTS ON THE BATTERY ARE IN THE SAME POSITION AS THE ONE U REMOVED. Check the ends of the cables, where they attach to the battery. Is there any white powdery deposits on them? Get a small wire brush, or a small piece of fine sandpaper, and clean off the battery cables where they will attach to the battery. If there was a lot of build up of the white crud, it may be why your battery went ka-put. OK, now that the cables are clean and shiny, attach the positive cable 1st. MAKE SURE U CONNECT THE POSITIVE CABLE TO THE POSITIVE BATTERY TERMINAL. LOOK For the + sign on the battery. Wiggle it back and forth while pushing down 'til it's on (or side mount, just put bolt in and tighten). Negative cable goes on next, (NEGATIVE ALWAYS LAST WHEN PUTTING BACK ON), AND AGAIN, MAKE SURE NEGATIVE CABLE CONNECTS TO NEGATIVE BATTERY TERMINAL look for -- sign on battery), Re-attach battery hold down. Let me know how u do! countrycurt0

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  • Curt Downs Sep 16, 2008

    By the way, I couldn't post the info w/out a specific car, so I used a Yugo countrycurt0



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