New Battery Installation


GENERAL PRECAUTIONS
Make sure the engine, lights and any accessories are turned off before removing old battery. Check if vehicle has a computerised electrical system. Vehicles with on board computer systems require an alternative power source to maintain electronic memory when the battery is disconnected. Disconnection of the battery on such a vehicle without a memory minder, may cause damage to the main computer or other segments of the vehicle’s electronically controlled equipment.

REMOVAL OF OLD BATTERY
1. Note location of positive terminal and mark polarity on positive cable.
2. Remove the ground terminal first. This precaution is necessary to avoid damage to wiring and the battery by accidentally grounding tools.
3. Remove the second terminal. Undo hold down clamp and remove battery.

NEW BATTERY INSTALLATION
1. Check battery height to ensure there is sufficient bonnet clearance.
2. Inspect tray and area for corrosion. If necessary, scrub the area with water and baking soda and rinse with water.
3. Corroded steel parts should be dried and painted with acid proof paint. Terminals should be cleaned and brushed.
4. Cable and starter motor connections should be checked and tightened if necessary.
5. If terminal clamps or cables are badly corroded, they should be replaced.
6. Place the new battery in the tray ensuring it sits level and that terminal posts are positioned as for the old battery.
7. Place and tighten hold downs securely so that the battery cannot move in the tray.
8. Apply a thin coating of high temperature grease to the posts and cable connections.
9. Replace cables ensuring that the ground terminal is connected last. Tighten connections. Note: Do not over tighten.
10. Never hammer cable connections onto battery posts, as this can damage the battery posts and cover.