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How to Install a Performance Battery in Your Car, Truck or SUV

Battery Installation Steps

  • Make sure your vehicle is turned off. Consult your owner’s manual for your battery’s location and pop your hood or trunk to gain access to the appropriate location.
  • Detach the negative (black) battery cable from the battery first, by loosening the nut with a combination wrench, pliers or socket. Twist and pull up on the end of the cable with your hand. If it’s not coming off easily, you may want to purchase a battery terminal puller to prevent damage to your battery or cables.
  • Detach the positive (red) battery cable from the battery using the same method.
  • Remove the battery hold down. If the hold down is not immediately obvious, they are often located at the very bottom of the battery, situated on the perimeter. A long extension and socket are often required.
  • Batteries are heavy, so it’s best to remove the battery using both hands or with the supplied handle.
  • Use either a battery cleaning solution or a combination of baking soda and a very small amount of water (taking special care to avoid bridging the gap with water between the two terminals) to thoroughly clean any corrosion left behind on your battery tray and hold down clamp from your old battery.
  • Clean the battery cable connectors with a wire brush. To remove heavy corrosion from the connectors, use battery-cleaning solution.
  • Place the new battery in the tray and secure it with the hold down clamp. Spray both terminal ends with anti-corrosion solution.
  • Attach and tighten the positive battery cable (red), then attach and tighten the negative battery cable (black). Take care to not overtighten. Tighten slowly until the cable no longer has the ability to twist on the terminal, this is all you need.
  • Ensure that all cable connections and battery hold downs are properly tightened and secured.

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