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.
Why Replace Your Stock Battery?
A battery, unfortunately, is a necessity when it comes to your vehicle’s performance. While every vehicle needs one, car batteries can add up to 60 sluggish pounds of curb weight. Luckily, you can minimize this unnecessary weight by using a performance battery instead. Swapping your stock energy-storing unit for the right performance battery depends on how and where you need your ride’s peak performance. Pair that with the demands of vibration resistance, cold cranking amps or battery hold down brackets and suddenly your decision process has become quite a task. That’s why we put together a comprehensive guide to performance batteries to help make it as painless as possible.
Whether you’re a racing enthusiast or an average commuter, there’s no negative impact from helping your ride weigh less. Switching to a lightweight battery is ideal for vehicles looking to drop mass and increase performance. Thanks to advancing technology, there’s an ever-expanding variety of performance batteries that range from 10 to 30 lbs lighter than stock, such as the Braille No-Weight. Smaller racing batteries contain less lead, which makes them lighter but also less capable of discharging electricity. This means that if your vehicle sits for long periods of time, the lighter the battery, the quicker it will lose its charge. So before choosing a lightweight racing battery as a means of performance gains, it’s important to consult a replacement guide to ensure your new battery delivers the proper amount of cold cranking amps you need and can store power long enough between each use. Either that, or you better keep a battery tender handy for prolonged storage!
When it comes to taking the road less traveled, it’s crucial to make sure your off-road rig is equipped with the proper components – right down to your power supply. And, off-road rides require more than your standard battery. Performance batteries designed for off-road use deliver the ample amounts of power necessary for rock-crawling fun while the spill-proof casings make them resistant to vibration and damage from rugged terrain. This type of built-tough performance battery utilizes deep-cycling and a high-reserve capacity to run all of your auxiliary systems for long periods of time between recharging. Outfitting your factory set-up with an off road battery ensures you have the high amp output and reserve time you need to make it back safely.
Securing Batteries Using Hold Down Brackets
It’s essential to fasten your replacement battery securely with the appropriate battery hold down brackets in accordance to your manufacturer’s recommendations. With no lack of dangerous and damaging results, a loose battery can ‘short out’ on metal parts under the hood and cause a fire or explosion, or even fall into the moving parts of your engine, leaking harmful acid on components and paintwork. So, don’t let this happen – secure your battery!
Battery Group Size
Battery group size refers to the physical dimensions, terminal locations and type of battery required for your specific vehicle based on your make, model and engine type. Although some vehicles are able to use a battery from more than one group size, it’s important to consider the size and fitment for use in your specific vehicle. Consult a replacement guide to find the battery group size that works best for you.
Cold Cranking Amps (CCA)
CCA is a rating used to define a battery's ability to start an engine in cold temps. Generally speaking, it’s easier to start an engine in a warm environment. The rating refers to the number of amps a 12-volt battery delivers at 0°F for 30 seconds while maintaining a voltage of at least 7.2. The higher the CCA rating, the greater the starting power of the battery, and if you live in a cold climate, the CCA rating is important to consider. Battery starting power deteriorates over time, so a battery with higher starting power should give you longer-lasting durability.