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    Default How to replace car battery?

    After having a few electrical difficulties, decided to get an uprated car battery. (electrical problems when running a lot of things. HIDs + uprated bulbs all round fogs, reversing kit, SatNav etc.)

    The recommended for my car is: 60-80Ah, 540-780A.
    Currently running 55Ah, 525A. (255mmx175mmx175mm)
    Fitting 72Ah, 700A. (278mmx175mmx175mm)

    How exactly does the battery come out? Not picked battery up yet, so won't be doing it for a few days, but just want to prepare.

    The battery is the same size height and width, but 2cm longer. It will fit, because there is a sliding clip holding it it place to adjust for different lenth batteries.

    What i've got so far:
    Disconnect negative, disconnect positive... then what?
    Is the battery bolted in anywhere, or just clipped in?

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    There is one bolt on a clip on the engine side of the battery. Just undo it, remove the clip and lift the battery out. If you think that is big you should see the battery on the 3.0 V6 cdti!
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    By any means avoid sparks!

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    Also make sure that you put all the cables back on the right terminal. Some live - red ones - are sometimes black like the negitive ones. I'd connect the neg first.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    Make sure the doors are unlocked, the drivers door open and the keys in your pocket!!

    I'm sure cars have moved on a bit, but theres always a chance something silly may happen!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewTi View Post
    Make sure the doors are unlocked, the drivers door open and the keys in your pocket!!
    Good advice there! Had interesting moment with my old Peugeot 405 - fortunately disconnecting the battery and reconnecting it unlocked the doors...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Astrase20 View Post
    Also make sure that you put all the cables back on the right terminal. Some live - red ones - are sometimes black like the negitive ones. I'd connect the neg first.
    I usually reconnect the other way around mate.....first positive and then negative....inverse order from the disconnect proccess...

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    Connecting the terminals back up correctly should be fine. On mine they are connected to a block, then the block is connected to the battery terminal. So when I remove them, they are still all connected together ready to connect back up.

    Disconnected the battery before, but never replaced it. The doors auto unlock when the battery is connected.
    Always good advice to leave the driver door unlocked and open when messing with the battery, just incase.

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