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Old 03-19-2009, 03:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Battery access

Can someone tell me how to access or change the battery/ i have a carpeted bed area with "wood runners". Do I remove the runners and carpet to access the battery box?
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The battery is located under the truck at the rear. Crawl under it and remove the cover to access the battery.
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Old 03-19-2009, 04:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Lots of detailed instruction if you "search" battery removal.

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Originally Posted by JimGnitecki View Post
It's actually fairly easy to chnage the battery with the right technique. I am "between SSRs" right now, so will need to do this from memory:

- Put the truck where there is plenty of light, OR bring a shop light under there

- Put the truck on a surface you don't mind lying on (i.e. NOT gravel or mud). Bring a piece of carpet if you don't want to get your clothes dirty

- Bring your wrenches BEFORE you crawl under the truck

- Crawl under the truck, to the REAR of the battery (don't be wimpy about crawling under there if you have no lift. There is plenty of room)

- Unfasten the NEGATIVE terminal, and wedge it where it will NOT contact anything metallic on the truck (or better, TAPE it WELL). THIS IS A SAFETY and ANTI-DAMAGE PRECAUTION SO TAKE IT SERIOUSLY

- Unfasten the POSITIVE terminal, and wedge it where it will not contact anything metallic (or tape it)

- Undo whatever else might be holding the battery in the box (I cannot remember, and I like I said above, I am currently between SSRs)

- Here is the neat part: The battery tray swings down a few inches to enable easy removal and reinstallation of the battery! Swing it down!

- Remove battery

- Reverse above steps EXACTLY to reinstall. ESPECIALLY the order of the terminals.

Some additional "useful data":

Do not drop the friggin battery . . .

Do not try to open the doors with the battery disconnected. They cannot "index" the windows down without the battery, so you will tear the window glass past the window seals - not good.

Do NOT leave the key in the ignition before removing the battery - that will LOCK the key there until the battery is back in!

EXPECT some re-learning by the computer after the battery removal / reinstallation, about things like (a) clock time and (b) the ideal air/fuel ratios for your typical driving, as it loses all this kind of stuff when the battery is removed.

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Old 03-21-2009, 11:08 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It also is a good idea to roll the windows down a little before disconnecting the battery. I changed the battery in our 04 and "knew better" but was able to gently open the door with the window fully would not index down the first time when I tried to open the door after fitting the new battery in place.
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