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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-18-2019, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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Dead battery

My battery went dead. 2 questions first where exactly is the battery?
Second I think it might be in the trunk.
How do I open it when the battery is dead?
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My battery went dead. 2 questions first where exactly is the battery?
Second I think it might be in the trunk.
How do I open it when the battery is dead?
The battery is enclosed under the truck at the right rear.


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HI Greg
The battery from the factory is under the truck on the right rear behind the rear axle. If you are taking it to have it replaced you can jump start it or put a battery charger on it under the hood. On the right side in front is a red box with the positive battery cable there and the ground can be attached to the drivers side bracket marked ground. If you are changing it out your self it is under the truck and Dictator I think has it in his library link on how to change it.
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Battery under rear of trunk area near passenger side wheel close to bumper. Positive connection for jumping under engine hood in small red box that opens by unlatching at bottom by hand.
Access to battery under rear can be gained by removing two bolts at bottom of plate that faces rear bumper. Then pull the plate off and battery and cables can be accessed.
If wish to remove battery, loosen (don’t remove) two bolts on each side of battery box and there are channels the bolts on the side will slide down to lower the battery and box. There is a retaining bolt on lower front of battery holding battery in place (similar to mist installations).
Be very careful trying to remove battery from laying on ground as battery weighs 40 pounds or so. Try to jump and get it to a lift.
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Mine went dead over the winter as well - even with a tender on it. Completely flat, won't even boost. The question, can I get to it without lifting it? It is stored in an apartment garage that will be tough to get at. Not easy to describe but a very safe place for winter storage. The last battery I did at home and had it on ramps, I don't remember if I can fit just using a creeper.
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Mine went dead over the winter as well - even with a tender on it. Completely flat, won't even boost. The question, can I get to it without lifting it? It is stored in an apartment garage that will be tough to get at. Not easy to describe but a very safe place for winter storage. The last battery I did at home and had it on ramps, I don't remember if I can fit just using a creeper.
I’ve done it in the Autozone parking lot. It can be a 10m job. I literally walked in and showed them my receipt, and told them it was dead and said I’d be right back. As lowered the battery holder, the person from the store set the new one down next to me. I said, thanks and swapped them and fired up the truck. I then walked back in with the dead battery, set it on the counter, and they waved and said thanks and I was on my way.

- Robert.
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I think I could do that too...20 years ago with two arms. Now I would smash my face and lay in a pool of blood and wish you were around to do that. I was hesitant to tell someone to do that without knowing. 🙂
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If you can jump it to start go to Interstate battery and they will change it for free. They also have a jumper to store all your pre-set items. Good luck.


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Advance Auto down here will swap out your battery for no charge. Yes it may be a little more difficult than your normal car battery install but if you remove the bolts and all they (young bucks) have to do is hoist it in there, I don't see why they couldn't do it. I'd just give them a heads up beforehand.

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I think I could do that too...20 years ago with two arms. Now I would smash my face and lay in a pool of blood and wish you were around to do that. I was hesitant to tell someone to do that without knowing. &#x1f642;
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Fair enough. I should have put more emphasis on can. Batteries tend to die more often with the heat here and my son’s car is more fussy than the R and eats them fairly regularly, so I get to practice. They don’t seem to be getting lighter.

Full Disclosure: I’ve also had 10m jobs turn into a few hours . Over the years I’ve learned to say “can” or “should” when providing an estimate and my wife typically doubles it.
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Fair enough. I should have put more emphasis on can. Batteries tend to die more often with the heat here and my son’s car is more fussy than the R and eats them fairly regularly, so I get to practice. They don’t seem to be getting lighter.

Full Disclosure: I’ve also had 10m jobs turn into a few hours . Over the years I’ve learned to say “can” or “should” when providing an estimate and my wife typically doubles it.
- Robert
Looks like she’s the smart one in the family........

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thanks guys, I think it will be a weekend job, new battery, then a new tender. Nothing lasts forever the tender is about 15 years old.
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I understand the problem he is talking about. Turned 75 last year and getting down on the floor and under my R isn't too bad but getting out from under it and back up is a whole different story. I can do it but it does take me longer. Can't just pop up like I used to. Still try to do my own work though. I can hire everything done but labor is expensive and some work questionable. Have a good one.
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mission accomplished. 10mm, 13mm and my side post battery wrench. The hardest part of the job was convincing the young fellow at the parts store that I didn't want a battery shipped to the store in 2015 with a recharge sticker on it for May 2016. Even though he said "it will be fine" I made him get another one with a shipping date of November 2018 and a recharge sticker for May of 2019. Check the dates on the battery before you install a new one!
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