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Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by ScipioCowboy, May 29, 2009.

  1. ScipioCowboy

    ScipioCowboy More than meets the eye. Zone Supporter

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    As many of you know, my father died two weeks ago.

    My mother gave me his car -- a '98 Chevy Lumina -- and I'm trying to replace the battery. However, the positive connection is not screwed into the battery, and I haven't the foggiest idea how to remove it short of prying it off with a flat head.

    Any suggestions?
  2. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    Hit it with a rock :laugh2:
  3. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    Hit the closest Autozone or whatever. They have books about different model cars telling you how to do different things. I'm sure they explain how to change the BATTERY!

    [youtube]FECJkedxldw[/youtube]:laugh2:
  4. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    I have a '97 Lumina and the way they have the battery is ridiculous.

    Wait until you need or want to give a jump...not very easy getting the jumper cable on the Negative...it's way down behind a bar and the radiator hose, and under the windshield washer reserve.

    Fun times there.
  5. CowboyWay

    CowboyWay If Coach would have put me in, we'd a won State

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    You don't need to attach the negative to the battery. Just ground it to any piece of metal under the engine that is attached to the car body or frame.
  6. ScipioCowboy

    ScipioCowboy More than meets the eye. Zone Supporter

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    Have you ever replaced the battery?
  7. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    Can you jump it and drive to an Autozone? They have to tools to replace it usually.
  8. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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  9. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_you_change_a_battery_in_a_98_chevy_lumina

    However if all of that is too much...


    If the battery is not completely dead...you can call the local parts stores and see if any will replace the batteries.

    I went to one store and when I bought the new battery they had the free service where they came out took the old battery, put the new one in and of course you got the rebate for the old battery.
  10. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    AHEM....:signmast:
  11. Phrozen Phil

    Phrozen Phil Active Member

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    That's a great suggestion. I'm not sure what the reationale is behind the weird battery setup, but I get the impression that they don't want you to mess with the battery or with much of the rest of the car either. I have a friend who's trying to install an updated stereo in a 89 Corvette. You have to be a contortionist to get behind that dash.
  12. ScipioCowboy

    ScipioCowboy More than meets the eye. Zone Supporter

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    Thanks.

    But I've already read those articles, and they weren't much help. My problem is disconnecting the positive connection from the battery; there isn't a screw.

    Very frustrating.:(
  13. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    "Make sure both cars are in park and not touching each other.

    Identify the POSITIVE (red) end of one of the jumper cables. Attach the clamp to the POSITIVE (+) terminal of the dead battery.

    Attach the other POSITIVE cable clamp on the other end of the jumper cable to the good battery's POSITIVE terminal.

    Now, attach the NEGATIVE (black) jumper cable clamp to the good battery's NEGATIVE (-) post or terminal.

    Finally, attach the remaining NEGATIVE jumper cable clamp to a good engine ground point on the dead battery's vehicle.

    Do this as far as possible from the dead battery. The reason for this? Positioning the clamp away from the battery lessens the likelihood that a spark will cause an explosion.
    When the connection is made, start the healthy car's engine and let it run for a few minutes, then start the disabled car.
    Once your car is running, remove the cables, reversing the order above."

    http://www.consumeraffairs.com/automotive/dead_battery.html


    That's the way I thought it was supposed to be done.
  14. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    I've had it replaced, but professionally.
  15. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    "...The Chevy Lumina battery is on the drivers side of the engine compartment. It is hidden under the windshield washer fluid tank and crossmember..."

    That's what I said.

    :D
  16. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    That's pretty crappy if you need a pro to change a battery on a car.

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    Just so I have this straight... where the cables come into the battery, the positive isn't clamped on, like in the photo? There isn't a ring clamp, held together with a nut and bolt?


    It's also worth reading this article about a drain on the battery due to the power window switch... Link
  17. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    I didn't need a Pro...it was in the shop for a alternator problem and they replaced it then.

    Relax.
  18. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    :laugh2:

    I meant it's crappy that Chevy made a car that way.
  19. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    DOH!

    Sorry.

    :p:

    Oh and you're right it was crappy.
  20. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    :beer2:

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