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Replacing Batteries
First, be sure to follow these important safety tips:
Read your auto manual on replacing your battery.
Put on protective eye wear, rubber gloves and work clothes and remove all jewelry.
Put the car in park (automatic) or in gear (standard shift) and engage the emergency brake.
Don't allow smoking, open flames or sparks near the battery.
Avoid connecting positive and negative battery cables in reverse polarity.
Never strike a battery terminal or cable end with a hammer or wrench to loosen the connection. This may loosen the terminal and destroy the battery.

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How do I know when to replace my battery? You might need to replace your battery if:
  • your starter motor is experiencing slow or interrupted turnover. 

  • your instrument panel battery light indicates battery discharge for extended periods after the engine is running. 

  • your battery seems to lose power quickly in cold or extended starts. 

  • your headlights dim at idle.

Any of these warning signals may also indicate a problem with the electrical system in your vehicle and not necessarily a battery failure. A battery that is about to fail will often give little or no warning. If you suspect that your battery is failing, test it yourself or have it tested or replaced as soon as possible by Dixie Battery.  

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How do I replace my battery?

  1. Visually inspect the battery connections and note the location of the positive (+) and negative (-) terminals. 

  2. Disconnect the negative (-) cable from the battery with a wrench. 

  3. Disconnect the positive (+) cable. 

  4. Remove the hold-down clamp which holds the battery in place. 

  5. Lift out the battery. 

  6. Inspect the battery tray for corrosion or damage. Clean or replace the tray and attaching parts as needed. 

  7. Inspect the battery cables for damage. Clean or replace the cables as needed to ensure a good connection. 

  8. Install your new battery and secure it with the hold-down. Be sure the new battery is the same voltage and group size as your original equipment battery. Check to ensure that it has at least the same cold-cranking amp (CCA) and reserve capacity (RC) ratings as specified by the original equipment manufacturer. 

  9. Attach the positive (+) cable to the positive (+) terminal. 

  10. Attach the negative (-) cable to the negative (-) terminal. Be careful not to over tighten.
Dixie Battery is more than willing to install your battery free of charge.  Also be aware on some vehicles, an anti-theft feature of many radio systems causes them to go into locked mode when power is lost.  You many have to contact the vehicle manufacture to get the radio unlocked.  Dixie Battery also has a tool to maintain power to the vehicle while the battery is being changed.  Please ask us to use this tool on newer vehicles and especially on Hondas and other Foreign Cars.