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Battery check Ford Ka 1996 - 2004 Petrol 1.3 ENDURA-E

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Ford Ka 1996 - 2004  | 1.3 ENDURA-E Battery check

  • time 5 minutes
  • difficulty 1
Locate the battery
Check the Negative (-) terminal clamp is tight
Open the 'Positive' (+) protective cover
Check the Positive (+) terminal clamp is tight. CAUTION If using a spanner to tighten the terminal, be careful not to short the spanner on the bodywork
Check the battery is generally secure, and if loose, tighten the battery retainer
To tighten, a 13mm socket is needed. Not too tight as you may damage the battery casing. If you have to replace the battery, click below
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Battery removal & replacement


1 The battery is located on the left-hand side of the engine compartment, on a platform on the vehicle structure above the transmission. It maybe enclosed in an insulated box (see illustration) .
The battery is located on the left-hand side of the engine compartment
2 Lift the lid of the battery box (where fitted) and remove it, then loosen the clamp bolt and detach the earth lead from the battery negative (earth) terminal (see illustration) . This is the terminal to disconnect before working on, or disconnecting, any electrical component on the vehicle. Position the lead away from the battery.
Disconnecting the battery negative (earth) lead
3 Loosen the positive lead clamp bolt. Detach the positive lead from the terminal and position it away from the battery.
4 Unscrew the single nut and raise the retaining strap from the top of the battery. Lift the battery from its location, keeping it in an upright position to avoid the possibility of corrosive electrolyte spilling onto the paintwork.
5 Remove the battery box and insulators from the platform where fitted.
6 Clean the battery terminal posts, clamps and the battery casing. If the platform is corroded as a result of battery acid spilling onto it, clean it thoroughly and re-paint.
7 If you are renewing the battery, make sure that you get the correct one, and dispose of the old battery in a responsible fashion. Most local authorities have facilities for the collection and disposal of such items.


8 Refitting is a reversal of removal. Smear the battery terminals with a petroleum-based jelly prior to reconnecting. Always connect the positive terminal clamp first and the negative terminal clamp last.
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