Originally Posted by snub17
Well i got theWilmar energizer max 108-35n for my 2004 sienna, since that was the only recommendation in the battery selector group. But my question is the terminals are reversed, so how do i get around that plus what is the right way to remove the bar holding the OEM battery in place.
I just replaced my Toyota battery today (tested bad with a bad cell). Sad thing is it was only 2 yrs old according to the date sticker on top. It came with the van when I bought it used and when I talked to the dealership they said I had to have the receipt for any warranty claims since it was not the original battery. I went to Walmart instead and the Walmart guide recommended the Energizer Maxx 24FS for me on my 07 Sienna. It was an easy swap and perfect fit. I am not sure why it did not recommend the 24f(s)(s is for south, I live in Florida) for you. If they have a group 24F size battery available, I would return the 35n and exchange it for the 24F as this would be a better battery and you would not have to deal with the reversed terminals. I have attached some pics of the replacement for anyone interested. General steps are:
You should always wear acid-resistant gloves, goggles, and an apron. Also, no smoking or sparks around a car battery. Batteries give off Hydrogen gas which can explode if ignited by a spark
1: Disconnect the cable terminals from the old battery's terminals (negative/black first and then positive/red). All nuts and bolts are 10mm so you only need one wrench.
2. Remove the frame or bracket holding the battery in place,
The rear most nut on the bracket is threaded to a rod which has a hook on the end of it. The hook fits into a slot near the bottom of the battery tray. You do not deed to remove the nut but just loosen it enough to allow the hook to slip out of the anchor point.
Then remove the forward most bolt on the bracket. Remove the bracket.
3. Lift the old battery out.
4. Clean the cable terminals with a wire brush and baking soda and water if they're corroded or dirty. Also there is a plastic battery tray at the bottom that just lifts out and should be cleaned and returned to position.
5. Lower the new battery into position, with the positive and negative poles in the same relative positions as before.
6. Reattach the hold down bracket by reinserting the hook of the hold down rod back into the anchor point and snugging up the nut finger tight. This will allow you to move the battery to line up the second bolt in the hold down bracket. Tighten the bolts securely (do not overtighten).
7. Connect the cables to the new battery securely - positive to positive and then negative to negative. The cable ends should not be able to move; any looseness can prevent your car from starting.
8. reattach the positive cable cover and you are done!!
Remember to reset you clock, radio station presets and the automatic window functions.