How to Change a Battery in a 2003 Chevy Venture Van

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Auto batteries, after time and extended use, can lose their capability of holding a charge. In order to keep your 2003 Chevy Venture safe and reliable, you must replace a bad battery immediately after it begins to fail. Battery replacement is a simple task that requires a few basic tools and 5 to 10 minutes of time.

Things You'll Need

  • Crescent wrench
  • Replacement auto battery
  • Park your Chevy on an open, flat surface and turn off the ignition.

  • Open the hood and secure it with the lock bar.

  • Remove the black and red plastic covers from the battery terminals, if applicable. The covers pop off when lifted.

  • Remove the mounting bolts on both the positive and negative terminal connections using a crescent wrench.

  • Slide the terminals off the battery posts.

  • Lift the old battery out of its housing.

  • Slide a new auto battery into place in the housing.

  • Replace the positive, then negative terminals on the appropriate battery post. Make sure you match up the red (positive) and black (negative). Replace the mounting bolts on both terminals with a crescent wrench.

  • Place the plastic covers back on the terminals and close the vehicle's hood.

Tips & Warnings

  • Purchasing a new battery may be more cost-effective than buying a refurbished battery.
  • Always use caution when working around possible live electrical ends.

References

  • Photo Credit Jeffrey Coolidge/Photodisc/Getty Images
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