- Titan Battery Replacement

BigSkiff

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Article title: Optima Battery For Your Titan

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Category: Lighting/Electrical

Date added: Jan 6 2008, 02:56 PM

Article starter: BigSkiff



Want to replace your old battery, but you're not sure what to do? Follow the procedure below and you'll see it's pretty easy. I chose to use an Optima 34S battery because it's a gel cell, spiral technology type battery. You can find out what all that means by looking in the tech section or by looking at Optima's website. The short version is that this battery needs zero maintanance, it can be mounted in any position, and best of all it gives off no corrosive fumes. It's got 800 Cold Cranking Amps (CCA) and will power just about anything you run in your truck. My Titan is an 04 SE with Big Tow and the Off Road packages which means it came with a bigger battery than those Titans that don't have the Big Tow option. If your trucks battery looks smaller than the original one in my truck that's why.



Installing the Optima requires one additional part, a replacement terminal end that costs $3.95. This is because the Titan has a fusable link box that is attached to the positive battery post. The post on the original battery is 1 3/4" back from the edge of the battery and on the Optima battery the post is 2 1/4" back from the edge of the battery. This has caused some Titan owners to have issues with the Optima battery. This simple terminal end will solve that problem and make this battery swap a simple procedure. It took me 30 minutes to change the battery. Mind you I was stopping to take pictures while I did the job so I would guess it will take you about 15 or 20 minutes to do this.



First of all you will need to buy these two items:









Here's a close up of the clamp in it's package and then out of the package. It's made by Autocraft. Part Number A1501142 I purchased it at Advanced Auto Parts. It's a common terminal end so it should be available just about everywhere.











So let's begin the swap. Open your hood and you should see a battery that looks more or less like this one:









This is the fuseable link I was talking about above:







Turn off ALL electrical accessories in your truck and then disconnect the NEGATIVE cable end. Always disconnect the NEGATIVE end first and reconnect it last! You'll need a 10mm wrench to loosen the cable clamp.







After you've loosened it up take it off the battery post and position it back and out of the way so that it can not accidently fall back onto the battery post.







Now you can pull back the positive post cover and remove the nut on the cable stud that holds the fuseable link box and the positive battery cable in place. The second picture shows both of these items a little better than the first.









You'll need to remove the old post clamp on the positive post so that you can remove the battery box cover. If your using a stock or OEM replacement you'll need to reuse it. The picture below shows you what it looks like removed from the battery.







Notice that the new replacement terminal end is about a 1/2" longer than the stock one. This allows you to install the Optima easily and still maintain an original appearance.







Now you can remove the clamp that holds the old battery in place. You'll need a 12mm socket, a ratchet, and a 6" extension, to loosen the clamp. Completely remove the 12mm bolt from the clamp.









Now that the clamp is loose, remove the battery box cover. It just slips up and off. It looks like this:







Clean up the battery box cover and save it. You can put it back on over your new battery.







Now use a couple of shop rags and lift your old battery up and out of the battery tray. The tray is shown in the second picture below:









Wipe or blow out the dirt, sand, leaves and crud that has collected in the battery tray. NOTE: If you blow it out, take all the safety precautions necessary to keep from getting this stuff in your eyes and mouth, and on your skin. Your original battery is a lead acid type battery and it gives off corrosive fumes that cause corrosion to collect in the tray and elsewhere around the battery. Clean it up, but do it safely. Think safety first!







Now we need to prepare our new Optima for install. It comes with a cover, mounting adapters which are stored inside the cover, and with a carry handle which you can remove and discard after you have placed the battery into the battery tray. Note: you will also discard the cover.











Next you will need to snap the thinner of the two long mount adapters into the square mounting holes in the base of the battery. It should look like this when installed on the battery.







Now you can set your new battery into the battery tray and reinsert the bolt into the battery box clamp. Use the 12mm socket to tighten it back down and lock the battery into place. It should look like this when tight.







Now slip the battery box cover back over your new battery. Note that the cover has two different sides. make sure you have it positioned as in the picture below.







Now you can install the new terminal clamp on the positive battery post and then reconnect the positive battery cable and the fuseable link box. Be sure to reinstall them in the same order they came off: Cable first, link box second, then tighten the nut or wing nut securely.









Now you can close the positive cable end cover over the post.







Last reconnect the negative battery cable and you should then have a new battery that looks like this:







Now start your truck make sure everything works and reset your radio presets! You're done!
 

krh2

Administrator
[quote name='Homer' post='119404' date='Jan 6 2008, 01:43 PM']EXCELLENT write-up! Thanks for taking the time and the pics. I'm still running the original battery and she's coming up on 4 years, so I figure I'll need a new one sometime soon and I am a big fan of the Optima. <img src='http://www.titanspot.com/Titan/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/023.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />[/quote]



You may want to do it soon. I've read too many stories of no warning and poof... stranded. JMO
 

BigSkiff

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[quote name='Homer' post='119404' date='Jan 6 2008, 04:43 PM']EXCELLENT write-up! Thanks for taking the time and the pics. I'm still running the original battery and she's coming up on 4 years, so I figure I'll need a new one sometime soon and I am a big fan of the Optima. <img src='http://www.titanspot.com/Titan/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/023.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />[/quote]





Good to hear from ya, Homer! Yeah, my battery was four years old and it was starting to run down. Fortunately, my Titan has always started real easy and usually ticks off after just a crank or two. I'm adding a power converter and a laptop setup to my truck and I didn't want to push the old battery any further. I was surprised at how much faster the new battery cranks the engine! It's just like new ......... tap the key and it's running.



Prices for the Optima Red Top vary quite a bit from place to place. I bought mine at the Advanced Auto Parts store down the street from my house and to my surprise it was only $155. I've seen it sold for as much as $218 in some places. I wasn't shopping around, just got lucky. It may be cheaper yet somewhere else. It is a bit more expensive than conventional batteries but the warranty is exceptional and I won't need to buy another one for as long as I own this truck. The warranty is 36 months free replacement and 36 additional months pro-rated replacement. That six years and that's long enough for me. Incidently, you can get it serviced and file warranty claims through any Interstate Battery dealer. Or at least that's what I was told by the local Interstate dealer here in Jacksonville, FL.



Here's the link to the Optima web site for anyone that's interested in this battery!



http://www.optimabatteries.com/optima_edge/
 

BLWedge09

Administrator
Article title: Optima Battery For Your Titan

Article description:

Category: Lighting/Electrical

Date added: 01/06/2008

Article starter: BigSkiff



Want to replace your old battery, but you're not sure what to do? Follow the procedure below and you'll see it's pretty easy. I chose to use an Optima 34S battery because it's a gel cell, spiral technology type battery. You can find out what all that means by looking in the tech section or by looking at Optima's website. The short version is that this battery needs zero maintanance, it can be mounted in any position, and best of all it gives off no corrosive fumes. It's got 800 Cold Cranking Amps (CCA) and will power just about anything you run in your truck. My Titan is an 04 SE with Big Tow and the Off Road packages which means it came with a bigger battery than those Titans that don't have the Big Tow option. If your trucks battery looks smaller than the original one in my truck that's why.



Installing the Optima requires one additional part, a replacement terminal end that costs $3.95. This is because the Titan has a fusable link box that is attached to the positive battery post. The post on the original battery is 1 3/4" back from the edge of the battery and on the Optima battery the post is 2 1/4" back from the edge of the battery. This has caused some Titan owners to have issues with the Optima battery. This simple terminal end will solve that problem and make this battery swap a simple procedure. It took me 30 minutes to change the battery. Mind you I was stopping to take pictures while I did the job so I would guess it will take you about 15 or 20 minutes to do this.



First of all you will need to buy these two items:









Here's a close up of the clamp in it's package and then out of the package. It's made by Autocraft. Part Number A1501142 I purchased it at Advanced Auto Parts. It's a common terminal end so it should be available just about everywhere.











So let's begin the swap. Open your hood and you should see a battery that looks more or less like this one:









This is the fuseable link I was talking about above:







Turn off ALL electrical accessories in your truck and then disconnect the NEGATIVE cable end. Always disconnect the NEGATIVE end first and reconnect it last! You'll need a 10mm wrench to loosen the cable clamp.







After you've loosened it up take it off the battery post and position it back and out of the way so that it can not accidently fall back onto the battery post.







Now you can pull back the positive post cover and remove the nut on the cable stud that holds the fuseable link box and the positive battery cable in place. The second picture shows both of these items a little better than the first.









You'll need to remove the old post clamp on the positive post so that you can remove the battery box cover. If your using a stock or OEM replacement you'll need to reuse it. The picture below shows you what it looks like removed from the battery.







Notice that the new replacement terminal end is about a 1/2" longer than the stock one. This allows you to install the Optima easily and still maintain an original appearance.







Now you can remove the clamp that holds the old battery in place. You'll need a 12mm socket, a ratchet, and a 6" extension, to loosen the clamp. Completely remove the 12mm bolt from the clamp.









Now that the clamp is loose, remove the battery box cover. It just slips up and off. It looks like this:







Clean up the battery box cover and save it. You can put it back on over your new battery.







Now use a couple of shop rags and lift your old battery up and out of the battery tray. The tray is shown in the second picture below:









Wipe or blow out the dirt, sand, leaves and crud that has collected in the battery tray. NOTE: If you blow it out, take all the safety precautions necessary to keep from getting this stuff in your eyes and mouth, and on your skin. Your original battery is a lead acid type battery and it gives off corrosive fumes that cause corrosion to collect in the tray and elsewhere around the battery. Clean it up, but do it safely. Think safety first!







Now we need to prepare our new Optima for install. It comes with a cover, mounting adapters which are stored inside the cover, and with a carry handle which you can remove and discard after you have placed the battery into the battery tray. Note: you will also discard the cover.











Next you will need to snap the thinner of the two long mount adapters into the square mounting holes in the base of the battery. It should look like this when installed on the battery.







Now you can set your new battery into the battery tray and reinsert the bolt into the battery box clamp. Use the 12mm socket to tighten it back down and lock the battery into place. It should look like this when tight.







Now slip the battery box cover back over your new battery. Note that the cover has two different sides. make sure you have it positioned as in the picture below.







Now you can install the new terminal clamp on the positive battery post and then reconnect the positive battery cable and the fuseable link box. Be sure to reinstall them in the same order they came off: Cable first, link box second, then tighten the nut or wing nut securely.









Now you can close the positive cable end cover over the post.







Last reconnect the negative battery cable and you should then have a new battery that looks like this:







Now start your truck make sure everything works and reset your radio presets! Your done!
 

BLWedge09

Administrator
Article imported into the TItanSpot Tech wiki. Nice write-up. Kev, I deleted the version you created and did an import. I then merged the existing thread with the automatic Tech Wiki thread so all info would be in here.
 

jhromy

New Member
I also have an Optima redtop battery. Its a very nice battery. I used the same terminal post as you did also.
 

GF_Titan

New Member
That was a great write-up, Big! For guys like me that are not all that mechanically inclined, this will help a lot!!! Thanks!
 

Homer

New Member
[quote name='krh2' post='119405' date='Jan 6 2008, 06:59 PM']You may want to do it soon. I've read too many stories of no warning and poof... stranded. JMO[/quote]

Yep, that's what I'm afraid of. I've had zero problems so far but don't want to get caught short. I replaced the battery in my vette with a yellow top after reading many negative stories about the original Delco. I wasn't having problems but took the proactive approach and plan on doing the same with the Titan.
 

krh2

Administrator
[quote name='honeykeeper' post='126176' date='May 1 2008, 07:12 PM']Well I got over 61K on the OEM battery but I'm thinking this is the way I'm going to upgrade and go with the higher amperage red top...maybe next week....or the next....or the next...but I like it!!!~ <img src='http://www.titanspot.com/Titan/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/004.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':smt004' /> <img src='http://www.titanspot.com/Titan/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/001.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':smt017' />[/quote]



Come on Tom... Go with the best.. IMO...



http://www.titanspot.com/Titan/index.php?showtopic=5994
 

honeykeeper

New Member
I finally changed to the "Red Top" a few weeks ago after putting 67K miles on the OEM Big Tow battery and it was still cranking strong.

The new "Red Top" is now called a Model 35 and no plastic attachments included are needed for a direct drop-in. <img src='http://www.titanspot.com/Titan/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/023.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':cheers:' />

I used the same terminal adapter on the positive stud mount from Advance Auto. Thanks Sir Big Skiff!... <img src='http://www.titanspot.com/Titan/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/006.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':smt003' />
 

honeykeeper

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[quote name='titannewbieinct' post='133823' date='Oct 6 2008, 12:21 PM']a yellow top is a must. i had mine in there when i sold my altima....big mistake. never dead! even with 2 amps and 2 15'' speakers![/quote]

The only REAL difference is the case/terminals/warranty/price.....not the cells/power.....I think.lol! <img src='http://www.titanspot.com/Titan/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/004.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':cheers:' /> <img src='http://www.titanspot.com/Titan/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/001.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':smt003' />
 

honeykeeper

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[quote name='krh2' post='133884' date='Oct 6 2008, 11:15 PM']Meh, still like mine better.. <img src='http://www.titanspot.com/Titan/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/002.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':smt002' />



http://www.titanspot.com/Titan/index.php?showtopic=5994



<img src='http://www.titanspot.com/Titan/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/003.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':smt003' />[/quote]

But yours cost more than twice as much..and less warranty! lol....... <img src='http://www.titanspot.com/Titan/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/004.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':smt004' />
 

DClights

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This is a good how to thread skiff nice job on the pics and the write up. I just use the same ole battery type that came with the truck I never looked into the gel cells or any of that other high tech stuff there.
 
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