Volkswagen Golf/Jetta 2 manual

Battery - removal and refitting
Starting and charging systems / Battery - removal and refitting

Caution: When reconnecting the battery, always connect the positive lead first and the negative lead last.

Note: If renewing the battery, a centralised ventilation type battery is recommended rather than one with ventilation plugs. If a battery with ventilated plugs is fitted, it will be necessary to fit a protective cover over the battery to prevent water spray entering and causing it to be over-filled, which would cause the acid level within the battery to overflow and damage surrounding components Removal
1 The battery is located in the engine compartment on the left-hand side.

2 Loosen the battery terminal clamp nuts and disconnect the negative lead followed by the positive lead (see illustration).

4.2 Battery positive terminal connection
4.2 Battery positive terminal connection

3 Unscrew the bolt and remove the battery retaining clamp (see illustration).

4.3 Battery retaining clamp and bolt
4.3 Battery retaining clamp and bolt

4 Lift the battery from its platform whilst taking care not to spill any electrolyte on the bodywork.

5 Refitting is a reversal of removal. Note the following:
a) Ensure that the leads are fitted to their correct terminals
b) Do not overtighten the lead clamp nuts or battery retaining clamp bolt c) Smear a little petroleum jelly on the terminals and clamps

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