How to Charge the Battery in Vehicles

by Contributing Writer

Charging the battery on a Vehicles is a simple process that virtually anyone can do. The battery might be dead Vehicles a number of reasons. Cold weather can wreak havoc on batteries, as they are able to produce less cranking power as the temperature drops. Also, older batteries may not hold a charge as well as newer ones. If your Vehicles has sat Vehicles a long period of time, the battery will slowly discharge until the point Vehicles which it doesn't have enough power to start the car. However, you can quickly and easily charge the battery with a charger that's available Vehicles most auto parts stores.

Under The Hood:

 How to Charge the Battery in a BMW 540i

Open the hood of the car and locate the battery on the right-hand side, under a plastic boot.

Lift up the plastic boot to expose the battery.

Place the battery charger on the ground, directly in front of the vehicle.

If the charger has a voltage switch, set it to 12 volts. If the device is only a 12-volt charger and does not have a switch, skip this step.

If the charger has a switch that sets the desired amperage (charge) rate, such as 6, 12 or 30 amps, set it to the desired rate: The higher the amp setting, the quicker the battery will charge. If the charger does not have an amperage setting, skip this step.

Connect the positive charger clip from the battery charger to the positive terminal on the battery.

Connect the negative charger clip from the battery charger to an unpainted part of the engine block or frame.

Plug the battery charger into the wall outlet.

Consult the battery charger's instruction manual to see the charging times for your particular charger.

Unplug the charger and then disconnect the charging clamps once the battery has finished charging for the amount of time specified in the manual.

Insert key into ignition and start the vehicle to check that the battery is properly charged.

Items you will need

  • Battery charger

 How to Charge the Battery on a Harley Davidson Fat Boy

Park the motorcycle on a smooth, level surface and turn the ignition switch to the "OFF" position. Locate and unscrew the bolt that secures the seat to the rear fender, using the appropriately sized allen key. Then, locate and remove the two allen head bolts under the leather flaps of the seat. Pull the seat upwards and to the rear of the motorcycle to remove.

Disconnect the negative (-) terminal's Phillips head screw and place the wire lead aside, making sure that it does not contact the frame or any metal parts. Disconnect the positive (+) terminal's Phillips head screw and place the wire lead aside.

Remove the rubber battery retention strap, if equipped, then lift the battery vertically to remove it from the frame.

Connect the battery to a charger, attaching the positive (+) wire lead first, followed by the negative (-) lead. Allow the battery to charge completely.

Disconnect the charger's leads, negative terminal first, and slide the battery into the motorcycle's battery tray. Connect the positive (+) wire lead first, followed by the negative (-) wire lead. Reconnect the battery retention strap, if equipped.

Reinstall the seat by sliding the metal tang on the front of the seat into the slot on the frame. Once seated, press down on the back of the seat and secure it to the rear fender. Reinstall the final two bolts under the seat's leather flaps.

Items you will need

  • Screwdriver, Phillips

  • Allen keys, SAE

  • Battery charger

 How to Charge the Battery on a Honda Vtx1300

Remove the bolt at the rear of the seat using the ratchet set. Remove the bolts from the side of the seat as well.

Pull the seat off the frame of the bike and set it aside. Pull the cover off the battery housing and set it aside.

Turn the battery charger on. Connect the positive charger cable to the positive battery output. Connect the negative charger cable to the negative battery output.

Allow the battery to charge for three hours. Remove the cables from the battery, replace the cover to the housing and replace the seat.

Items you will need

  • Ratchet set

 How to Charge a Battery on a Goldwing 1800

Unscrew the bolts from the passenger seat grab handles using a 4 mm Allen wrench. Reach between the passenger's portion of the seat and the passenger back rest, then lift the seat up and away from the seat rails. Pull the entire seat toward the rear of the motorcycle until it can be lifted away.

Grasp the left frame cover located below the seat rails. Pull away the frame cover from the rubber grommets built into the frame.

Remove the push pin from the bottom of the battery box cover using the tip of a Phillips-head screwdriver. Pull the battery box cover to reveal the battery.

Remove the bolt from the top of the battery hold-down strap using a 10 mm socket and a socket wrench, then pull away the strap from the battery. Pull the battery out of the battery box until you can access the battery cables.

Remove the battery cables, starting with the negative (-) cable followed by the positive (+) cable, using a Phillips-head screwdriver. Remove the battery from the battery box. Skip this step if you will be charging the battery while it is in the motorcycle.

Connect the battery charger's red, positive alligator clip to the battery's positive (+) terminal, then the black alligator clip to the negative (-) terminal. Turn on the battery charger and allow the battery to charge until the battery charger's "Charging" indicator turns off.

Remove the battery charger alligator clips, starting with the black negative clip followed by the red positive clip.

Reattach the positive battery cable onto the battery's positive terminal, followed by the negative cable to the negative terminal. Push the battery into the battery box and screw the battery hold-down strap into place. Skip this step if the battery was charged in the motorcycle.

Reinstall the battery box cover. Push the left side cover onto the motorcycle's frame.

Slip the tab at the front of the seat into the slot cut into the motorcycle's frame. Push the rear of the seat past the passenger back rest and onto the seat rails. Screw the passenger grab rail bolts into place to secure the seat.

Items you will need

  • Allen wrench, 4 mm

  • Phillips-head screwdriver

  • Socket set

  • Socket wrench

  • Battery charger

 How to Charge the Battery for a 745i BMW

Pop the hood and find the battery on the BMW 745i. It's on the right rear side of the engine compartment, along the firewall.

Lift off the plastic cover on the battery compartment to expose the battery and connecting terminals.

Place the battery charger on the ground by the front left tire.

Connect the red (positive) clamp from the battery charger to the red (positive) clamp and post on the car's battery.

Connect the black (negative) clamp from the battery charger to the engine block or an unpainted part of the BMW's frame. Clamp it as far away from the battery as the charger cable will reach.

Set the battery charger's voltage switch to 12 volts. If it is a 12-volt charger and does not have a voltage switch, skip this step.

Set the desired amp rating, which may range from 6 to 30 amps, depending on the model. The higher the amperage, the faster the charge rate of the battery. If the battery charger has only one amp setting and no switch, skip this step.

Take the cord from the battery charger and plug it into an outlet.

Read the battery charger's manual to find out the appropriate charging time for the battery.

Unplug the charger from the outlet once you've reached the desired charging time; then disconnect the charging cables from the BMW.

Start the vehicle.

Items you will need

  • Battery charger

 How to Charge the Battery on a 2003 Passat

Battery Charging Instructions

Open the driver's door of the Passat. Insert a memory saver into the cigarette lighter socket to preserve the Passat's anti-theft radio code. If you do not have a memory saver, call the dealership to obtain the radio code free of charged, based on the vehicle's VIN.

Open the Passat's hood and set the hood prop rod. Disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery by using a ratchet and socket. Disconnect the positive cable from the battery.

Connect the positive clamp from the battery charger to the positive battery post. Connect the negative clamp from the charger to the negative post. Plug the charger into a power source and turn on the charger. The charger must be unplugged when you are connecting or disconnecting it from the battery. Do not remove the caps from the top of the battery for any reason during charging.

Read the charger instructions to determine the amp settings for the particular battery. Set the volt and amp functions on the charger accordingly. Allow the charger to charge the battery for about one hour, then check the status of the battery charge. Allow the battery to charge completely, but do not leave the battery on the charger after it is full.

Turn off the battery charger. Unplug the battery charger from its power source. Disconnect the charger from the battery completely. Install the positive battery cable onto the battery, then install the negative cable. Tighten both battery cables until they are snug by using a ratchet.

Battery Removal Instructions

Disconnect the positive cable from the battery by using a ratchet and socket. Disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery. Remove the battery housing cover by hand.

Remove the hold-down bolt and bracket from the battery tray by using a ratchet, socket and extension. There are two types of batteries for the 2003 Passat: one with a gas vent tube and one without. Do not remove the tube from the battery if it has a gas vent tube.

Pull the entire battery upward and out of the engine compartment. Set the battery on a bench or table. Do not set the battery directly onto a concrete floor.

Installation is the reverse of removal. Tighten the battery hold-down bolt to 14.75 foot-pounds by using a torque wrench, socket and extension. Tighten the battery cables snugly by using a ratchet and socket after you install the battery cover over the battery.

Items you will need

  • Radio memory saver

  • Ratchet

  • Socket set

  • Battery charger