How to Replace a Battery on a Chevrolet Equinox

by John Rose

Ford enthusiasts often take credit for kicking off the mid-sized SUV revolution with the Explorer, but Chevrolet beat them to the punch by a full seven years with the wildly popular S-10 based Blazer. Even the Explorer's predecessor, the Bronco II, was a year behind Chevrolet. While Ford reigned supreme for almost 20 years, the Blazer's grandson, the Equinox has been outselling Ford's upstart since 2010. In 2013 alone, GM's mid-sized SUV outsold Ford's almost two to one. Oh well -- you had a pretty good run, Henry.

Step 1

Open the hood and locate the battery compartment. It sits under the computer module on the driver’s side, near the fender apron.

Step 2

Remove the three Phillips screws holding the battery cover in place. Lift the cover off and set it aside.

Step 3

Connect a memory saver device to the battery cables or the 12-volt outlet per the manufacturer instructions. the memory saver will preserve your computer's settings, along with those for your radio and seats.

Step 4

Disconnect the negative battery cable with a wrench, and lift it free. Do the same with the positive cable, lift the battery out of the compartment and set it aside.

Step 5

Place the new battery in the compartment. Connect the positive, and then the negative battery cable. Tighten the cables down just snug.

Step 6

Reposition the cover on the battery compartment. Tighten the three Phillips screws. Don’t overtighten the screws or you will damage the threads.

Reposition the computer module and make sure it locks into place.

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