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Battery Hold Down at 1A Auto
What is a Battery Hold Down and where is it Located?
The battery hold-down, along with the battery tray, helps keep your battery secured in place. The hold-down can vary in design from one model or another, but typically it’s a metal or plastic bracket (sometimes also referred to as a bar or clamp) that goes over the top of the battery. Bolts are commonly used on each side to actually keep the hold-down in place over the battery, and they grab on to the battery tray or the body itself. This keeps the battery from moving around while the vehicle is in motion. Another kind of battery hold-down that you may see is designed like a triangle piece of metal or plastic, and it grabs onto the battery at the bottom near its base.
A moving battery could damage nearby engine parts, or cause damage to the battery itself. It could also loosen the battery connections, which will keep the battery from efficiently supplying power to the car or truck’s electrical systems.
How do I Know if my Battery Hold-Down Needs to be Replaced?
The battery hold-down can wear out and loosen over time or can suffer from rust or corrosion. In addition, corrosion from a leaky/old battery can eat away at the metallic hold-down or seize the nut and bolt together. You can check your battery hold-down for looseness by hand. If you can move the battery by hand, then the hold-down is loose. In some cases, you may be able to tighten it by tightening the mounting hardware. If the hold-down is rusted, though, it will probably need to be replaced.
If you’ve bought a used car, you may find that the previous owner neglected to reinstall the battery hold-down. Since you now know (better than the previous owner did) that a loose battery won’t work as well and can damage other parts, not to mention that it can also short out on the car and cause a fire, you’ll want to get a replacement battery hold-down as soon as possible if the one in your vehicle has failed.
Can I Replace a Battery Hold-Down Myself?
Replacing a battery hold down will prove pretty easy – easier than replacing a battery, in fact, since you have to remove the hold-down to take out the battery anyway. All you have to do is remove the nuts or bolts from the old battery hold-down, pull it out, put in the new one and mount it. Then you can rest assured that your battery will stay right where it belongs.
Need a Replacement Battery Hold-Down?
Without a properly functioning battery hold down, your vehicle’s battery runs the risk of moving around too much while the car or truck is in motion and hitting other important components found under the hood as a result, as well as not working as well as it should. So, shop at 1A Auto and replace that broken or missing battery hold down today! We carry a large selection of battery hold downs for many makes and models, and at great prices. They are just what you need to keep your battery in place!
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