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Battery replacement for 451

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Hello all,

I had the great luck to be away for six weeks, south of the equator :) Please don't hate me ;)

Anyway, after coming back to this -20 ºC and below weather, I was not surprised to see the (still original) battery in my car seemed to be discharged. Lights and radio worked but there was no way the engine would turn.

I plugged in a battery charger for about 3 hours, plus an electric heater to make sure temp in the cabin (and battery) were above 0 ºC. After that the car started fine and I drove it for about 30 clicks to make sure it got enough juice to start again later on.

All this said, it maybe time to change the battery and I had two questions:

1. Any recommendations on replacement battery (451)?

2. Is there a special procedure to replace the battery? (other than unplug old and plug new [such as radio codes, computer reset or such?])

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Disconnect the negative first, and hook it up last.

I'm not 100% sure the 451 is the same, but you'll need the 4 digit radio code from the owners manual after you swap the battery. Otherwise you're good to go.

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Thank you guys. It looks like the battery is OK (at least for now). At least now I know what to do when it is time to change it.

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